For Trent Crane, sports run in the family, and he has been actively participating in sports since he was only four years of age.
You could technically say Trent was born into a life of sport, as his parents both played high levels of baseball and hockey themselves. This gave Trent the natural desire to pick up a hockey stick at four, and then a baseball bat when he was six. But two sports were not enough for Trent, so he added to his resume by picking up a golf club at the age of four. Ever since then, Trent has continued to push himself to excel at new sports.
Last year, Trent was named the 2018 Garden Valley Collegiate JV Athlete of the Year for his participation in seven sports (yes you read that correctly) which included: soccer, baseball, golf, hockey, track, cross country and badminton. Trent played six of these sports at the varsity level, all while he was only in Grade 9. But when Trent gets a moment off, he enjoys being a normal teen for a bit, watching Netflix and hanging out with his friends.
This summer, Trent will be representing Team Manitoba in baseball at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG) in Swift Current. This is quite an exciting opportunity for Trent, who is somewhat of a Games expert. Trent was set to compete in hockey at the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games but unfortunately could not attend due to an injury that sidelined him just two weeks before the Games began.
This injury might have kept Trent out of Thompson, but it didn’t keep him out of the Games completely. His teammates FaceTimed him throughout the Games, showing him where they were staying, what they were eating, and never letting him miss a moment with them. As well, this past winter, Trent had the chance to compete in hockey at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
Last year was extra special for Trent and all of his supporters, as he was drafted to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. When Trent attended their fall rookie/main camps, they asked him to sign with the team on a standard WHL contract. When asked how he liked playing with the team, Trent proudly said “It was a good experience, especially playing in the exhibition game in Kelowna, all the guys were so nice to me, and they brought me in like family.”
The last few years have been quite a ride for Trent, and he is extremely thankful for all of those who have supported him through sport so far.
“I just want to say thanks to all the people that got me to the place I am today, especially in hockey and baseball. I want to thank my parents for taking the time to drive me, and paying for all my equipment," he said.
"As well, I want to thank all my teammates from all of my teams, because without them I would not have the success I do today.”
At the end of the day, Trent is very grateful to Baseball Manitoba and North Winnipeg Minor Baseball for giving him the opportunity to play ball this year in the north region. Otherwise, he would not have been able to try out for Team Toba.
Trent is looking forward to attending the 2019 WCSG with the Manitoba baseball team. He is confident in the team, as they have an extremely well-rounded roster and a very dedicated coaching staff. Trent is hoping to leave the 2019 WCSG with a gold medal.