2019 GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold

2019 GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold

The 49th annual Festival of Gold celebration happened in the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre on our GPRC Grande Prairie campus this past Thursday, March 28.

We are reminiscing about honouring our incredible GPRC Wolves athletes at last night’s event.

GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk.

“Congratulations to all our GPRC athletes for the fantastic work you’re doing inside the classroom and on the field, track, or court,” said GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk at the celebrations. “GPRC athletes represent our community and region across the province and across Canada. You are ambassadors of not only GPRC but our region. The entire community is proud of your accomplishments.”

There were many incredible honours earned last night at the event. We are excited to announce the GPRC Wolves Athlete and Rookie of the Year recipients.

GPRC Wolves Male Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year, Liam O’Hallahan of the Wolves Men’s Basketball team.

GPRC Wolves Athletics is proud to congratulate Liam O’Hallahan on receiving the 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year, and 2018-19 Male Rookie of the Year Awards tonight at the annual GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold celebration. Held in the iconic Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, this formal event honours the athletic and academic achievements of GPRC Wolves student-athletes.

O’Hallahan, a Peace Wapiti Academy graduate is enrolled in the University Transfer Education program at GPRC, and in his rookie season with the Wolves, the 6’3” Guard has certainly made an impact. Playing 20 of the 24 ACAC Conference games and garnering a 16.7 points per game (PTS/G) average, O’Hallahan has positioned himself as a first-class athlete in the conference. Along with a competitive PTS/G, he also recorded a season high, 7.5 rebounds per game, placing him firmly with the best of the conference in that category. With these impressive statistics he earned the 2018-19 ACAC Men’s Basketball North Rookie of the Year, and 2018-19 ACAC All-Conference honours earlier in the season

Congratulations Liam.

GPRC Wolves Female Rookie of the Year, Sophie Melin of the Wolves Women’s Basketball team.

GPRC Wolves Athletics is proud to congratulate Sophie Melin on receiving the 2018-19 Female Rookie of the Year Award tonight at the annual GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold celebration. Held in the iconic Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, this formal event honours the athletic and academic achievements of GPRC Wolves student-athletes.

Head Coach Mandy Botham’s summary of Melin’s performance in her rookie season speaks volumes to her character and talent as an athlete, “I’m immensely proud of Sophie for receiving this award. Not only is she a skilled and dynamic forward on the court, she is strong academically and a natural leader who brings confidence and composure to our young team.”

Melin, who is in Open Studies at GPRC had a breakthrough season with the Wolves recording a team high 11.6 points per game average. With 115 defensive rebounds (11th in ACAC) and averaging 1.0 blocked shots per game (4th in ACAC) she has made her mark on the conference as a legitimate threat in the key.

Congratulations Sophie!

GPRC Wolves Female Athlete of the Year, Megan Koch (Women’s Volleyball) and Alex Verhun (Women’s Soccer).

GPRC Wolves Athletics is proud to congratulate Megan Koch on receiving the 2018-19 Female Athlete of the Year Award tonight at the annual GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold celebration. Held in the iconic Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, this formal event honours the athletic and academic achievements of GPRC Wolves student-athletes.

A multiple ACAC All-Conference athlete and the 2017-18 GPRC Wolves Female Athlete of the Year, Koch has been a constant threat in the conference for the last three seasons. Enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (TEN) program at GPRC, Koch has a career high of 816 kills, and 275 this season alone, Koch sits at the top of conference for kills, kills per set and service aces.

Congratulations Megan!

GPRC Wolves Athletics is proud to congratulate Alex Verhun on receiving the 2018-19 Female Athlete of the Year Award tonight at the annual GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold celebration. Held in the iconic Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, this formal event honours the athletic and academic achievements of GPRC Wolves student-athletes.

A ACAC All-Conference winner, Alex played the important role of team captain and leader for the GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer team this season. She helped all of the first years on and off the field, led by example on the field with her strong running and leadership; and possesses an extraordinary work ethic.

Enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program at GPRC, Verhun is also a CCAA Academic All Canadian, an academic honour given to student-athletes for maintaining a competitive GPA while in competition. This accolade demonstrates perfectly the dedication and commitment Verhun has to her academic and soccer career and is a great ambassador of the program and institution as a whole.

Congratulations Alex!

A special congratulations to all our athletes that were honoured at Thursday’s event.

Memorial Awards

Darryl Nicoll Memorial Basketball Award – Jeremy Pynn

Tim Pomeroy Memorial Volleyball Award – Ethan Nashim

The Gary Kostiuk Memorial Volleyball Awards – Carter Nadkrynechny and Leah Friesen.

Arthur Dunn Memorial Volleyball Scholarship – Chloe Keay

Louis Lamoureux Award -Dane Philipenko

Gurevitch Burnham Cross Country Award – Anna van der Giessen

 

Team Awards 

Penny Thompson Most Outstanding Male Cross-Country Runner – Eric Nooy

Penny Thompson Most Outstanding Female Cross-Country Runner – Anna van der Giessen

Outstanding Male Track Athlete – Brandon Tufford

Outstanding Female Track Athlete – Maria Houle

Men’s Soccer Most Valuable Player  – Sebastian Lobe

Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player  – Alex Verhun

Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player  – Kirk Testawitch

Women’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player  – Megan Koch and Leah Friesen

Men’s Basketball Most Valuable Player  – Liam O’Hallahan

Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player  – Sophie Melin

Iron Wolf Award 

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) believes that the foundation of athletic success is year round preparation. The Iron Wolf award recognizes a student-athlete, both male and female, whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to the strength and conditioning program. The recipients of this award exemplify the work ethic one would expect that of a successful student athlete through their leadership, dedication, hard work and consistency demonstrated in their athletic preparation.

