The West Coast Auto Group Football Club’s Cameron Ickert, 13, has been named the most valuable player in the U14 Metro Select division.
The MVP is chosen each year by opposing team coaches for skill shown in games throughout the season. By all reports, the Westview Secondary student shows definite talent for the game.
“The thing that is interesting about him is that he started the season in the division below Metro Select,” said his coach Lindsay Henderson.
“I called him up on permits for a few games before I finally asked to have him transferred. He has what some call an ‘educated left foot.’”
Ickert was honoured by the recognition, but was quick to share the spotlight with his teammates.
“I think there are lots of talented players in the league, and for me to be chosen is cool. However, in soccer you’re only good if your teammates are too, so I share this with my teammates,” he said.
A multi-sport athlete, Ickert also plays lacrosse, which he feels makes his soccer game more physical.
One of the reasons he plays with West Coast Auto Group Football Club is the people.
“I have lots of friends in the club and have had some really good coaches over the years. I definitely thank my coaches, the club and the league.”
“I told him, now that he’s been recognized as MVP, the opposing teams are going to sit up and take more notice of him, he’s a marked man,” said Henderson. “He’s a rare breed, a naturally talented player, and a joy to watch.”
Ickert and his teamates, along with 16 other WCAGFC teams, will be heading to the BC Soccer Association Coastal B Cup in April.