A Grade 12 football player from La Ronge’s Churchill Community High School was selected this month as an All-Canadian TITAN finalist.
Eric Choquette was nominated by Chargers Head Coach Gabe Andrews for the honour as part of the 2018 Nissan Kickoff Project. Andrews said he learned about the opportunity after it was advertised through Football Saskatchewan and he thought Choquette met all the qualities Nissan was looking for in the contest. The prize comes with an expenses-paid trip to the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton, which is scheduled for Nov. 25, as well as the chance to play a scrimmage with 69 other Canadians selected as finalists.
“He just stands out as a tremendous young leader who has grown so much over the years through football, but also through his education career at the high school,” Andrews said of Choquette. “The other piece to the nomination is they should be … volunteering and that’s definitely something he does with the Growing Young Movers program, which is hosted out of Pre-Cam Community School.”
While Choquette was among the first 10 All-Canadian TITAN finalists to be announced, the remaining spots on the team will be known Nov. 1. Aside from watching the Grey Cup game, Andrews noted Choquette will also participate in three practices before a scrimmage takes place. According to the Nissan Kickoff Project website, those chosen to be on the team are “the best of the best” and deserve to be recognized because they are leaders on the field, in their classroom and communities.
This season marked the fourth and final year Choquette was eligible to play with the Chargers as he will graduate in June. He said the football program was fun to be part of, but added it also provided him with motivation to complete his school work. Choquette noted he’s never been to a Grey Cup game before and he’s excited to be able to go with his parents next month.
“I’m really honoured I [was] nominated,” he said. “It’s so cool and very exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting some people from throughout Canada and making new friends.”
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