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Corner Brook’s Charlotte Sweetapple says basketball is big part of her life

Charlotte Sweetapple of Corner Brook is a member of the Humber Valley Mountaineers squad participating in the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association U14 Boys and Girls Club Championships. It’s the first time the club championship event has been hosted by a club outside the east coast of the province.
Charlotte Sweetapple of Corner Brook is a member of the Humber Valley Mountaineers squad participating in the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association U14 Boys and Girls Club Championships. It’s the first time the club championship event has been hosted by a club outside the east coast of the province. - Submitted

All of her good friendships were formed on the hardwood.

Some of her fondest memories come from shooting around a basketball.

Road trips with the girls to tournaments on the weekends have been a blast.

It’s easy to see why Charlotte Sweetapple is happy when she’s playing basketball.

Sweetapple, a 13-year-old Grade 8 student at Corner Brook Intermediate, is a member of the Humber Valley Mountaineers U14 female basketball team that operates under the Humber Valley Basketball Club.

“It’s just a big part of my life,” Sweetapple said Tuesday morning.

She’s wrapped up in basketball three or four times per week and has no plans to slow down. She has fun with a great group of girls so she’s going to enjoy it while she can.

She’s looking forward to seeing how her team stacks up against the best in the province, but also believes it will be a good measuring stick on what to expect at the 2018 provincial Winter Games in Deer Lake because most of the same athletes attending the club tournament will be playing at the Games.

“I think it will help us get a realization of how the other teams play and how we have to compete against them,” she said. “All of the top athletes are coming to play in our city so we’re all very excited for that.”

Her role with the team involves being a defensive-minded player who is charged with the task of shutting down some of the opposing team’s top offensive players.

She’s up to the challenge and can’t wait to play. She’s happy to see basketball showing signs of growth on the west coast and believes this tournament will create some exposure.

“Each year we have more and more people trying out, and more people are coming out to watch so I think it’s just growing day by day,” she said.

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