Basketball teen challenges B.C. School Sports in Supreme Court
Grade 12 transfer student Abel Szigeti not allowed to play at Terry Fox Secondary School
A talented young athlete is going before the B.C. Supreme Court to fight for his right to play basketball.
Abel Szigeti transferred from Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody to Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam on the advice of his doctor, but he has not been allowed to play basketball because of B.C. School Sports transfer rules.
"The team is really supportive and the coaches are really supportive. We get after it in practice and have a good time, but then we get to the games and I'm all dressed up watching guys play," said Szigeti.
Szigeti left Heritage Woods because he was having a difficult time on and off the court. He became depressed and on the advice of his doctor, stayed home for his grade 10 year.
He returned to Heritage Woods for grade 11, but claims he was mistreated while he was on the team and decided to leave.
The high school sports authority has declared Szigeti ineligible because he was technically on the team at Heritage Woods during his grade 11 year. But, he's challenging that ruling.
BC School Sports wouldn't comment — they don't comment on specific cases — but even if a judge declares Szigeti eligible to play, it may be too late.
"A lot of the time we've just been waiting for a response, some kind of answer that, 'Oh yeah, you can play tomorrow.' It's just been a bunch of disappointments," he said.
Still, his father, Andras Szigeti said it's a triumph for his son.
"Nine out of 10 kids who go through this experience would have quit years ago, so I'm proud of him."
A hearing is set for next Tuesday.
The Terry Fox Ravens need to win their last two games to qualify for the playoffs, the first of which is tomorrow night against Szigeti's old school, Heritage Woods.
with files from the CBC's Jesse Johnston