ZACH BOSWELL MAKES IT TO OFSAA
Zach Boswell, the winner of the 2014- 15 OFSAA’s Character Athlete Award says that it was after he moved to Canada from his hometown Harlow in Essex, England, that he started to play volleyball, which soon led him to OFSAA.
“I feel very proud and honoured,” says Boswell, a Grade 12 student at Milton District High School. “To even be nominated by Mrs. Parker was something I felt proud of, because I had always loved being involved in school sports and activities.”
Boswell grew up playing rep soccer for most of his youth and started playing rep volleyball just before he started High School. Further Boswell said that winning an award like this, considering how many candidates there are, gave him a great feeling of achievement. “I always loved team sports because there’s no better feeling than winning a championship, with a strong team behind you,” says Boswell.
His volleyball coach Katherine Parker nominated Boswell, with the help of an assistant teacher-coach Jacelyn Lambert and his music teacher Chris Carson-Foster.
“The one thing in particular that caught my eye in regards to why I wanted to nominate Zach is his commitment and leadership to the school,” says Parker who has known Boswell for four years now.
She believes that he demonstrates excellent leadership on and off the court, whether by playing the role of a captain for the senior boys volleyball team or being a positive role model for the grade 10s. “He helps all of his teammates by providing excellent knowledge and advice, and by demonstrating good work ethic and great athletic skills,” says Parker.
The OFSAA’s Character Athlete Award celebrates the efforts of the exceptional student-athletes in Ontario who best exemplify the characteristics and values of leadership, equity, respect, and sportsmanship.
Boswell defines a leader as someone who puts his or her team first. “Someone who encourages smart play and knows that they’re stronger as a team than they are alone and who keeps the team positive and determined,” says Boswell.
His favourite sports are soccer and volleyball. He also likes playing the guitar, singing and writing music. “It’s something I’ve always loved to do and started when I moved to Canada,” says Boswell.
Being a part of a variety of activities at school, he feels more inclined towards music since an early age.
“It’s my passion and I really couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” he says. “Of course proathlete was a dream of mine when I was younger, much like everyone else but I guess it wasn’t for me.”
Boswell feels thankful and privileged to have won this award. “Being involved in school sports and activities is what has made the last four years of High School such a memorable time for me. Athletic character is something I can thank my previous coaches for teaching me,” he says.