‘He would have liked this’

Members of the Weir and Halyk families play the ceremonial first point on the Nigel Weir Memorial Court at the Alfred Jenkins Field House on Tuesday. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

City’s new beach volleyball facility includes Nigel Weir Memorial Court

On Tuesday afternoon the Prince Albert Volleyball Association (PAVA) and the City of Prince Albert unveiled the city’s four new beach volleyball courts on the north side of the Alfred Jenkins Field House.

Following opening remarks from volleyball coach Kim Jones and city councilor Ted Zurakowski, Jeff Weir stepped up to the baseline of the Nigel Weir Memorial Court to make the ceremonial first serve.

The court is named after Weir’s son Nigel, who grew up playing for the P.A. Volleyball Club’s Smashing Bananas and the St. Mary Marauders volleyball team. Nigel, who went on to study kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, passed away while on exchange at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia in 2015 at the age of 21.

“It takes a long time to live with the loss of a loved one and things like this help,” Weir said as young volleyball players poured onto the courts.

“It’s great to see kids here and having fun and that’s what (Nigel) liked. He was an only child and he loved his friends getting together, so he would have liked this… His friends did most of the fundraising to make this happen. I miss him a lot and I’m very proud of him and the friendships that he made.”

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