Welcome to the pack, Karly!

Welcome to the pack, Karly!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Karly Burkinshaw to the Women’s Volleyball program.

Welcome to the pack, Karly!

A graduate of Peace Wapiti Academy, Karly played her rookie season with the SAIT Trojans. She looks forward to continuing her college volleyball career in her home town. Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte says that Karly will be a welcomed addition to the Wolves offense, as a 6’0 middle, Karly will be an asset to our front line with her ability to read the game and shut down the attack.

Welcome to the pack, Karly!

GPRC’s Tyler Funk to join Team Alberta U17 Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC’s Tyler Funk to join Team Alberta U17 Men’s Volleyball Team

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.

GPRC Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program

GPRC Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program

Emerging or professional sound artists, sound designers, composers and musicians are invited to come and work on their creations in the GPRC Recording Studios!

GPRC is excited to offer a new Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program.

This program is intended for artists that require extended focused time to explore, plan, compose and create new recordings or audio works in a professionally equipped recording studio. Ideally for those who already have some experience and knowledge with recording equipment and studio technique, the GPRC Recording Studios are an excellent place get work done in a creative environment.

How to get involved: Email a CV and short proposal that describes your project, preferred dates, technical needs and other requirements.


GPRC Recording Studio is a purpose built professional facility that features 1 large control room with an isolation booth, and 3 smaller studios with isolation booths and MIDI keyboards. There is a fixed connection to an acoustically treated recital hall. We have ProTools, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Komplete and the Waves Diamond Bundle available for software. Our studios feature high end Preamps, mixers, Focal studio monitors with microphone brands such as DPA, Neumann, Lauton Audio, Royer, Earthworks, AKG and Sennheiser available for use. The large studio has 5.1 Surround Sound and we have recently acquired a Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone for ambisonic recordings.

Grande Prairie is a city of 60,000 located in north western Alberta, Canada. It is accessible by road from Edmonton (450 km to the southwest) Greyhound bus or by air (Air Canada and West Jet have flights here). They city itself is fully serviced with shopping and amenities. There is a nice valley park with trails that runs the length of the city, accessible near the college. The region around the city is very diverse with prairie, forest, foothills and mountains within a short drive.

Time and Duration: As required until August 15th, 2018

Cost: 7 days – $800 – if required, self-catered campus accommodation is $45/day + taxes. Shorter or longer terms can be arranged.

Personnel: Recording Studio Manager, Dr. Shawn Pinchbeck, is an internationally recognized sound artist, sound designer and composer with over 30 years of experience in creating with sound and is on-site for consultations and technical assistance during the residency.

Read more on Shawn’s experience here.

For inquiries contact:

Shawn Pinchbeck

Email: spinchbeck@gprc.ab.ca

Phone: 1-780-539-2783

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

In recent pop culture news there has been a lot of darkness.

Just days after multiple celebrity suicides, a written piece from an anonymous author about the persistent nature of depression and how draining it can be for sufferers went viral. You can read the written piece here.

Depression is a serious topic and if  you or someone you know is battling with mental health, please reach out. 

GPRC has multiple support systems in place to help, assist or simply just be there when times get tough.

View all resources in GPRC’s stewardship region here.



Leading the Pack this Summer

Leading the Pack this Summer

Steve Sir to Lead Guest Coach Line Up at 2018 Elite Basketball Camp

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.

GPRC Wolves are pleased to welcome Steve Sir back to the Sport Camp program as a lead guest coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 17-19, 2018.

Steve who represented Canada at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup held in the Philippines earlier this month, is a three-point specialist who holds the NCAA record for three-point field goal percentage. He led Team Canada in points, putting him firmly in the top ten scorers at the tournament.

On why sports camps are so important Steve says that “Some of my best memories with basketball are attending the basketball camps I went to growing up. 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.”

Click here for last year’s Q&A with Steve.

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.

We are so pleased that Steve is joining us again this year says Mandy Botham, GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, he is admired by the athletes in our community, and we are honoured to have him share his skills and experiences with us.

The 2018 Basketball Elite Camp which sold out last year because of limited availability, promises to be as exciting. Along with Steve, we have a skilled lineup of coaches and mentors. Mental Performance Consultant, Matt Bain will kick off the camp on Saturday with a team session followed by on-court instruction on how to transfer learned mental skills to shooting success.

Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips will spend time with the athletes conducting a basketball specific dynamic warm-up, movement prep, and strength and conditioning workout on-court. He will also speak about the training and guidance that Wolves teams receive, while touring the athletes through our High-Performance Training Centre. The athletes will also receive information on how to assess their skill level including pointers on how to improve and what to strive for to compete at a higher level.

From Wolves Basketball, Women’s Head Coach Mandy Botham, along with Assistant Coach Karli Munro and athletes Britney Peters and Derian Geddes will lend their skills and teach athletes systems and how to play the Wolves way. Men’s Head Coach Evan Lloyd will also be on hand to assist on skill development.

For more information on the Basketball Elite Camp, and to register, please visit gprc.me/summercamps

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.