Yates keeps charging ahead

Sooke basketball player Quinn Yates aims high with Chargers

Quinn Yates dunks it in against the Harlem Crowns.

Quinn Yates dunks it in against the Harlem Crowns.

Sooke basketball Star Quinn Yates is one of 17 athletes practising with the Camosun Chargers.

Quinn would like to be one of the 14 who make the Chargers team and one of the dozen who dress for the game. At 6’4 and sporting an athletic frame the question wasn’t if he can dunk a basketball it was when; “grade 10 in Denmark after a game and no one was watching” Quinn said with a big smile.

Quinn is a former class Valedictorian for First Nations Graduation 2014 and practices with the Camosun Chargers five days a week. In that week, Quinn and the rest of the players have to put up 800 shots or layups and 400 free throws.

“It’s a really good group of guys at Camosun in terms of how everyone gets along from coaches to players” Quinn said.

The 18-year-old Quinn doesn’t consider himself much of a shooter, he said, “The part of the game I enjoy is defense and I’d rather drive to the hoop than shoot if I have a choice.”

Each Charger player is tasked with fundraising $800 to help with the associated team costs.  You can sponsor Sookite Quinn Yates who’s half way to his fundraising goal through the Adopt a Charger program and receive a tax receipt, an invitation to the Chargers annual athletic awards ceremony and be listed in the Chargers annual viewbook. Go to Camosun.ca and type in adopt into the search window on the top right corner.