Published on September 06, 2013
Christopher Dobbin of Corner Brook goes up for a basket that he drained against Yukon at the 2013 national Under-15 boys basketball championship this past summer in St. John’s.
Published on September 06, 2013
Christopher Dobbin bowls in this undated photo.
Star file photo
CORNER BROOK Christopher Dobbin will never have to worry about being fit if he keeps up the pace he’s set as a budding athlete.
Only 15 years old and entering Level 1 at Corner Brook High, Dobbin has already represented Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage in three different sports.
“I just love competition. Competitive things drive me,” Dobbin, son of Corner Brook’s Ron and Barb Dobbin, said earlier this week on his lunch break at Corner Brook High.
Dobbin has a knack for picking up a sport and excelling at it. No doubt he has a skillset to make it happen, but it’s dogged determination that has paved the way for his success.
He believes an athlete should never rest on his laurels and is only as good as his last game.
He strives on working hard so he can reach his fullest potential, no matter what it is he does.
“You’re never perfect. Everybody knows that,” he said. “There’s always room to improve no matter how amazing you are.”
Dobbin’s stellar amateur career shows him stacking up against the best youth bowlers in the country on five occasions — his fifth nationals being in 2012 when he won a bronze medal for Newfoundland and Labrador in junior boys singles in St. John’s.
He was one of a handful of players from western Newfoundland who suited up for the province at the 2009 national lacrosse championships in Whitby, Ont. and this past summer he continued his pursuit of greatness on the basketball court, playing the forward position with the Newfoundland and Labrador squad that finished ninth overall at the 2013 national Under-15 boys basketball championship held this summer in St. John’s.
Being afforded an opportunity to travel and meet new friends while playing sports is something he has thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.
He knows there are a lot of good athletes who excel at their respective sports who don’t get a chance to play at a higher level.
He knows there are so many athletes who have worked hard all their lives only to be denied something he has done over and over again.
“It’s really a good feeling how there’s only a select few who get to represent their province,” he said.
“There’s (about) half a million people in Newfoundland and I was part of the best 20 players in the province for that particular sport.”
Getting settled into high school life will take him a few weeks, but that’s no big deal because Dobbin knows it won’t be long before he starts playing his first season of high school hoops with the Corner Brook Titans.
He hopes to improve his game by improving his leg strength for his six-foot-five frame as well as improving his shooting with his right hand.
His goal for the future is to secure a berth with a team toiling in the United States on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) level when he graduates from high school.
Even though his bowling will be somewhat curtailed with Saturdays pegged as his day to throw strikes, a shot at another bowling medal at the national level is on the radar once again.
“Yeah, sure,” he said. “I don’t see why not.”