GPRC Wolves is pleased to congratulate Tyler Funk on his selection to the Team Alberta U17 Men’s Volleyball Team.
Tyler, who was selected to try out for Team Alberta alongside teammates Bradley Noskey, and Josh Dumont, wrapped up the club season with the Wolves finishing 5th in Division 2. Since his selection, Tyler will travel to Calgary where the men are training and hosting a team from Korea in preparation for the upcoming National Team Challenge Cup (NTCC) in Richmond, B.C. on July 18-22.
Tyler has been a member of the Wolves Volleyball Club for the past 5 years. He started playing Wolves U13 in 2014 but has been a fixture in the GPRC gymnasium since he was 2 weeks old, attending his first volleyball matches as a fan of the Wolves Alumni team watching his uncles, aunt and parents play. Tyler is a naturally versatile athlete and has played hockey, AA baseball, basketball, track & field and badminton, but being surrounded by volleyball his whole life, that is what he chose to pursue. Now 16 and 6’6” tall he is beginning to tap into the potential that he has an athlete.
Being immersed in the Wolves Volleyball club program has benefited Tyler immensely as he has had the opportunity to learn from current and past players, and coaches from Wolves Volleyball. In the past year alone, Sam Tuvai, Matt Clegg, Ron Thomson, Lee Carter, Mitch Schneider, Derek Nicoll and Brook Sedore, to name a few, have all shared their expertise with Tyler, individually and with Wolves teammates. This support by the Wolves Volleyball Alumni is visible in every tournament Wolves Club teams play, as an alumnus of the Wolves program is sure to be there to offer encouragement. Additionally, assistant coaches Shawn Herman, Martin Noskey and Jenice Warkentin have been instrumental in nurturing his skills, alongside his head coach Bryan Funk each year.
By having access to the High-Performance Training Centre at GPRC, Tyler feels he has benefited from learning training principles and improving his physical fitness, but also acknowledges that mental training with sport psychologist Matt Bain, who has been a regular part of the program for the past 3 years, has also been an important building block for him and the rest of the athletes.
Tyler has learned the value of hard work, the importance of being part of a team and to appreciate the time that others have given back to the program to provide the opportunities that he has been so fortunate to have already.
Tyler has had a successful volleyball career so far… Alongside his selection to the Team Alberta U17 squad, in his Grade 11 year he was selected to the GPRC High School All-Star game, University of Alberta Golden Bears All-Star weekend, and also received an invite with 24 other players in Western Canada to the National Excellence Program Camp held in Edmonton. Tyler was chosen as an All-Star at U15 National Championships and was selected to play for Team Alberta U16 Boys in 2017, where they finished 3rd at National Team Challenge Cup, however, the accomplishments he is most proud of are team related; Wolves U14 Provincial Silver, U15 Bronze at Nationals in 2016, and a U15 Beach Nationals Bronze that same summer.
If you asked Tyler three years ago what his goal in volleyball was, he would have said it would be to follow in the footsteps of his dad, aunt and uncles by playing for the GPRC Wolves, moving on to the University of Alberta Golden Bears, and eventually being nominated to the GPRC Wall of Fame, but with the success of his club team, and the growth he has shown in the past two seasons as a player he has started setting his sights even higher. His long-term goals now include aiming for scholarships to play University Volleyball, and at an international level, whether that be for our National Team or professionally once he is finished his post-secondary education.
Tyler is very proud of being a “Wolf”. He understands the rich tradition of Wolves Volleyball and relishes the opportunity to uphold the reputation the Wolves have for producing great volleyball. Once a Wolf, Always a Wolf.