GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 22, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 22, 2018

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!

Britney Peters

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.

 

 

Ethan Nashim

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.

Congratulations Britney and Ethan. 

Men & Women Soccer 2018/19 Season Outlook

Men & Women Soccer 2018/19 Season Outlook

Men’s Soccer

Another highly anticipated season of ACAC soccer will commence at Pomeroy Field on the 7th of September against Kings University. The Wolves tied both games with the same opponents last season.

The Wolves are expected to improve in their standings from last season in the conference. It will be a difficult year with many of the players from last season moving on. Coach Morgan has recruited local lads Leo Rojas, Jared Winnicky-Hussey and Kevin Morgan along with three new faces from the West Coast in the form of right back Noah Mohninger, winger Jacob Jahns and dual sport athlete Tucker McCleod. Jared Perry and Aiden Proctor have arrived from Edmonton while Kash Morrison has rejoined the squad.

Veterans Scott Fraser, Seb Lobe and Brandon Harvey will play an important role helping the new recruits settle in during what should be an interesting campaign.

Coach Morgan hopes the squad can fulfil their potential and reach provincials. “Last season the Wolves did not obtain the results we had hoped despite some fine performances. If we can turn the ties into wins and the narrow losses into ties I have no doubt we can reach provincials.”

Women’s Soccer

With only 4 returnees it will be difficult to repeat the success that the Wolves women had the past two seasons reaching Nationals twice and winning a Provincial title win last year.

It is practically a new team says Coach Morgan but I am excited to see what the new recruits bring to the program. “We cannot look back on past glories, we have to look at the present and the future and keep working hard for success.”

The lady wolves have recruited heavily in the off-season. Local graduates aiming to make their mark are Mariah Kyllo and Bailey Richarde. Tea Brown and Kaitlin Buziak arrive from Fort St John; Sydney Embleton and Kate Allison from Vernon; Sydney Kelly arrives from Vanderhoof, and Danja Fredrickson comes from Vancouver. Calandra Bychyk hails from Edmonton while Jayden Demchuk has travelled from Whitehorse in the Yukon.

Returnees Sam Wiancko, Michelle Brodeur, Madi Gillespie and Alex Verhun will play an important role in leading the new squad through the campaign.

“It is always difficult adding so many recruits and I only hope we can gel quickly, fulfil our potential and bring more success to the program. In our pre-season games in Red Deer the girls showed that we can compete at this level. The games also showed if we are not on our game the 90 minutes can be difficult. I just hope the girls fulfil their potential and grow as both students and athletes,” says Coach Morgan.

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.
Welcome to the Pack, Aaliyah!

Welcome to the Pack, Aaliyah!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Aaliyah Kouyami to the Women’s Basketball program.

Welcome to the Pack, Aaliyah!

Aaliyah is the 5th athlete from Grande Prairie to join the Wolves for the 2018-19 season. A powerful centre from the Charles Spencer Mavericks, Aaliyah will bring much-needed rim protection, and an inside presence for us, according to head coach Mandy Botham, who is also extremely proud to have a strong local and regional presence on the squad. Coach Botham strongly believes in giving local athletes an opportunity to play at the post-secondary level and says that the numerous high school and club games she has watched have definitely paid off. ­ Aaliyah, who is pursuing studies in criminal psychology, chose GPRC because it is close to home making the transition to a higher level of basketball easier. She is excited about the season’s first game and looks forward to learning all she can from coaches, teammates and other teams.

Welcome to the pack, Aaliyah!

GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

Fresh off the 2017-18 season where Wolves Athletics and GPRC hosted a very successful CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, we are so pleased that Megan Koch and McKenna Wolstenholme of the Women’s Volleyball team have committed to coaching Wolves Sports Camps this summer. We caught up with the women and asked them few questions.

Megan, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program wrapped up a very successful season winning the 2017-18 Wolves Athletics Female Athlete of the Year Award for her efforts, which include her selection to the ACAC Women’s North All-Conference Team, and CCAA Second Team All-Star nomination. Further to her athletic achievements Megan was also honoured as a CCAA Academic All Canadian.

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I am entering the Teacher Education North Program in the fall and plan on becoming an elementary teacher after I graduate.

Why do you think kids camps are important?

–          Growing up I attended every camp that applied to my sport. I believe every opportunity you can take to better your skills will help develop you in the long run. Camps are a great way to stay active during the summer and make new friends and memories as well!

As the hardest worker on and off the court who enthusiastically supports the team and exhibits a winning attitude, McKenna, The Gary Kostiuk Memorial Volleyball Award recipient is no stranger to the Sport Camp landscape, having coached a number of camps last year.

According to Mackie Scholtes, Sport Camp Coordinator “McKenna is a great coach and the kids absolutely love her. She really gets them active through fun activities to help with their fundamental movement skills”

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I just completed my second year and I am currently in Bachelor of Education. I am also eager to be accepted into the TEN program this following year to complete my full degree at GPRC. After graduation, I am planning to be a kindergarten to grade three teacher.

Why do you think kid’s camps are important?

–          To me they are important for kids to get out into their community and meet new friends while learning new games and activities. Kids camps are a fun environment where kids of all skill levels and ages can come together to enjoy being healthy and active.

 

What makes you passionate about your sport?

–          I am passionate about the sport of volleyball because I have always played sports and I enjoy the friendships made, the energy and hard work it takes to accomplish a skill. My passion for sports and coaching is recognized by my enthusiasm and work ethic to continue to develop our sport program at all levels at GPRC.

 

What was the highlight of your college playing career so far?

–          The highlight of my first two years would definitely be nationals! In my first year, we got the opportunity to travel to Victoria, BC to compete. In my second year, GPRC hosted nationals. This was unreal getting to play in front of all our family, friends, and classmates on home court.

 

Both women are instructing the multi-sport-climbing combination camp, and volleyball camp.

The Multi-sport-climbing combination camp is open for kids aged 7 – 9 and 10 – 14 years of age and combines a half day of Rock Climbing with a half day of Multi – sports. Half the day will be spent in the climbing gym, while the other half will be spent exploring a multitude of other sports. Each day will have a different focus, with sport specific skills, and game – play situations, making for an exciting learning environment. Basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton are just some of the sports you will play!

The Volleyball Camp is open to kids 9 – 14 years of age and is designed to teach fundamental skills through progressive drills, skill – based games and modified scrimmages in a fun camp atmosphere. Sportsmanship and a love of the game are key themes in all of our sports camps.

Learn more about our camps at gprc.me/summercamps