On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Jamie Shaw was inducted into the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame.
Shaw was a dedicated coach and teacher as well as serving as the athletic director at F.H. Collins Secondary School from 2007 to 2016, when he became the school’s Vice-Principal.
He coached a number of teams across a variety of sports, including basketball, hockey, and athletics, and coached for Team Yukon in numerous national and international competitions, including the Canada Games, Arctic Winter Games, Western Canada Games, and more.
Shaw believed that hard work paid off and saw sport as the perfect conduit for athletes and coaches alike to challenge themselves, to grow, and ultimately to succeed.
“Sometimes in life things go wrong,” Shaw said. “It’s how you deal with it. Sports give us the avenue to learn how to deal with it.”
He cherished education, both as a responsibility and privilege as a teacher, but also as a life-long student, who continually trained and gained coaching certifications in a variety of sports.
Known for his humour and generosity, Shaw was equally dedicated to the development of Yukon coaches as he was to athletes, mentoring numerous coaches who continue to work hard developing sport across the territory.
In 2018, Shaw passed away following a decade-long battle with cancer. In that time, his dedication to athletes and coaches never wavered, and he continued to infuse his energy and enthusiasm into every corner of the Yukon sport community.
His passion for sport and commitment to life-long learning is carried on by the Jamie Shaw Memorial Fund, which provides access to training and development for Yukon athletes and coaches; and by the Jamie Shaw Basketball Tournament held annually in Whitehorse.