By Mariana Echeverri Alvarez, Communications Coordinator

Kingston Thomas is a talented volleyball player whose passion and dedication are as boundless as his potential. Kingston’s journey in volleyball is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of community support. He hails from Brochet, a community located 16 hours away by boat and car from Winnipeg. He moved to Brandon in Grade 10 to pursue volleyball and attend high school, as his community does not have a high school facility. Kingston is a proud Barren Lands First Nation member and identifies as Cree.


Discovering a Passion

“My name is Kingston Thomas, and I really like volleyball,” Kingston says with a smile. 

This simple introduction reveals a profound love for the sport that has shaped his life. For Kingston, volleyball is more than just a game; it’s a source of joy and a way to connect with others.

Kingston’s journey with volleyball began in his childhood. 

“It all started when I was a kid. I just found the sport very entertaining,” he recalls. “I always trained in my backyard, bumping the ball into my dad’s shed or setting it. I don’t know, I just really like the sport, and it makes me feel like everything is okay.”


Family Influence and Inspiration

Kingston’s passion for volleyball was nurtured by his family. His brother, Devon Halkett, an accomplished volleyball player, was Kingston’s primary inspiration.

“My whole family played volleyball, but my brother really inspired me because he was a really good player. I wanted to be like him because he’s my role model.”

The support of his family didn’t stop there. His sister and parents played crucial roles in his development as an athlete. 

“My brother and sister help me a lot, taking me to practices every day,” Kingston shares.

“My parents also support me, taking me to tournaments and covering my fees. I really thank them for all their support.”



Triumph at the North American Indigenous Games

Kingston’s hard work and dedication paid off in a big way when he and his team clinched the gold medal at the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Halifax. 

“The experience was absolutely amazing, probably one of my best sports trips ever,” Kingston says. 

Halifax’s welcoming atmosphere and the camaraderie among fellow Indigenous athletes made the event unforgettable.

“Seeing all the Indigenous people playing from different provinces was very heartening. Playing against other Indigenous people was just a really good experience, and I made some really nice friends from different provinces,” he adds.

Initially, Kingston and his team didn’t expect to win. 

“Of course, we didn’t expect to win, but after the first couple of games, it felt like we had a very good chance,” he explains. 

The team’s connection and excellent play paved the way for their victory. 

“We played really good volleyball together and had great chemistry. That really helped us win the entire thing.”


Opportunities in Sport

Kingston believes in the athletic potential of many young athletes in Indigenous communities. 

“Some kids from where I’m from have so much potential, but don’t get the chance to develop it. I think having more opportunities for Indigenous people to play in high school games, join a [triple A] school, or a club team would be very good for them.”

Kingston’s message to other Indigenous youth aspiring to pursue sports is empowerment and resilience. 

“Indigenous kids have so much worth. Anything you put your mind to, you can do if you believe in yourself. Put the work in, and don’t give up on yourself because of a little hiccup in your life. Keep going until you achieve your goals and believe in yourself.”


Looking Ahead

Kingston’s immediate future is filled with exciting opportunities.

 “I have nationals for 17U club. I’m really excited about that and trying to stay focused to hopefully win it all.”

His long-term goals include getting recruited by a university and playing for a top team.