In his second year of college, Colby Fournier will be playing for the Grande Prairie Regional College Men’s Basketball team. Colby was born a natural athlete. He played basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, and hockey at Bezanson School and played basketball, volleyball and rugby for the Peace Wapiti Academy Titans. He has played basketball for a total of 10 years. Colby has had many successes including being a 4-time zone champion, 3 for basketball and 1 for rugby, 3-time high school all-star, 2 for basketball and 1 for volleyball, the 2015 Peace Wapiti Academy Volleyball Most Improved Player, the 2015 Peace Wapiti Academy Basketball Most Valuable Player and the 2015 Peace Wapiti Academy Male Athlete of the Year.
Colby plans to bring it all to this team and try to help the team to, “make its way back to playoffs and make an appearance at nationals” and to, “come in to the rookie year and make an impact on the team and program on and off the court.” Being an incredible athlete, Colby is definitely going to be a great addition to the team. On top of his goals for the court, Colby also will be working hard in the classroom. He is currently taking heavy equipment technician at the Fairview Campus with the goal of becoming a ticketed mechanic and to run his own service truck. He hopes to, “improve [his] skills and knowledge” in the classroom as well. Colby also talks about his future and what it could have in store for him. “University basketball right now isn’t a top priority to me but is something I’m interested in. Right now, I’m focused on the season ahead right now and do what I can to make this team better,” says Colby.
When it comes to talking about Bezanson, Colby has only good things to say. “Bezanson’s athletic program is awesome. They provide a family feel at that school. Teachers and students know each other very well, everyone looks out for each other’s well being.” His advice for those coming from a small town like Bezanson was, “to always work hard and never think you can’t accomplish something because of where you come from.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my parents, for their support, friends and coaches, for teaching the skills to be successful and to always work hard.”
Written by Ally Pilgrim