GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

Hundreds of young athletes flooded into the GPRC Wolves gymnasium to collect their Zone ID’s in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games being held in Grande Prairie, July 19 – 22. The games welcome over 2,500 athletes from all over Alberta to the Peace Region and feature 13 sports, with the GPRC gymnasium hosting 21 basketball games, including Boy’s Bronze and Gold medal games this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips who is heavily involved with Wolves Athletics, is the Zone 8 (Peace Country) Zone Chef and looks forward to the games. He says the various events will highlight what is available in Grande Prairie adding “not many smaller communities are fortunate enough to have access to the many quality facilities we have. I think the athletes will be surprised at what we have to offer.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

Phillips who has athletes participating in football, track and field, triathlon and mountain biking, is excited to see his, and other athletes compete at an elite level, adding that “because I’m new in the community, this will be a great opportunity to meet volunteers, coaches, athletes and supporters from the Peace Country. As the point contact for Zone 8, I also get to network with other Zones which strengthens our relationships province wide.”

As an avid football fan, Phillips will be keeping a close eye on those games, saying that “there is some tough competition out there. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who brought home provincial gold in Division 1 last season, are competing in the Beach Volleyball event and will represent Zone 8 as flag bearers at the opening celebrations which take place July 19, 2018 at Philip J. Currie Museum. With a pre-show at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the games which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The GPRC Gymnasium will be the host of the basketball events which kick off Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with boys Zone 3 (Calgary) vs. Zone 1 (Sunny South) on court 1, and boys Zone 6 (Edmonton) vs. Zone 4 (Parkland) on court 2. The gold medal game is slated to take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.

 

 

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.
Student Services Awards

Student Services Awards

We are excited to share that two employees within GPRC student services have been honoured with awards for their amazing work and dedication.

Congratulations to Jackie de Montarnal (left) and Jocelyn Smith (right)!

Jackie de Montarnal has been presented with the Marion Vosahlo Outstanding New Professional Award for her work in the Student Recruitment department at GPRC. Jackie joined the GPRC team in January 2016 and quickly rose from Recruitment Officer to Recruitment Coordinator.

This award is given to an individual with fewer than five years of full-time experience with student services at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. Individuals receive this award for recognized potential for significant leadership, active membership in organizations that enhance services for students, involvement with committees and projects, and/or demonstration of innovative or creative efforts within student services.

“Jackie has demonstrated amazing leadership and dedication to the recruitment efforts of GPRC,” said Jennifer Robertson, academic advising coordinator.

With her outstanding vision and organizational skills Jackie has led numerous on and off campus recruitment events. Her innovative efforts have also lead to a new strategic plan for recruitment that focuses on data driven analytics.

“Her bright and caring personality is always a joy to have around,” said Robertson, “We all look forward to many years working side by side with her.”

Jocelyn Smith has been presented with the Russ Guthrie Contribution to Student Services Award for her work as the accessibility coordinator for the Accessibility Supports and Disability Services Department.

This award is given to an individual who has five or more years of full-time experience demonstrating leadership within student services at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. To qualify for the award individuals must improve programs and services offered; have teaching, research and/or supervisory experience; participate in community service; and/or participate on institution-wide, community, or provincial committees and/or projects that promote best practices in student services.

Jocelyn has demonstrated leadership in student services through encouragement, trust, compassion, and a well-rounded outlook. She has led her team and the entire department to grow, evolve, and become the best they can be.

“She understands that a leader is someone who needs to connect with individuals, both students and coworkers, on a deeper level to promote growth and vitality, and to ensure no one is left behind or without encouragement,” said Kelsi House, accessibility advisor. “She takes the time to care for and truly fight for [individuals] in order to make their quality of life and studies better.”

Congratulations to Jackie de Montarnal and Jocelyn Smith! GPRC is glad to have you as part of the team, supporting our students and community!

Two New Men’s Volleyball Recruits!

Two New Men’s Volleyball Recruits!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Andrew Fogle and Chad Morrison to the Men’s Volleyball program.

Welcome to the pack, Andrew!

Andrew, who brought home gold from the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, and U18 Volleyball Alberta bronze is a very well rounded and highly skilled volleyball player. According to Head Coach Mitch Schneider, his versatility and skill will be a great asset to the program. Andrew looks forward to training and playing with the Wolves and is excited to develop with better, stronger players, all while pursuing studies in the Business Program with GPRC.

Welcome to the pack, Chad!

With Gold in both U18 2017 Provincial and 2016 Alberta Summer Games Beach Volleyball, Head Coach Mitch Schneider is delighted that Chad has chosen to join the Wolves, saying that he has been a strong attacker throughout his high school and club career, I’m excited to see what skills he will bring to the team. Chad who is pursuing studies in the Kinesiology (Science) Program looks forward to playing volleyball at a higher level, close to home, with a great group of guys.

Welcome to the pack, Andrew and Chad!

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Mariah Kyllo and Danja Fredrickson to the Women’s Soccer program.

Mariah Kyllo joins the pack for the 2018/19 season.

Mariah, who captained Team Alberta at the 2017 North American Indigenous games in Toronto is a skillful and strong player. According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Mariah has a booming shot and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because of the soccer program and its coaching staff, and looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and reuniting with old friends and teammates.

Welcome to the pack, Danja!

Hailing from Surrey, BC, Danja wanted to play soccer through post-secondary, and playing with the Wolves is a great opportunity to compete at a higher level.

She chose GPRC because of the Kinesiology program and looks forward to meeting and playing with new team mates.

The four-time MVP for North Surrey Secondary School, and Guildford Athletic Club back-to-back District Champion, Danja has a great skill set and a good attitude to the game, according to Head Coach Chris Morgan.

He believes that her new surroundings will allow her to flourish as a player.

Welcome to the pack, ladies!