Congratulations Leah Friesen and Jeremy Pynn.

CCAA Academic All-Canadian Awards 

Congratulations Michelle Brodeur and Alex Verhun from the GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer team.

 

Individual Academic Awards 

Men’s Basketball – Logan Rempel

Women’s Basketball – Heidi Derksen/Carly Rombs

Cross Country – Maria Houle

Men’s Soccer – Sebastien Lobe

Women’s Soccer – Sam Wiancko

Men’s Volleyball – Ryan Schwindt

Women’s Volleyball – Kelsie Dukart

Team Academic Award

Women’s Volleyball – with an overall team GPA of 3.16.

“Wolves Athletics has always been a big part of our college and our community. You are all part of that strong tradition,” said GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk. “Be proud of your achievements, you all deserve recognition for what you have accomplished. Celebrate your success!”

View more photos from the event here.

 

 

 

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 25, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 25, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Alex Joseph from the Men’s Basketball team and Sydney Embleton from the Women’s Soccer team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Sydney Embleton

Program: 1st Year, Business Administration
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia

Hailing from Vernon, B.C., Sydney is in her first year at GPRC and we are so pleased to have her part of the women’s soccer program. A dynamic player with explosive pace, and a tremendous shot, Sydney proved her versatility playing in a number of positions for the team this year. Sydney has an excellent work ethic allied with a feisty competitive nature. Her vibrant personality both on and off the field is a joy to witness. Thank you Sydney for your dedication to the Wolves!

Alex Joseph

Program: 4th Year, Open Studies
Position: Forward
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Alex Joseph is a forward in his second ACAC season with the Wolves. A Brooklyn, New York native, Alex is a dynamic forward who was heavily relied on, and helped the Wolves finish 11-13, just outside of the playoffs. Next season, Alex will be depended on and play a large role in leading the Wolves to the playoffs. Thank you Alex for your dedication to the Wolves!

 

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals here.

French Club fundraiser a success

The French Soirée organized for the first time by the French program at GPRC, took place at Jeffrey’s Café Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The purpose of this event was raising funds for the French Club at GPRC.

The French event was very well attended by GPRC employees including Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO; Kazem Mashkournia, Dean of School of Arts, Science and Upgrading, as well as many Grande Prairie community members.

At the beginning of the Soirée, the guests were welcomed in a Lounge very well decorated in French style and colours. The French ambience was completed by classical French music and presentation related to French culture and history. All guests were very pleased by a tasteful French menu and drinks. The GPRC French students generously volunteered as servers during this Soirée.

The event was a big success and the guests were suggesting to continue organizing this event on a annual basis!

Submitted by GPRC Instructors Raoudha Kallel and Elena Voskovskaia

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brandon Tufford and Maria Houle from our GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Brandon Tufford 

Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Engineering
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Tufford graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School last year and was recruited to GPRC as one of the top middle distance runners in the province for his age.  In 2018, Brandon placed 3rd in the Provincial High School Championship in the 800m.

During the 2018 cross-country season, Brandon struggled a couple set-backs as stomach issues derailed most of his races. However, when indoor track came around second semester, his fortunes turned around and he consistently placed among the top 3 in his indoor races and setting 7 GPRC Wolves school records.

At the ACAC Indoor Championships this past weekend (March 15-16) in Calgary, Brandon brought home two medals.  He became only the second Wolves male athlete ever to achieve a podium placing at the ACAC level since the first in 2014. Brandon finished second in the 600m, fifth in the 300, and anchored the Wolves men’s 4 x 400m to a third place finish alongside teammates, Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes and Miguel Macedo.

Thank you Brandon for your dedication to the Wolves!

Maria Houle

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Paddle Prairie, Alberta

Maria Houle is a third year Wolves Athlete studying Sociology at GPRC.  She took a year off of school and running last year to have her first child, daughter Willow.

Maria returned to running last fall and placed 16th at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships (number 2 among the Wolves) in Vermilion.

For the indoor track season, Maria was asked to step down in distance and compete at the 300m and 600m distances.  She came up big at the ACAC Indoor Championships. Maria won the B Final and placed fifth in the 300m and finished sixth in the 600m.  She also ran a leg on the fourth place Wolves 4 x 400m team.

Thank you Maria for your dedication to the Wolves!

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 11, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Aaliyah Kouyami from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Thomas Wheeler from the Wolves Men’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Aaliyah Kouyami #22

Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Arts
Position: Centre/Forward
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Aaliyah is a first year centre/forward hailing from Charles Spencer High School in Grande Prairie. She is an intelligent athlete with a high basketball IQ. She credits this to her father who played professional basketball in France and taught her about basketball from a very young age. Aaliyah is a very vocal teammate who often quarterbacks our defense. Thank you Aaliyah for your dedication to the Wolves!

 

Thomas Wheeler #9

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Education
Position: Middle
Hometown: Ipswich, Australia

Thomas is building off of a strong rookie season in the ACAC.  Thomas brings a strong physical presence at the net consistently making impacts as a blocker slowing down or stopping opponents offence. Thank you Thomas for your dedication to the Wolves!