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Time-Out with Kelly Young and Kathryn Candell

January 5, 2016

Throughout the season, students from the Chargers Athletics varsity program will take time from their academic and athletic pursuits to share their sport and non-sport related insights, interests and inspirations. Today’s “Time-Out” features Chargers women’s basketball co-captains Kelly Young and Kathryn Candell. Find out where these besties got their hunger for hoops, how their team measures up to the nation’s No. 1 men’s volleyball squad and what continues to make their experience at Camosun such a special one.

Kelly Young

Sport
Women's Basketball
Year
3
Position
Post
Height
5'10"
Home Town
Victoria, BC
High School
Oak Bay High School
Program of Study
Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology
Head Coach
Carl Macdonald

Kathryn Candell

Sport
Women's Basketball
Year
2
Position
Guard
Height
5'7"
Home Town
Victoria, BC
High School
Pacific Christian
Program of Study
University Transfer
Head Coach
Carl Macdonald

Kelly

Where did you grow up and how did you get started playing basketball?

I grew up in Victoria and started playing basketball in middle school at Monterey Middle School. I played throughout high school from Grade 6-12 for the Oak Bay Breakers.

What do you consider to be one of your top achievements so far at Camosun?

For me, it was beating VIU in my first year with the Chargers and it's the only time we've done it since. It was such a great feeling… it was the last game of the season and we won by 9 points!

What’s it like being besties and sharing co-captain responsibilities?

Being friends off the court definitely makes it easier… we're pretty similar in mindset, of what our goals are and we collaborate really well.

What do you want to accomplish while you’re at Camosun?

When I started, I just wanted to make friends and have a good time. Now, I want to win a medal. We have a great team… we like working with our Head Coach Carl Macdonald and Assistant Coach Tim Carlson who both had some pretty big shoes to fill and we have a great core of rookies and also our red-shirts who just love the game and really work hard. It's a completely new team though and we have to figure out how to play as a team. The big things we are currently working on are improving our communication, keeping positive and turning up our intensity level.

What do you think is special about the Chargers program?

The friendships that we make with people on our team and the other Chargers teams are really special … seeing them is the best part of my day! We all hang out and scrimmage together. We scrimmage every week with the men's volleyball team. Sure, they're the No. 1 team in the country in volleyball, but we always take them down on the basketball court!

Another bonus of being with the program is staying active whether we are training, practicing or just having fun. Pretty much every night when we're not working out or practicing, if there's something going on at PISE, we're asking people … “Can we play?”

How do you prepare for a game? Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I'm not really superstitious but I mismatch my socks sometimes … when I think we need a little extra help!

What's your dream job?

We both want to go into Nursing. Kathryn wants to go into pediatrics but I've worked at an old folks home for the past four years and I love working with the elderly. It's kind of like having 50+ grandparents!

Who are your biggest supporters?

My parents and friends are super supportive. And then there's the K-dawg fan club which started out as a group of people who always cheered for me at Oak Bay… they've been great and the fan club has followed me over to Camosun so now they cheer for me here at our games at PISE.

The other Chargers players are also big supporters. A highlight for me was during one of our games last year, we were losing by about 20 points and the volleyball teams had come to our game and they just went crazy cheering for us and it got us so pumped that we brought it back!

Overall though, I'd have to say that we support and push each other. I'm not sure about what people out in the community are saying about us but we are definitely feeling like the underdogs. It's easy to be on a good team … it's a lot harder when you're closer to the bottom. We really want to show everyone that we can do this, especially those who don't believe we can.

Kathryn

Where did you grow up and how did you get started playing basketball?

I was born in Georgia and lived in Texas until I was 10. We moved to Victoria and I started playing basketball at Pacific Christian School and was coached by Jon & Jenny Stewart, who are still two of my biggest supporters today!

What do you consider to be one of your top achievements so far at Camosun?

Playing at the post-secondary level is a big accomplishment for me … as well as doing well academically and being named a CCAA National Scholar Athlete this past season.

What’s it like being besties and sharing co-captain responsibilities?

Kelly is more the message deliverer but we work together for the most part. I think it's important to lead by example because it keeps everyone, including us, accountable. Hopefully, we're motivating the rookies to think the same way.

What do you want to accomplish while you’re at Camosun?

I want to see our team succeed. That means winning games that we are capable of winning and constantly improving. We've lost six games but we feel that they were all reachable. We just weren't ready… we didn't have the benefit of a preseason which I think set us back.

There's a great saying … “Expect more from yourself than anyone can imagine.” Every person on our team loves basketball and wants to do well. We want to prove that we're better than our current win-loss record and we'll have the chance to do that in the second semester. We're definitely aiming for a berth to the playoffs.  

What do you think is special about the Chargers program?

My teammates have become a huge part of my life. Despite all the changes that the team has gone through I would never take back anything in the past two years … I've made friends for life.

How do you prepare for a game? Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Michaela (Witte) has a pre-game ritual that involves a basketball that we all have to bounce in the locker room before the game and then we also blow bubbles … but it hasn't worked yet! A lot of us pray before the games which is interesting because only Rachel and Olivia and I go to church, but we all kind of like it.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My mom and my dad are awesome … they come out to all my games and feel bad when they can't make it to our Vancouver games. My high school coaches, Jon and Jenny Stewart continue to be a big support to me as does my middle school coach Gabe Kremler.

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