Sooke's Mason Swift hugs the ball tight as he makes a break for the end zone while being chased in the Mount Douglas Rams vs. W.J. Mouat Hawks AAA provincial football championship matchup earlier in December.

Sooke’s Mason Swift looking for southern football scholarship

Sooke’s Mason Swift had a simple objective when he transferred to Victoria’s Mount Douglas High School three years ago.

  • Dec. 21, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Sooke’s Mason Swift had a simple objective when he transferred to Victoria’s Mount Douglas High School three years ago.

“I set a goal in Grade 9 to win a championship every year in high school.”

And he’s done it. As a junior varsity in his first two seasons, and now as a senior after his team beat W.J. Mouat Secondary at BC Place for the AAA provincial football championship in the beginning of December. He’s also netted MVP honours every year except as a freshman.

Swift was mentally and physically exhausted from a full day of school followed by two hours of CrossFit (combination weight training and cardio workout) in Esquimalt and then another hour commuting by bus back into town.

This routine, along with speed training and track and field also thrown in, happens five days a week. Now that the season is over, he is concentrating on getting “better, faster, and stronger” for next year.

It’s something the Grade 11 athlete is used to, and his work ethic is what has allowed Swift to help achieve so much success at his sport.

“It comes with hard work,” he said. “My name is definitely out there more than before.”

The soft-spoken youngster with curly dark locks falling well past his shoulders is crossing his fingers for people down south to get wind of his name. His goal right now is to attend an American university where he can play div-1 football, like his former teammate Mount Doug running back Terrell Davis who is going to Washington State.

“I’m just hoping for that full-ride scholarship,” said Swift, adding the education is just as important.

“I’m not sure (what I want to study yet), maybe business or kinesiology.”

In the summer, he is going to try and further increase his exposure by attending more football camps in places like Utah and Idaho where professional coaches and scouts frequent.

Swift got his start on the gridiron as a nine-year old playing for the Sooke pre-atom Seahawks. He stayed local until the peewee level and played for the Victoria Renegades before joining the Rams at Mount Doug.

 

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