The 2018-2019 basketball season begins with optimism for the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team. The team returns two senior players with 10 rookies on the roster leading to an exciting time for the program.
Returning players Britney Peters and Derian Geddes will be heavily relied on to set the tone and be leaders for the team. “The athletes I have recruited this year are the foundation that we will build on going forward,” says Head Coach Mandy Botham. Five out of the 10 first years are from Grande Prairie, and nine of the 10 are from Alberta. Notable first years are Lilee Burke-Stasiuk from Edmonton; Sophie Leslie from Grande Prairie; Kelly Reid form St. Albert; Jayden Demchuk from Whitehorse and Heidi Derksen from the Provincial Championship La Crete Women’s Team. The Wolves are also excited to have international recruit Sophie Melin from Sweden who will play a key role on the court.
“We will be very exciting to watch,” says Botham. “We have a young roster and there is a lot of learning happening. Our goal is to get a little bit better every time we step onto the court and so far we are achieving that. The athletes have already developed chemistry with each other and I expect that to continue to grow.”
“I am most looking forward to continuing to build and establish our team culture. The group of athletes we have this season are hard working, competitive and driven and that is exactly what we need to build on to be competitive in our conference.”