30 Under 30: Quinton Bradley
High school: Matthew McNair
Quinton Bradley credits his big brother Greg for getting him interested in lacrosse. But now he is making his own way. And impressive is the path he’s paving.
Currently playing for the Canadian university champion McGill Redmen field lacrosse team and the Burnaby Junior A Lakers, he’s already participated in Team Canada’s under-19 top 50 main camp tryout. And his long list of honours suggests a spot on the national squad is just ahead.
Bradley wasn’t just a standout for the national champion Redmen, but took home rookie of the year honours for the entire nation in addition to being selected to the All-Canadian team. None of these honorus should come as a surprise, considering his talent and leadership. Bradley captained the Lakers last season, after holding the same title each of the previous two seasons with Richmond Intermediate A teams.
Prior to joining the Redmen, Bradley apprenticed at St. Andrew Presbyterian College in North Carolina where he also displayed his academic prowess by making the honour roll. That followed a stellar intermediate season locally in which he was selected the player of the year and won the Burnaby Mountain Selects Scholar Athlete Award.
Through his high school years, while demonstrating great athletic skill (being named the top phys-ed student in Grade 9) and also playing rep hockey, he also contributed in other ways to his school community at Matthew McNair Secondary. He was on student council and won a performing arts award in his Grade 12 year, after being on the Principal’s Honour Roll of Distinction from Grade 8 to 12.
Inspiration? “The person who has inspired me most would have to be my older brother Greg. If it wasn’t for him I probably would have not played lacrosse. I used to love watching his Junior A games as a kid, and even to this day one of that teams I enjoy playing on the most is one coached by him and my dad. He also inspired me to pursue lacrosse at the collegiate level as he had done.”
Most proud of? “Winning the Canadian university championship this year.”
Advice? “If things don’t work out the way you expect them to, that doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means that you need to find what fits you best. After high school, deciding on which (post-secondary) school to go to was very difficult, but after going to several I found McGill University was the best fit for me.”