There are no limits for six-foot-nine Sharone Vernon-Evans, the rookie—and youngest—player on the Canadian indoor men’s volleyball team that competed this year in the top tier of the FIVB World League, the premier annual men’s volleyball tournament.
The former star of the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Mississauga Pakmen, Vernon-Evans recorded a spike-hit height of 3.82 metres (12 feet, 6.5 inches) – that’s 1.4 metres clear of the official net height—called out as one of the Top 20 Crazy Moments from the summer tournament.
A life-long Scarborough resident and graduate of Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Sharone embarks on his professional career this fall with Poland’s ONICO Warsaw team. He’ll keep playing with the Canada Senior Men’s Team in the off-season.
“I believe that sports in any community are beneficial to a child’s life, as they provide structure and a sense of purpose,” says Sharone, whose school years were consumed by volleyball, basketball and of course schoolwork, too.
“I love Scarborough because I have always felt this is a welcoming place. It doesn’t matter what your background is, we’re Scarberian. We have a unique persona, and I just love that.”