2018 Coach of the Year Accolade for Ron Thomson

2018 Coach of the Year Accolade for Ron Thomson

GPRC Wolves and GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness is proud to congratulate Ron Thomson on being selected as the 2018 Coach of the Year for Volleyball Alberta in the performance category; female division.

With thirty years of elite coaching experience between the University, Collegiate, National Team, Club and Provincial Team levels, Ron has been coaching and working with athletes of all ages in the sport of volleyball. Ron’s passion and dedication to the game of volleyball combined with his intensity and competitive spirit have produced many amazing teams and athletes over the years.

The 2018 club season results are testament to this passion and dedication as Ron coached the GPRC Wolves U16 Girls who brought home provincial gold in Division 1, rounding up the season with a 5th place finish at Volleyball Canada Nationals in Division 1, Tier 1.

In addition, Ron coached both the GPRC Men’s and Women’s varsity programs for 17 years and over his tenure he was honored with the ACAC Coach of the Year 5 times and the CCAA Coach of the Year twice.  In his current role as the Director of Sport, Fitness and Wellness at GPRC, Ron continues to influence and mentor other coaches with his refined leadership skills, promoting excellence in coach and athlete development.

Congratulations Ron on another outstanding achievement.

Get Fit with GPRC Campus Recreation – The 2018 winter fitness schedule is here!

Get Fit with GPRC Campus Recreation – The 2018 winter fitness schedule is here!

Did you know that students who are physically active have lower stress levels and perform better in school? Most students know the benefits of regular exercise, but it can be difficult to keep up a regiment while balancing the demands of school and other commitments. GPRC is making it easy to get active next semester with a range of fun and affordable group fitness classes, where GPRC students enjoy a 75% discount! From Yin Yoga to Spin Class to Chisel Strength and Social Dance classes, Campus Recreation has a class for you.

Kick off the new year right—join one of next semester’s Group Fitness Classes! Registration is now open and you can sign up for a class at the Fitness Centre during all regular business hours. The FC Desk and Weightroom will be open during the holidays in case you happen to be on campus and want to sign up.



Important Notes:

  • Classes start January 8 and run for 14 weeks until April 13
  • GPRC students receive a 75% discount upon registration


  • Increased overall strength and cardio
  • Improved self-confidence and mental health
  • Increased energy levels
  • Great way to interact with fellow students and staff

Spots are limited. Sign up now:

  • In person: Sport, Fitness & Wellness Desk which is located at the entrance to the gymnasium in M-Wing
  • By phone: 780-539-2007 or 780-539-2816


Follow GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness on Facebook for more information about upcoming classes and fitness opportunities  – @GPRCSFW

Visit us online for more info about these and other fitness options – gprc.me/campusrec


GPRC Work Out of the Week: November 6, 2017

GPRC Work Out of the Week: November 6, 2017

Unsure of what to do when you go to the GPRC Fitness Centre? Are you in the same boring workout routine? Don’t worry we have a solution!

Each week a different GPRC student from the PEAK Advanced Methodologies class will provide a new workout with a warm up, workout, cool down, as well as useful tips and pointers!

The new Workout of the Week (WOW) has been posted!

These WOW’s are sure to provide a great solution to those who are unsure of what do next in their workout routine or for those who simply want to mix it up. They provide knowledgeable recommendations and well rounded exercises for the fitness goer in everyone.

Workout of the week posters can be found in two locations around our Grande Prairie campus!

  1.  Located at the bottom of the stairs into the weight room and
  2.  Located by the water fountain at the top of the stairs in the weight room.


This week’s workout is brought to you by Brian Peterson, a GPRC PEAK student.

Brian is passionate about family, wellness and sustainable weight loss.

Travelling, spending time with his family and the community are just some of his interests.

So, what are you waiting for? Head down to the College Fitness Centre to see this week’s workout and learn more about its creator.

GPRC Campus Recreation – Road Hockey Event!

GPRC Campus Recreation – Road Hockey Event!

Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight!

OH! The good ol’ Hockey game, is the best game you can name.
And the best game you can name, is the good ol’ Hockey game.

If you love the game of hockey, being outdoors and free food, GPRC Campus Recreation is hosting the perfect event for you.

GPRC Campus Recreation along with Project Leaders from the PEAK Sports Administration Class, are putting together a classic Canadian tradition… an outdoor pick-up road  hockey game and you’re invited! Enjoy a fun afternoon of friendly road hockey on GPRC’s Grande Prairie Campus, a fire to roast hot dogs, complimentary hot chocolate and have the chance to win some awesome GPRC swag.

The goal of this event is to create an outdoor activity event for GPRC students to participate in during the colder fall months.

This outdoor hockey game should run throughout the afternoon of October 26, where those involved will be creating an awareness for the rest of the College and the community that GPRC students are making a real effort to get active, stay healthy and have fun! You may even make some new awesome friends too!

So, grab a hockey stick and join the crowd in an easy-going, recreational shinny game basking in the beautiful fall weather on GPRC Campus. Skates are not needed and beginners are welcomed! Equipment will be provided, but individuals who are able to bring their own hockey sticks if they prefer.

This event is targeted for all of our GPRC students, staff and faculty who just want to come out and have some fun. You can even invite your friends who are a part of the community to join in!

If this is something you think you’d be interested in… check out the details below and we’ll see you there!

Location: Behind College & Community Health Centre – Along Reservoir Trail.

Registration Process: Register at the Fitness Centre desk or just drop by to start playing.

Open to whom: GPRC students, staff, faculty and the community.

Time: 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to participate.

Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

GPRC Athletics is pleased to announce that Mandy Botham is assuming the position of Head Coach for GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team.

Coming from Prince George, British Columbia with 14 years of experience in coaching basketball, Botham has competed at both provincial and national levels multiple times. Botham is always bringing plenty of playing experience to the team having played for GPRC herself from 1994-96 and was a member of the team that went undefeated in 1994-95, won ACAC’s and placed 3rd at CCAA National Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Botham’s coaching experience includes coaching at the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance in Vancouver, as well as coaching at post-secondary levels including University of Northern British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was also the Head Coach for Team BC’s U15 Girls Teams in 2014 and 2015.

Most recently, Botham served as head coach position for the Rebels Elite Basketball program and the College Heights Secondary School Women’s Basketball team, both located in Prince George, British Columbia.
“Mandy is a welcomed addition to the Wolves coaching staff,” says GPRC Athletics Director François Fournier.  “We have no doubt that the passion and experience she brings to the court, along with her personality and coaching style will provide the support and direction the team needs to achieve its goals this coming season.”

“I am excited to be the leader of the Wolves Women’s Basketball program,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to bringing my passion for the game of basketball to Grande Prairie and to get involved in the community and in growing and developing local athletes.”

GPRC Wolves Athletics is looking forward to the coaching skills and energy Botham will bring to the program.

“GPRC has been very welcoming to me,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to taking this team into the future and getting out on the court and watching our team grow in their skills, academics and community engagement.”