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.
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

A New Wolf

A New Wolf

GPRC is pleased to welcome Steve Sir to the Sport Camp Program as guest coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 18-20.

Steve has a ton of experience and love for the game of basketball.

Check it out:

Two Provincial Championships with Ross Sheppard High School (1999, 2000)

MVP U17 Canadian National Championships. National Championship winner with Team Alberta (1999).

Set the tournament final scoring record with 47 points vs BC

Las Vegas Big Time AAU Tournament highest scoring average (33.3 points per game)

Minnesota single season 3 point State record holder (156 3’s)

Mountain West All-Freshman Team at San Diego State University

Big Sky All-Conference at Northern Arizona University

Lead the NCAA in 3 point field goal % (48.9%) 2004-2005

Lead the NCAA in 3 pointers made per game (4.1 per game) 2005-2006

NCAA All-Time leader in 3 point field goal % (46.8%)

10 year professional career in Europe and Latin America (Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Mexico)

Member of Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League roster 2016

FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Silver 2017

GPRC caught up with Steve and got him to answer a few questions, check it out:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background? Where are you from?
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Edmonton when I was 5. I grew up in Edmonton before spending my last year of high school back in the Twin Cities and then heading to San Diego State University and Northern Arizona University.

2. What experience are you bringing to the future GPRC Wolves in these summer camps? What are you most excited about? 
My experiences at home in Edmonton, playing Division 1 basketball in the States and playing professionally has taught me a great deal about myself, basketball and how the game extends so much further than just the court. It brings people together, it teaches self discipline, finding ways to work with others and forces you to step outside of yourself for the betterment of the team and the experience.

How I would like to pass these experiences along to the campers would be that regardless of where I have been, elite players and genuine people have very similar characteristics no matter where they come from. They are consistent workers and diligent in their daily attention to details. A bad game or not making a team did not cause them to make excuses or feel sorry for themselves. It caused them to look inward, regroup and continue to find ways to improve. It may sound cliche but in a game where certain things are unfortunately out of your control, your effort, attitude and work ethic are aspects you can always have control over. You get out what you put in and that is not just on the basketball court.

3. What makes you passionate about your sport?
That is a difficult question to answer but I will give it a try. I was raised in a basketball family. My first word was ball and I have played basketball since I was 5. Outside of my two daughters being born, basketball has provided me my most exciting experiences while in the same breath, my most frustrating experiences as well. Basketball is not always kind and the game is rarely ever fair but what it teaches you is if you are are fortunate enough to play this wonderful sport, it is up to you to not to cheat the game. Basketball owes it’s players nothing. You give your absolute best effort because that is what the game requires and that is what you owe to basketball. This is not an easy lesson to learn but ultimately, passion for the game is what carries you through it and it is an aspect about the game I love.

4. What drives you to be a better athlete?
My Dad told me a story when I was teenager of a reunion he went to with his college basketball teammates. He said that to a man, every one of his teammates when asked to reflect on their college career said ‘I wish I would have just worked harder’. Ever since hearing that story, it has stuck with me.

Since hearing that story, I did not want that regret when basketball ended for me. We can make excuses for not getting the results we want but eventually, it turns inward and comes down to your effort.

There are many things I love about basketball but in the end, I love to compete. The opportunity to put all of your hard work and effort out there on the court is a special feeling. In order to do that to the best of my ability, I have always focused on being as prepared as possible. The chance to compete and the preparation required to compete at your very best continues to drive me.

5. Why do you think kids camps are important?
Some of my best memories with basketball are attending the basketball camps I went to growing up. The Golden Bears Camps at the University of Alberta were very special experiences. I made new friends, learned to compete at a higher level against older, better players, learned what it meant to be pushed outside of what I was used to and most importantly, playing basketball in the summer is really tough to beat.

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 excited to have Steve in Wolves Country! Welcome to the Pack!

For more Sport Camp information and registration, please visit gprc.me/summercamp

O’Hallahan back in O’Canada

O’Hallahan back in O’Canada

GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Alumna, Kelly O’Hallahan joins the Sport Camp Program as assistant coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 18-20.

O’Hallahan who is currently playing professional basketball in Ireland, has made her mark on the Irish basketball scene by winning the 2017 Basketball Ireland Player of the Year. Her significant contribution led her team, the Marble City Hawks, to win the Ireland Division 1 National League Championship this season.

During her Wolves career, O’Hallahan achieved much success, and in her 2013/14 season was the only player to be featured in the top 10 of 5 major statistical categories, confirming her athletic talent and versatility. As a multiple Athlete of the Week nominee, and 2013 GPRC Wolves Female Athlete of the Year, O’Hallahan was also a two-time ACAC All-Conference Player, and CCAA All Canadian.

Always an asset to our program, we are pleased to have Kelly back on home turf. Welcome back to the Pack!

For more Sport Camp information and registration, please visit gprc.me/summercamp