Today, CFC shines the spotlight on Class 2012 star offensive lineman and recent University of British Columbia commit, Neil Courtney. Neil started playing football at 11 years of age.
Offensive Line, Defensive Line
6’3, 240 lbs
Handsworth Royals (high school: BCHSFA)
Gordon Sturtridge Football League
Team British Columbia
Commitment to University of British Columbia
Neil’s first taste of football was when he played in the Gordon Sturtridge Football League. During his time there, he was league lineman of the year. The standout would continue on to a five year high school gridiron career with the Handsworth Royals of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA).
“Although we lost, my most memorable football experience would have to be playing in the provincial championship in my Grade 11 season against John Barsby,” reflects the offensive lineman of his time with the Royals. “We played in Empire Stadium, which was really cool.”
Moreover, Neil has been fortunate in representing his native province. In July 2011, he suited up for Team British Columbia. As a result, Neil had the opportunity to participate in the Football Canada Cup in Lethbridge, Alberta.
As a leader, the standout has previously served as a team captain. He has also been a two time conference all-star offensive line selection and two time North Shore offensive line all-star selection.
Seeking the perfect fit for the next phase of his football career and academic life, Neil did not have to look too far as he’s recently committed to the University of British Columbia (UBC).
“I chose UBC because it had all the components I want in a university: great academics, great football team and a great campus,” explains the future Thunderbirds player of the factors that led him to his decision. “The program is on the rise and it’s the perfect fit for me.”
Throughout his life, Neil has been fortunate to have steady, yet positive influences that’ve helped him along the way in his quest to be successful in all his endeavours.
“My parents would have to be the most influential people in my life,” says the Royals offensive lineman. “They have always supported me in whatever I wanted to do.”
“My high school coach Jay Prepchuk, along with countless other coaches have also helped me a lot and showed me what it takes to get to the next level.”
While he attends UBC, Neil will pursue a degree in engineering with the hopes of obtaining a future job in the field. Not only will he play football, but the student-athlete will also play rugby next season for the Thunderbirds.
As he gets set to embark on the next chapter of his life, Neil will continue to achieve more feats by using the recipe for success he’s gained from football.
“Football has taught me the amount of dedication and work ethic it takes to achieve the goals that you set for yourself,” comments Neil.