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.
Welcome to the pack, Kelly!

Welcome to the pack, Kelly!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Kelly Reid to the Women’s Basketball program.

Welcome to the pack, Kelly.

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.

Welcome to the pack, Kelly.

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!

GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

GPRC Wolves teach GPRC Summer Camps!

Fresh off the 2017-18 season where Wolves Athletics and GPRC hosted a very successful CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, we are so pleased that Megan Koch and McKenna Wolstenholme of the Women’s Volleyball team have committed to coaching Wolves Sports Camps this summer. We caught up with the women and asked them few questions.

Megan, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program wrapped up a very successful season winning the 2017-18 Wolves Athletics Female Athlete of the Year Award for her efforts, which include her selection to the ACAC Women’s North All-Conference Team, and CCAA Second Team All-Star nomination. Further to her athletic achievements Megan was also honoured as a CCAA Academic All Canadian.

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I am entering the Teacher Education North Program in the fall and plan on becoming an elementary teacher after I graduate.

Why do you think kids camps are important?

–          Growing up I attended every camp that applied to my sport. I believe every opportunity you can take to better your skills will help develop you in the long run. Camps are a great way to stay active during the summer and make new friends and memories as well!

As the hardest worker on and off the court who enthusiastically supports the team and exhibits a winning attitude, McKenna, The Gary Kostiuk Memorial Volleyball Award recipient is no stranger to the Sport Camp landscape, having coached a number of camps last year.

According to Mackie Scholtes, Sport Camp Coordinator “McKenna is a great coach and the kids absolutely love her. She really gets them active through fun activities to help with their fundamental movement skills”

What program of study are you in, and what is your goal after graduation?

–          I just completed my second year and I am currently in Bachelor of Education. I am also eager to be accepted into the TEN program this following year to complete my full degree at GPRC. After graduation, I am planning to be a kindergarten to grade three teacher.

Why do you think kid’s camps are important?

–          To me they are important for kids to get out into their community and meet new friends while learning new games and activities. Kids camps are a fun environment where kids of all skill levels and ages can come together to enjoy being healthy and active.

 

What makes you passionate about your sport?

–          I am passionate about the sport of volleyball because I have always played sports and I enjoy the friendships made, the energy and hard work it takes to accomplish a skill. My passion for sports and coaching is recognized by my enthusiasm and work ethic to continue to develop our sport program at all levels at GPRC.

 

What was the highlight of your college playing career so far?

–          The highlight of my first two years would definitely be nationals! In my first year, we got the opportunity to travel to Victoria, BC to compete. In my second year, GPRC hosted nationals. This was unreal getting to play in front of all our family, friends, and classmates on home court.

 

Both women are instructing the multi-sport-climbing combination camp, and volleyball camp.

The Multi-sport-climbing combination camp is open for kids aged 7 – 9 and 10 – 14 years of age and combines a half day of Rock Climbing with a half day of Multi – sports. Half the day will be spent in the climbing gym, while the other half will be spent exploring a multitude of other sports. Each day will have a different focus, with sport specific skills, and game – play situations, making for an exciting learning environment. Basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton are just some of the sports you will play!

The Volleyball Camp is open to kids 9 – 14 years of age and is designed to teach fundamental skills through progressive drills, skill – based games and modified scrimmages in a fun camp atmosphere. Sportsmanship and a love of the game are key themes in all of our sports camps.

Learn more about our camps at gprc.me/summercamps