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 Back to the Pack!

Welcome Back to the Pack!

Former GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Dave Waknuk joins the Sport Camp Program as lead coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 18-20.

Waknuk, the Associate Head Coach with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns has thirteen years of post-secondary coaching experience working with athletes at the College, University, Provincial and National level.

Waknuk was awarded the ACAC Coach of the Year in 2011, coaching the GPRC Wolves to an ACAC championships in the same year.

Currently, Waknuk is the Head Coach of the Team Alberta U17 Team, that will compete at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, MB. Welcome back to the pack, Dave!

Always an asset to our program, we are pleased to have Dave back on home turf.

Welcome back to the Pack!

Learn more about GPRC Wolves Summer Camps.

From the Classroom to the Workforce

From the Classroom to the Workforce

GPRC Continuing Education would like to welcome recent GPRC Alumni, Jared Matlock to their team!

Check out Jared’s story and what he’s most looking forward to during this summer position at the college!

My name is Jared Matlock and I am honoured I was asked to write this for the Ambassador Blog.

I grew up on a small farm just north of DeBolt, Alberta. I attribute my easy going attitude to the country style upbringing I was lucky enough to experience.

I graduated from Ridgevalley School with eight other graduates. So as you can see, I come from humble places. I decided to proceed straight into college after high school. However, I ended up spending a few weeks in hospital at the end of August and into September. This stay forced me to postpone my college career until the next fall. I had started a small kayak rental business the summer of 2014 and I knew that I enjoyed being an entrepreneur but that I needed some additional education in certain areas.

In the fall of 2015, my college experience officially started. I enrolled in the Business Administration Program at GPRC and from then on I knew I belonged in business.

After my first year was complete, I noticed I gravitated towards marketing and so I decided to attend GPRC once again and earn a Business Administration Marketing Diploma.

Throughout this past year that is exactly what I have done. This past year has taught me extremely vital skills in marketing, and allowed those skills to become second nature to me. One of the most intriguing classes this year was BA 2010 – Advertising and Sales Promotion. This class was taught by Charles Backman, and in the first week of classes, he introduced one major project for the class. It was to develop and present a marketing communications plan for a hypothetical business conference.

Right away I was interested and then Charles mentioned GPRC Continuing Education (CE) would be potentially hiring two summer students at the end of the semester to continue to market CE and its many summer programs.

This statement intrigued me even more and from then on I focused much of my time brainstorming and preparing for the final presentation.

The final presentation came and went and overall our group felt very confident. I also felt fairly confident that I may be a contender for the available summer student, Marketing Assistant position. This confidence helped me secure the job and I started May 1st, 2017.

This first week or so has been a bit overwhelming but also eye-opening for myself. I am learning a great deal about time management and I am getting to think outside of the box which I love doing. I will be marketing Continuing Educations many programs including H2S Alive, Confined Space courses, and kid’s summer camps. I am excited to bring in my previous knowledge with videography and film editing to the table as well.

Being hired straight out of a college class has really given me the confidence to continue to achieve whatever I set my mind to and also let other students know of the incredible opportunities GPRC has to offer. I am extremely excited for this opportunity and GPRC continues to impress me with its opportunities for students and its involvement with the community of Grande Prairie.