GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 24, 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 Brittany Duvall and Kyle Reynolds from Wolves Cross Country Running as our current Athletes of the Week!

Brittany Duvall

Brittany Duvall

Hailing from the metropolis of Eaglesham, AB where she was the entire XC Running team at her high school (yep, a one-woman team!), Brittany Duvall enters her third and final season with the Wolves.

Enrolled in the Personal Trainer Program at GPRC, the two-time participant at the CCAA National XC Running Championships, Duvall looks forward to this season and a chance at qualifying for a third consecutive national championship, which are being held this November in Toronto.

 

 

 

Kyle Reynolds

Kyle Reynolds

Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at GPRC, Mr. Reynolds returns to the Wolves for his 5th and final season and will provide veteran leadership in his “victory lap” year.  Reynolds, the 2004 CCAA National XC Running Individual Champion, has a legendary winning attitude and sense of humour that will help the young Wolves in their quest for an ACAC podium finish.

Congratulations Brittany and Kyle!

GPRC Wolves Athlete of the Week: September 17, 2018

Each week,  GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Dane Philipenko from Wolves Basketball as our current Athlete of the Week!

 

Dane Philipenko

Dane Philipenko

Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program at GPRC, Dane Philipenko, a 3rd year Guard has great basketball IQ, and is well respected by his teammates and the opposition. He is a consistent scorer and in a recent exhibition trip to Edmonton gave a strong performance, scoring double figures in all three exhibition games. A strong and physical defender, Dane is a key member of the team and will be a leader for Men’s Basketball in the 2018-19 season.

Congratulations Dane!

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 10, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 10, 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 Sydney Kelly and Pieter Boone from Wolves Soccer as our current Athletes of the Week!

Sydney Kelly

Sydney Kelly

Sydney, who is enrolled in Open Studies at GPRC, is in her rookie season and scored two goals in her home opener against the King’s University Eagles over the weekend, earning her Player of the Game recognition on Saturday.

A powerful player who is willing to work hard for her teammates when possession is lost, she can score with either foot, has good control and great stamina, she leads the offense brilliantly and possesses a wonderful attitude to the game.

Head Coach Chris Morgan says that “Sydney always sets a good example and is well respected by everyone.” He adds “She is a pleasure to coach and we look forward to more goals from her in a Wolves uniform.”

Pieter Boone

“It is a pleasure to have Pieter return for his 2nd year to represent the Wolves”, says Head Coach Morgan, “as well as being a real threat in the air, he is a strong and physical defender with a tremendous range of passing and a booming right foot.”

Pieter is enrolled in Open Studies at GPRC and was outstanding in the two games versus the King’s University Eagles over the weekend, with commanding performances on

Pieter Boone

defense, which earned him the Player of the Game nomination on Friday.

A real personality both on and off the field, Pieter is well liked by his peers and plays an important role within the squad.

Congratulations Sydney and Pieter!

The squads travel South this upcoming weekend, facing the University of Alberta – Augustana Vikings on Saturday, and NAIT Ooks on Sunday. Kick off is at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00pm and 2:00 pm on Sunday, with the Women’s game taking place first on both days.

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.

Back to school jitters are a real thing and we’re here to help!

Back to school jitters are a real thing and we’re here to help!

Back to school jitters are a real and normal experience of post-secondary life. It doesn’t what year of study you’re in, if you’re fresh out of high school, a mature student or somewhere in between; it doesn’t matter what program you’re taking, or if you already know someone attending GPRC or not. Back to school jitters get us all, and with a new academic year starting at GPRC in T-24 hours, we took to our social media followers for some helpful advice on how to combat back to school jitters.

They had some really awesome advice, check it out.

Our first question asked on Instagram was aimed towards GPRC alumni and returning students. We asked “What advice do you have for first students?”

The answers were really incredible.

  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Get your work done right away, it will honestly save so much time and stress in the long run.
  • Buy your textbooks on amazon.
  • Be on time.
  • Attend every class – even after ThursDen.
  • Attend all the orientation events. You’ll meet some awesome friends there!
  • Balance. Balance the essays, lab reports, and studying with things you enjoy.
  • Go for walks. Fresh air will help you think.
  • Learn where your classes are ahead of time.
  • Learn where your supports are around campus and make use of them. They are there to help you after all.
  • Remember to live a little.
  • Come to home games. It’s so fun to be a part of something and why not cheer on your fellow Wolves.
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
  • Get to campus early for parking!
  • Secure your favourite study spot early. Exam time, you’ll thank yourself.
  • Don’t forget to believe in yourself.
  • Talk to your classmates and attend social events. You could meet lifelong friends.
  • You might not have everything under control right off the bat and that’s okay. It’s okay to find your groove.
  • Don’t miss a day! One day can change everything!
  • Don’t be afraid. Life is scary enough, find things to love about college and enjoy it!
  • Utilize all of the student resources and take your studies seriously!
  • You belong here just as much of the next person.
  • The Students’ Association is here for you!
  • Take on chance and sign up for that course you’re curious about. You might find your passion, an awesome hobby or meet like-minded people.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your instructors. Ask for help!

Now that we’ve got some tips on how to battle those back to school jitters, we’re almost ready to take on the new school year. But first, let’s move on to the second question we asked our social media followers. We asked to our new and returning students, “What are you most looking forward to this academic year?” with hopes are sharing their response to give some of students who are nervous about coming back to school, some light and things they can also look forward too.

Here’s their responses.

  • Meeting new people – this is my first time moving away from home and it’s terrifying but also so exciting.
  • Moving out!
  • Freedom!
  • Finishing school so I can start a career I know I’m going to love.
  • Being challenged by classes and assignments again.
  • Volunteering.
  • Living the dorms with my three besties. It’s going to be so much fun.
  • Securing my favourite study spot at the Library.
  • No classes before 10 a.m.
  • Decorating my space to make it my own!
  • Getting the soccer season underway!
  • Seeing all my friends again and getting to meet new ones.
  • Making memories to look back on for a lifetime.
  • Getting back on the court!
  • Meeting like-minded people who share the same passions as me but also challenge me to view the world differently.
  • Joining a student group or club. I love getting involved and want to make the best of my time at GPRC.
  • School supply shopping. New notebooks and pens put me in such a good mood. I can’t wait to use them.
  • Getting back in the gym and getting involved with intramurals again.
  • TOGA! SA parties are the best!

We hope you found some of those tips helpful as you get ready to head back to GPRC or get ready to join us for your first year!

The number one advice we’d like to leave you with is, remember to make use of your student resources. They are here to help you and help you succeed in this next chapter of your life. You can find them all here. 

Welcome to the GPRC family.

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