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Baseball fields dedicated to Calgary teen who died longboarding

A Calgary teen's legacy and memory will live on thanks to a tribute made by his former baseball team.

Duncan McRae, 13, died in longboarding accident 1 year ago

A Calgary teen's legacy and memory will live on thanks to a tribute made by his former baseball team. 2:06

A Calgary teen's legacy and memory will live on thanks to a tribute made by his former baseball team.

Duncan McRae, 13, was part of an all-star baseball team last summer when he died tragically in a freak longboarding accident.

On Saturday, two new baseball diamonds were dedicated in his memory at the Canadian Little League Championship.

"It's hard on these kids, that one of their friends is no longer with them, and so that's what it's about about for this — trying to ensure that these kids understand that life keeps going," said Duncan's dad Sandy McRae.

Duncan McRae, 13, died last August in a longboarding accident. (Courtesy: McRae family)

Located in the southwest Calgary community of Evergreen, the two diamonds were already planned but at the last minute, community organizers decided to dedicate them in memory of the teen.

Those who knew Duncan best say the tribute is something he would have loved.

"He just loved sports and he was all about team play, and sticking up for little kids," said Taylor McRae, Duncan's sister. "His one friend who was a little shorter, he would always stand up for him no matter what."

For Duncan's friends and teammates, the last year has been focused on supporting each other.

"It was really tough," said Kellen Beggs. "I just had to keep thinking about the good times with him — try to keep going."

The championship tournament runs all week and for many, it's not about who wins or loses.

"If we've learned anything over the last month, it's that we have to look after our neighbours," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who attended the dedication.

"When they're in pain, when they've been dragged down, our job as neighbours is to lift them up again."