Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Kyle Reynolds and Anna van der Giessen as our current Athletes of the Week!
Future Wolves Hall-of-Famer Kyle Reynolds makes a triumphant return to GPRC Cross Country running in 2017 after a decade-plus hiatus.
Some still remember that fresh-faced boy of 18 with the long flowing locks who shocked the entire CCAA in 2004 by winning the National Championship race in Edmonton in a dramatic final 100m sprint with Augustana’s Carl Skinstead. Reynolds is the only Wolves male athlete in any sport ever to win a CCAA gold medal.
Fast forward 13 years and a somewhat older, and balder, Reynolds may have a lost a step or two, but he remains focused on helping the Wolves men’s team achieve a top 15 ranking this year in the CCAA. His experience and proven leadership skills are greatly respected by his much younger teammates.
Reynolds is a 2nd year Nursing student. His greatest career aspiration is to be able to help assist Coaches Corcoran and Scott as they age gracefully and require geriatric care.
Anna van der Giessen
A 2017 graduate Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Anna van der Giessen enters her rookie season with the Wolves as a major contributor to Wolves Women’s Cross Country running team. She has been the number two Wolves runner in all three of the ACAC races she’s entered so far this season.
After running a bit of cross country in elementary and junior high school, van der Giessen chose to focus her athletic talents on basketball in high school. In the spring of 2017, PWA track coach Julian Camsell, a Wolves cross country alumnus, convinced her to come out and run the 1500m and 3000m. She qualified in both distances for last June’s ASAA High School Provincials and her journey to becoming a full-time distance runner was launched.
In her first year of the Nursing program, she was inspired to enter the Nursing field by her grandmother, who continues to work hospital shifts after 50 plus years in the profession.
Congratulations Kyle and Anna.