Wolves Announce New Coach for Women’s Volleyball

Wolves Announce New Coach for Women’s Volleyball

GPRC Wolves Athletics welcomes Chantelle LaMotte as the new Head Coach for the Wolves Women’s Volleyball Program for the 2017-18 Season. LaMotte begins her official duties this month.

Chantelle LaMotte, new GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach.

LaMotte is bringing 10 yeas of coaching experience with her as GPRC welcomes her back to the Wolf Pack including coaching at provincial, national and post-secondary levels. Her coaching experience includes coaching Team Saskatchewan Coach 16U Women, holding the position of Guest Assistant Coach with Volleyball Canada Women’s National Team and Assistant Coach for University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team.

LaMotte is a perfect fit for the Wolves Volleyball program as she held the position of Head Coach for the Wolves in 2015. During her time with the Wolves, LaMotte became a valued asset to the program.

“We are very pleased to welcome back Coach LaMotte to our Wolves Volleyball program,” said Athletic Director, Francois Fournier. “We have no doubt that the passion and experience she brings to the court, along with her technical coaching style will provide the support and direction the team needs to achieve its goals this coming season.”

LaMotte is looking forward to being back on the Wolves court.

“I’m happy to be back with the Wolves. Grande Prairie has a strong volleyball community and GPRC has been very supportive in nurturing young talent,” said LaMotte. “We need to be focused in practice and strategic on the court this season, as we are hosting Nationals which is extremely exciting, and will no doubt be well supported by the city and surrounding area. It is an honor to host a national event and a great opportunity to show local youth the highest level of competition in College Women’s Volleyball. This provides them with role models of what they can aspire to be, though hard work and dedication to academics and athletics.”

Academic Bootcamps

Academic Bootcamps

Be proactive about your learning and get a head start in 2017 by attending Academic Bootcamps with GPRC’s Academic Success Centre.

GPRC Library

Our Bootcamps will be hosted between August 30 and September 1. Not only you can learn more about services at GPRC, write your paper, manage your time efficiently and prepare for exams, but also you will be entered into a draw for one of the two 100$ Gift Card to the Bookstore!! Yes, that is right, you can get 100$ off your books. Do not miss this opportunity and register online or visit us in person.

To learn more about our bootcamps go to http://libguides.gprc.ab.ca/abc or visit our new Website.

Welcome Back to the Pack Kenny!

Welcome Back to the Pack Kenny!

GPRC is pleased to have Kenny Johnson as an addition to our Sport Camp Program as a coach for both our Basketball and Elite Basketball camps being held August 14-20.

Kenny plays for the Wolves Men’s Basketball team and has a ton of experience and love for the game.

See for yourself…

ACAC All Conference Athlete 2016/17 and 2015/16

ACAC Athlete of the Week 2016/17

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball MVP 2016/17

We got to catch up with Kenny and talk to him about his upcoming exciting experience of being a part of GPRC’s Sport Camp programs.

 

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background? Where are you from?
    From Philadelphia. Just a kid whos been overlooked his whole life and willing to do whatever to reach his dream of playing professional.
  2. What experience are you bringing to the future GPRC Wolves in these summer camps? What are you most excited about?
    Bring what it takes to make it to that level. Hard work and dedication. Also just being there for them, and letting them know that dreams do COME TRUE. Growing up I didn’t have camps and my passion is to be a coach. So I will bring everything I know.
  3. What makes you passionate about your sport?
    Proving to myself that I can reach my dream. Basketball saved my life. Also proving people wrong.
  4. What drives you to be a better athlete?
    Being overlooked. My mother and not letting down the people who believe in me.
  5. Why do you think kids’ camps are important?
    To help the gang kids, give them hope and motivation.
  6. What does it mean to you to be a member/alumni of our Pack?
    Means everything when nobody else wanted me. GPRC did, they saved my basketball career and life. My family and I can’t thank them enough. Wolves for life.

Welcome back to the pack Kenny! We’re excited to have you as one of our Wolves.

For more Sport Camp information and registration, please visit gprc.me/summercamp

GPRC Student Spends Summer Fighting BC Wildfire

GPRC Student Spends Summer Fighting BC Wildfire

GPRC Wolves Basketball player Jordan Andres.

Meet Jordan Andres, a second year student in GPRC’s University Transfer Science of Kinesiology program and a returning player for the Wolves Women’s Basketball team.

“I got involved in BC wildfire service through a Junior Initial Attack Program I applied for in my grade 12 year,” says Jordan, who is spending her summer fighting the BC wildfires. “I wanted to get involved because I knew it would be a physical job, keeping me in shape while being able to work outside and exploring parts of B.C.”

