GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

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.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

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 bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

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.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.

 

 

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.
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

In Time

In Time

Winter. A season that is solely known when tiny transparent ice crystals in clouds stick together to become snowflakes. As winter is coming to an end, so are my days as a first-year college student. I painstakingly waited for the day when I would finish my final exams and end those sleepless nights of studying until my mind could no longer operate.

Summer. A season that reawakens the sleeping flowers from its deep slumber with the glory of the sun. The sheer thought that summer is just around the corner, gave me a sense of warmth and relaxation that eased my mind from my current situation. As I patiently await the moment where I would embrace the summer with open arms, an emotion that I have silently held and hid at the tiny corner of my heart is slowly re-emerging, warning me that the time is about to come.

Sadness. Sad about friends who are leaving. Sad about leaving these memories behind. Sad about short summers and wishing that time would be longer. The memories I have created in my first year are as vivid as if it occurred just yesterday, cherishing these fragmented images that our brain possess at the back of our mind. There will always be a first for everything, but as time goes by, these ‘firsts’ will slowly fade away and become strangers to us. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why I am feeling this sadness. The unwillingness to let go and the uncertainty of the future.

However, we as individuals shouldn’t delve in the past and force ourselves to live in limbo but face the future with our determined mind. Why should we live in fear and clutch and suffocate these memories? Why should we be afraid of the obscurity of the future? Maybe one of the answers to this enigma is that it is in our nature as humans that we are afraid of the unknown.

If I had to highlight a weakness about myself it would be that I focus too much on the past, blind to the present, and am afraid of the future. Time. Memories. This is what my life revolves around. Time that reflects my biological clock and when I will take my last breath, and memories that are broken down into the past and present. It could be in time, I could let go of my tight hold on these images and slowly let it breath. Bit by bit, allowing it to be a recollection of images in our mind that are no longer familiar to us.

Nonetheless, this does not make us lost in this world. Because in time, we would create new memories and certain memories would remain with us until we find the tranquility in our life.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Chelsea Doucet.