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!
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.
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.
Another highly anticipated season of ACACsoccer 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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.
Steve Sirto Lead Guest Coach Line Up at 2018 Elite Basketball Camp
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.”
We are so pleased that Steve is joining us again this year says Mandy Botham, GPRC Wolves Women’s BasketballHead 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.
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.
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.
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.