Tyler Thomson is a 16 year old, grade 11 student currently attending A.N. Myer. Throughout his sports career he has participated in many sports, including travel soccer, ice hockey and ball hockey, volleyball, cross country, track and field and basketball. When he entered high school in 2012, he decided to focus mainly on track, cross country and basketball, while still having successes in other sports and education.
Tyler has been an honor roll student each year of his high school career. Education has always been Tyler’s priority, yet sports has always been a very important and influential part of his life. In both his grade 9 and 10 years he was awarded Male Athlete of the Year for A.N. Myer Secondary School. During those 2 years, Tyler won 7 zone championships and had 3 OFSAA appearances in cross country and track and field. This was all highlighted by setting 3 school records for the 1500 meter, 3000 meter and 2000 meter steeplechase.
In grade 11, Tyler’s main focus was basketball, but he continued to have significant success in track and field, volleyball and cross country. His volleyball team had a strong year, winning a zone championship. In track and field, Tyler had another strong year, breaking his prior steeplechase record and setting a new school record in the 400 meter hurdles. These times qualified him for another OFSAA appearance. Tyler currently holds 4 school records in track and field. Tyler also experienced a lot of success on the basketball court at A.N. Myer this past season. As co-captain of the team he helped lead the team to 3 tournament wins and he was selected to the first team all-stars in 2 of these tournaments. A.N. Myer basketball also took home the zone championship, with Tyler scoring a team high 23 points in that game. The biggest achievement of his basketball season came next as he was named the recipient of the George Hillesheim award. This award is given to the best basketball player in the city and has been awarded for the past 69 years.
In 2006 he began playing travel basketball with the Niagara Falls Red Raiders. For the next 8 years Tyler stayed with the organization competing, with success, in tournaments all around the province and in the United States. This past year he was selected to play with Milton S-Elite/ Jerry Stackhouse Elite AAU basketball program. This program is one of the top teams in North America. The team has participated in 2 tournaments, winning the Lebron “King” James invitational in Akron, OH and The Hoop Group Grassroots event in New Jersey. The season is still in progress and tournaments on the schedule include, the Canadian National Championships, and tournaments in Cincinnati and Las Vegas.