I love big dreams, and Keontae Martinez has a big dream — he wants to be a professional basketball or soccer player.
Keontae, who attended Norquay School last year and is headed into Grade 7 at St. John’s High School has a lot of fun playing sports. He’s an all-around athlete who also plays football and volleyball.
I asked Keontae why he likes sports.
"I really like being active," he said.
Keontae, who is 11 years old, five foot two, and wears a size 9.5 shoe, is also pretty insightful when giving his opinion about things sports-related. When asked what was wrong with the Blue Bombers, he took little time to respond.
"They lose too much," he said.
Keontae is a smart young man, and does well in school when he applies himself. His favorite classes are gym (of course) and art.
He’s also a dedicated teammate.
"It is important to respect teammates and your opponents," he said.
His favourite number is seven, so he always likes to have the numeral 7 somewhere on a jersey he wears — 7, 17, 27…if there is a 7 in it somewhere, Keontae will feel comfortable wearing it.
His favorite player basketball is Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. When asked why he said "because of what he does on the court."
Keontae himself is known to "make it rain" on the court:
"I am a pretty good passer, and get lucky with fluke shots," Keontae said.
Word is he is a very good passer for his Norquay Club- Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg team, and can hit the three when his squad needs one. Keontae is also very dedicated to defence.
"You have to make sure your man is covered. You have to hustle up and down the court," he said.
Keontae’s mom Vanessa loves what being involved in sports offers Keontae.
"Sports keep him fit and out of trouble," she said. "It’s important that he learns to be a team player."
Keep dreaming big Keontae. With a lot of hard work and great dedication, you will have a heck of a chance of achieving it.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.