Jerod Dorby Grade 12, Cowichan Secondary School

Cowichan's Jerod Dorby is challenged by Duncan Christian's Josh Klassen, another top 20 valley youth athlete.
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Signature sports moment of 2012: This past summer, I tried out for Team B.C. because at this age it was the last possible year to try out so I thought “hey why not give it a try I had nothing to lose.” So I attended all of the tryouts, some lasting between 7-8 hours. Then by the time that it came down to who would make the second tryout, I thought nothing of it. Then all of a sudden I get a card welcoming me back to the second tryout. I was stoked on life! The next week was brutal with all of the relentless drills, constantly getting us to dig deeper. At the end of it all, they called you into the room, just you and three coaches and they sit you down and discuss your second tryout. This year they chose 18 players to represent British Columbia. There would be the top nine who would go to nationals and three from the bottom nine who would have to show hard work and determination to be part of that top nine. The time was right, the setting was tense as I walked in the small room with all three coaches staring at me. “Please sit,” says one of the coaches, they look at me and take a deep breath and say “congrats you made the team but it’s the bottom nine.” I didn’t really care that I wasn’t top nine I was so happy I made the team! But one of the coaches shows the paper to the coach that is talking. He looks at me and said, sorry, there has been a mistake. My heart stopped, he replied, saying that I was part of the top nine. I was SO happy there was no way to describe it to anyone! I was going to represent B.C. in Sherbrooke, Quebec! As the season progressed, feeling fine developing my skills as an individual up until the second last tournament in Seattle where I got a horrible injury. I was going up for a lay-up and got hit in the air causing me to land on my ankle, rolling it the wrong way. I was out for eight weeks with a high ankle sprain. It was one of the most cruel feelings having your dreams to play and represent your province get taken away right before your eyes. But everything happens for a reason. The experience and skills learned this past summer will help me lead the Sr. boys basketball far this year, I can feel it!

Coach’s words of wisdom: I have played many sports, and have had a few different coaches but the one that sticks out most is my Cowichan Secondary basketball coach. Sandeep Heer has been coaching the T-Birds for many years. One thing that he has taught me is hard work and determination always pays off in the long run. It always will.

Biggest obstacle to overcome: In Grade 9, I tried out for the Frances Kelsey Secondary school (FKSS) Jr. boys basketball team, where I found my love for the game. That’s the year Sandeep noticed me. He said if you love basketball and are committed and determined ‘Cow High’ is the place to go. So I had a hard dilemma between going to Cowichan where I would play the great sport of basketball and leave all my friends that I grew up with for eight years of my life or stay with my friends and give up this great opportunity. I chose to leave my friends and chase my dreams with basketball. So far it has turned out great. I am one of the captains of the Sr. boys team and have great friends at Cowichan Secondary.

Best teammate ever: This is a quite a hard question because it’s hard to choose just one. The best teammate I have ever had is the whole Sr. boys basketball team this year. They give their 110% in practice and games, cheer you on, and help each other out. I really value everyone on the team. It feels like a family and that’s why I feel we will succeed in going far this year.

Benefits of being in high-level sports: So far the benefits have been, one, staying in peak physical activity, and, two, the post-secondary institutes that are taking the time to look at me and talk with me about my plans. I really hope this sport will help with post secondary, scholarships or awards.

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