A 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Bentley high school has been named player of the year for Alberta U16 handball.
Levi Milot, who started playing handball when he was in Grade 4, was honoured to receive the award.
“I’m very grateful and feel lucky to be acknowledged in such a way. There is a great atmosphere around handball and I love it. I love the team aspect of it. It’s all about team effort, really.”
As a member of Team Alberta and through Alberta’s Development Program and Alberta Elite program Milot has played handball in several countries including Denmark, Japan, South Korea and Serbia. He plans to travel to Phoenix in February and Portugal in July.
Although handball keeps the young athlete busy, he also plays basketball, volleyball and baseball. He gave up hockey, however, because of his busy handball schedule.
Assistant principal of Bentley School, Stephen Lush, has coached Milot for several years.
“I’m very proud of him,” he said. “I coached him hard and gave him constructive criticism along the way and he took it and learned from it. Now he just needs to stop getting penalties. I’m hoping he get to play for Team Canada one day.”
The comradeship between Lush and his player is very evident and Milot said his coach has been like a second dad to him.
“His coaching technique is very team oriented,” he said.
Milot said he is grateful to friends and family for their support through his handball journey.