Balancing rigorous academics and a whirlwind basketball schedule, one Manitoban student's story is one of dedication, passion, and faith.

"Basketball for me started at the age of four years old," says Chammartin, who attends École Gabrielle-Roy in Ile de Chenes, Man. "I was largely influenced by my dad and brother, who also picked up the sport. Ever since then, I fell in love with the game."

Chammartin plays basketball during the school year for his highschool team, as well as club basketball with Ignite Canada Basketball. 

"I play club basketball and usually play locally from September to December. Then during the spring, we travel a lot for tournaments. We go anywhere from Calgary, to Toronto, to Minneapolis, to South Dakota. We travel all around going to competitive tournaments."

Point guard is Chammartin's spot on the court. When he's not playing basketball, Chammartin is sure to keep his grades up. 

"You got to prioritize what's important. My teachers are all great, they're very understanding of it. It's difficult at times but we make it work."

Chammartin shares he has many positive influences in his life that keep him on track. 

"I have so many people to thank for my success in life, with so many great influences. My parents, my brother, my grandparents and obviously God's with me at all times."

Ignite Canada Basketball, while a U17 team, won the U18 division this year. Chammartin is the only player on his team that isn't from Winnipeg.

"My favourite aspect of basketball is how simple the game is. It doesn't take a lot of resources or a huge amount of money. All you really need is a ball and a pair of shoes. It's largely based on work ethic and that's, for me, what makes it such a great game."

Chammartin doesn't know where life will take him after high school, other than the fact that he wants to play basketball at University. 

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