Jordan finds her summer job rewarding and couldn’t imagine working anything else.

“Being able to help stop wildfires is a satisfying feeling when you are putting in that effort to try save properties, and also knowing the work your are putting in is doing good to prevent future spread,” she says. “It is a physically and mentally demanding job for sure, it really tests your limits and you learn what limits you can surpass and others that aren’t safe to pass. It also teaches and develops skills that will be helpful for the rest of my life. When I did get involved for my first summer working as a junior BC wild land firefighter I met new people and they made the work environment a place I wanted to be, so I was determined to apply for the job officially. The people you work with become your family away from home.”

A New Wolf

A New Wolf

GPRC is pleased to welcome Steve Sir to the Sport Camp Program as guest coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 18-20.

Steve has a ton of experience and love for the game of basketball.

Check it out:

Two Provincial Championships with Ross Sheppard High School (1999, 2000)

MVP U17 Canadian National Championships. National Championship winner with Team Alberta (1999).

Set the tournament final scoring record with 47 points vs BC

Las Vegas Big Time AAU Tournament highest scoring average (33.3 points per game)

Minnesota single season 3 point State record holder (156 3’s)

Mountain West All-Freshman Team at San Diego State University

Big Sky All-Conference at Northern Arizona University

Lead the NCAA in 3 point field goal % (48.9%) 2004-2005

Lead the NCAA in 3 pointers made per game (4.1 per game) 2005-2006

NCAA All-Time leader in 3 point field goal % (46.8%)

10 year professional career in Europe and Latin America (Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Mexico)

Member of Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League roster 2016

FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Silver 2017

GPRC caught up with Steve and got him to answer a few questions, check it out:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background? Where are you from?
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Edmonton when I was 5. I grew up in Edmonton before spending my last year of high school back in the Twin Cities and then heading to San Diego State University and Northern Arizona University.

2. What experience are you bringing to the future GPRC Wolves in these summer camps? What are you most excited about? 
My experiences at home in Edmonton, playing Division 1 basketball in the States and playing professionally has taught me a great deal about myself, basketball and how the game extends so much further than just the court. It brings people together, it teaches self discipline, finding ways to work with others and forces you to step outside of yourself for the betterment of the team and the experience.

How I would like to pass these experiences along to the campers would be that regardless of where I have been, elite players and genuine people have very similar characteristics no matter where they come from. They are consistent workers and diligent in their daily attention to details. A bad game or not making a team did not cause them to make excuses or feel sorry for themselves. It caused them to look inward, regroup and continue to find ways to improve. It may sound cliche but in a game where certain things are unfortunately out of your control, your effort, attitude and work ethic are aspects you can always have control over. You get out what you put in and that is not just on the basketball court.

3. What makes you passionate about your sport?
That is a difficult question to answer but I will give it a try. I was raised in a basketball family. My first word was ball and I have played basketball since I was 5. Outside of my two daughters being born, basketball has provided me my most exciting experiences while in the same breath, my most frustrating experiences as well. Basketball is not always kind and the game is rarely ever fair but what it teaches you is if you are are fortunate enough to play this wonderful sport, it is up to you to not to cheat the game. Basketball owes it’s players nothing. You give your absolute best effort because that is what the game requires and that is what you owe to basketball. This is not an easy lesson to learn but ultimately, passion for the game is what carries you through it and it is an aspect about the game I love.

4. What drives you to be a better athlete?
My Dad told me a story when I was teenager of a reunion he went to with his college basketball teammates. He said that to a man, every one of his teammates when asked to reflect on their college career said ‘I wish I would have just worked harder’. Ever since hearing that story, it has stuck with me.

Since hearing that story, I did not want that regret when basketball ended for me. We can make excuses for not getting the results we want but eventually, it turns inward and comes down to your effort.

There are many things I love about basketball but in the end, I love to compete. The opportunity to put all of your hard work and effort out there on the court is a special feeling. In order to do that to the best of my ability, I have always focused on being as prepared as possible. The chance to compete and the preparation required to compete at your very best continues to drive me.

5. Why do you think kids camps are important?
Some of my best memories with basketball are attending the basketball camps I went to growing up. The Golden Bears Camps at the University of Alberta were very special experiences. I made new friends, learned to compete at a higher level against older, better players, learned what it meant to be pushed outside of what I was used to and most importantly, playing basketball in the summer is really tough to beat.

Camps provide the chance to improve our individual skill level for our club or school teams, having a fun basketball experience in the summer and interacting with other athletes that potentially share the same passion for the game.

We are so excited to have Steve in Wolves Country! Welcome to the Pack!

For more Sport Camp information and registration, please visit gprc.me/summercamp