It is the beginning of a new year at Grande Prairie Regional College. If you are a new student or a returning student, the anxieties of the year are just beginning.
Whether you are in the trades, upgrading, or any other course in the college: make friends, try something new, challenge yourself! There are also many clubs, events, and programs with which you can become involved.
The French Club has events such as Crêpe day, as well as a room to relax and learn to speak French. There are many others that will to appeal to many. However, if you cannot find your right fit at the Student’s Association, feel free to start your own club. The information for this can also be found at the Students’ Association.
We all need to remember to enjoy college life! Fun can be found in most places here. An open mind, and a relaxed view can make even stressful, boring classes fun. Don’t forget to relax!
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, 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.”
“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
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.
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.
A multi-sport athlete, Kelly was selected as a 2018 Edmonton Metro League All-Star with the Bellerose Bulldogs, as well as the Cross-Country Coaches Choice Award. Head Coach Mandy Botham says that Kelly is an extremely versatile athlete who can play and defend multiple positions. She’s a scoring threat from in and outside the key, and I’m excited to have her join our team. She is going to be an impact player for us.
Kelly chose GPRC because the community aspect looked to be a perfect for her. She is excited to play at the college level and can’t wait to work out with the team.
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.
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.