Program: 5th Year, Business Administration Position: Midfielder Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
GPRC Wolves midfielder, Scott Fraser is in his fifth and final year at the College. He has played a key role in the program and mentoring our younger players. Scott has a wand of a left foot and possesses a wonderful first touch complete with a booming shot. He is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the squad and his love for the game brings the team’s momentum up a notch.
Scott is a popular member of the squad. He is a mature student-athlete and advises the younger athletes of the Wolves way. Thank you to Scott for his dedication to the Wolves.
Anna van der Giessen
Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Hometown: Bezanson, Alberta
With the departure of last year’s Cross Country Running MVP Kelcie Bulas, Anna van der Giessen was tasked with leading the Wolves Women’s Cross Country team this fall. Anna stepped up to the task and was the top GPRC Wolves Women’s runner in every race during the October and November season. The pride of Bezanson, Alberta, Anna looks to score points in Indoor Track for the Wolves in the 600m, the 1000m, and the 4 x 400m relay this semester. Thank you Anna for your dedication to the Wolves program.
Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.
3rd Year, Licensed Practical Nurse Middle Hometown: Beaverlodge, Alberta
Leah is a very dynamic athlete with a fiery spirit. She is seen in the league as a major offensive threat from the middle and recently recorded 8 and 10 kills per match respectively this past weekend when the Wolves took on the NAIT Ooks. Her all around skills of defense, serving consistency as well as dynamic closing to block make her a valuable asset on the court and to the team. Her leadership abilities are demonstrated both on and off the court with immense dedication to the weight-room and in her academics. Leah serves as a co-captain to the Wolves squad.
Well done, Leah!
1st Year, Open Studies Guard Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Sophie joins the GPRC Wolves in her first year all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Sophie’s first season with the pack is off to an incredible start with her averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She currently sits at 8th in the Conference for 3 point percentage at 41.9%. Sophie is a leader and co-captain of the team. She plays an integral role on our team and is a fantastic leader. She is seen around the league as a major threat to score a lot of points. Sophie’s dedication to her team, sport, and studies are evident in everything that she does.
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 Britney Peters and Ethan Nashim from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Men’s Volleyball team as our current Athletes of the Week!
2nd Year Bachelor of Education, University Transfer Forward
Fort St. John, B.C.
Britney has put in a ton of work in the off season and it has shown in training and in games. She had a career high 20 points during their first season game vs. The Kings Eagles on October 19. Britney is a committed athlete and natural leader. She plays an integral role on the Wolves team and has really helped the first year athletes transition into the ACAC.
2nd Year Bachelor of Kinesiology, University Transfer Outside Hitter
Lac La Biche, A.B.
Ethan’s success on the floor comes as no surprise to his teammates and coaches. He has shown great dedication to training and growth throughout the off-season and during the first two months of his second year at GPRC. He is a great example for his first year and future teammates showing that hard work pays off! During their home game on October 19, Ethan was an outlet scorer finishing with 16 kills and a .350 hitting efficiency. He also pitched in 5 service aces and had multiple runs to put Kings Eagles on the defensive.
Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and feel like you do not know how to get through the day? I do, and I do it on a regular basis.
I am constantly juggling my three-month-old son and two daughters, ages 7 and 9, as well as school and my job as a server on the weekends. My life is constantly go, go, go.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in my first year back to school after 12 years and decided to complete my upgrading. I was living 45 minutes outside of town. It was not easy then and it has not got much easier. I had my son in July and he was born by a caesarean section; I was back working six weeks later and then not long after that my fourth semester at GPRC started. I was not used to the fact that I had a new baby and my daughters plus working and school. I almost had a nervous breakdown because I was always so busy and had no time for myself. So I took a step back and looked at my life and started to make a plan, so I still could have time for my children, for school and homework and also work weekends.
It took a while, but I did it and now I make time for myself at least once every two days, which I am working on making it every day. It does not have to be long even taking 30 minutes for yourself makes a huge difference. Some of the things I do is go tanning, go see a movie, go have a girls night or just simply lay in bed with no interruptions and put on Netflix.
I know there are many single moms and just moms in general out there that always try to do more for everyone else and nothing for them. My advice to you…make time for yourself and do not run yourself short. You can have as many goals as you want but give a reasonable timeline and make time for you! When I first started making time for myself, I felt guilty and it took a bit for that feeling to go away but then I remembered that if I didn’t take the time and just relax, I would not be able to be the best mom I can be and I will not be able to achieve my goals. I feel so much better about life and still am super busy all the time, but with giving me some “me” time I feel like I can get through the days easier and my mood has improved so much. I seem to have way more motivation then I did before and let me tell you, it feels amazing! I love my son and two daughters more than life its self and would not change anything in my life right now but there are those moments where I need to focus on me and it is not that I am a bad mother, it is because I care about my future and my children and I want to give them the best possible life I can. Now I sit back and look at my life with a huge smile on my face and I could not be any happier with what I have achieved with my children by my side.
It is not easy but it is possible to have goals, have a new baby with two daughter, and work; being a single mom is hard but comes with great achievements as well as the best feeling in the world.
Winning back-to-back Provincial Gold with the Spirit River Renegades in 2016 & 2017, Tori is a great addition to the Wolves defence. She will be a threat on the right side says Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte. Tori looks forward to becoming a stronger player and has had her sights set on GPRC for a long time. With a new coach and team, she is excited for her rookie season playing at the college level.
Hailing from Grande Prairie, Mackenzie won 3A Provincials in 2015. Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to watching her grow as a player and says she will be an amazing asset to the team. Mackenzie is looking forward to representing her hometown and is honoured to check off a goal of hers – putting on a wolves jersey after growing up and watching the Wolves play. She is looking forward to getting this season started and showing her community what it means to be a wolf.