Alex Dawson, Swimming
- Under Alex’s guidance, the Piranhas Swim Club has risen to 11th in Alberta overall and the top under 11 year old team in Northern Alberta and boasts 400 swimmers.
- Coached Catherine Minic, who set a new 200m Butterfly Provincial record at the Ontario Junior International
- Canadian Junior Championships she earned 2 Gold medals, and 3 Bronze medals. She was selected for “Swim Canada’s National Development Summer ID Team”
- Alberta Summer Championships, she received 4 gold medals in 100m & 200m Butterfly and
200m & 400m Individual Medley.
- Coached Jordan Greber who achieved five gold medals for zone 8 at the Alberta Summer Games. She was Alberta Summer Championship
200m Backstroke & 400m Individual Medley 12&under champion.
Alison Lario, Track and Field
Alison Lario has been coaching basketball, badminton, volleyball and track and field in the Peace Country for the past 15 years. As an NCCP certified coach in all of the mentioned sports, Ali brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to every team she coaches. She has taken a program that began with 8 athletes and developed it to a program of over 40.
- 2018 Coached Keyana Anderson to a Senior Gold Discus Medal at ASAA Provincials.
- 2018 Coached Vanessa Spenner to a Intermediate Bronze Discus Medal at ASAA Provincials
Bill Mahood, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu
Bill Mahood has been a lifelong Martial Artist, starting with a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jujitsu.
- April, 2018 (Lethbridge) – assisted with the technical organization of the event, also, Coached and cornered Team Alberta at the Canadian National Championships
- June, 2018 (Edmonton) Coached competitors at Mind Body Soul Western Canadian Championships
resulting in 7 competitors winning 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze – the best showing of all participating schools.
- November, 2018 (Manama, Bahrain) Canadian National Team Coach at the IMMAF – WMMAA Unified
World Championships. Coached Canadian Jett Grande to the Junior Welterweight World Championship.
- December, 2018 (Sun City, South Africa) – Coached Alexander Martinez to a win in his international
professional debut, and 5th straight win.
Corey Howrish, Football
Corey “Bubba” Howrish has been involved in the Sexsmith Shamrocks football program for 15 years. 2 years starting as a player, where he went onto coaching special teams, and eventually working his way up to Head Coach in 2015. Corey takes pride in making the team not just a group of individuals, but a family, while shaping the youth of the program into better people of tomorrow
- 2 Horner cups in a 3 year span. Summer games O&D line coach
Drew Rogers, Snowboarding
Drew Rogers has been helping develop the skills of snowboarders in Grande Prairie through the Nitehawk Snowboard Club. This is his 6th season with them. He is a passionate coach who emphasizes inclusion for all levels of snowboarding. He is continually taking Sport development courses to make sure he is at the top of his game. Drew aspires to grow the sport not only in GP but the entire Northwest.
- 2018 Coach of the year, Northwest Ab Sport Excellence Awards
- Alberta Winter Games 2018 head coach
- Arctic Winter Games 2018 head coach
- NCCP Certified
- Air one Certified
Jocelyn McConnel, Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling
Jocelyn is a Level 2 coach in both the recreational Gymnastics program and the competitive Trampoline and Tumbling program. Being an elite athlete herself, she can often relate to the athletes who may be struggling to complete some skills and her willingness and ability to provide support and guidance is amazing. She has a fantastic eye for corrections and great communication with her athletes. She is a great role model as an elite athlete in the GP Gymnastics club for the younger athletes, and always ensures to make time for them
- Jocelyn is a national athlete in double mini trampoline.
- Jocelyn is a provincial level athlete in Trampoline and Tumbling
Jocelyn has coached many successful athletes
Ron Thomson, Volleyball
30 years of elite coaching experience between the University, Collegiate, National Team, Club, and Provincial Team levels, Ron has been coaching and working with athletes of all ages in the sport of Volleyball. Ron’s passion and dedication to the game of volleyball combined with his intensity and competitive spirit have produced many amazing teams and athletes over the years. He continually influences and mentors other coaches with his refined leadership skills, promoting excellence in coaching and athletic development.
- GPRC Wolves U16 Girls Volleyball Division 1 Provincial Gold
- GPRC Wolves U16 Girls Volleyball Division 1 Volleyball Canada Nationals. 5th place
- 2018 Mikasa Achievement Award Winner, Volleyball Alberta
- 2018 Coach of the Year, Volleyball Alberta
- NCCP level III Certified – Volleyball
- NCCP Level 4 – partial
- NCCP Technical Course Conductor – Volleyball Level I, II, III
Anthony Wall, Football
Anthony Wall is the head coach of the Grande Prairie Broncos Bantam organization, and assistant coach for the St. Joseph Celtics football program. He has coached for the last 20 years, where he started in BC with the Ballenas High School Whalers on Vancouver Island. Anthony has also spent 3 years coaching with the Grande Prairie Peewee Football League with the Blue Colts. He is married to Shauna, and has two children – Angelina and Ethan who also plays with the GP Broncos.
- 2018 Horner Cup Champions
- 2018 Tier III Football Alberta Bantam Provincial Champions
- 2018 Tier II ASAA High School Football Bronze Medallist
Chris Levesque, Hockey
Chris is a dynamic, motivated, and personable goaltending coach with the ability to turn vision into reality He has extensive experience in both sport and business, and has a desire to see athletes achieve their goals Chris began his hockey career at very young age and has been passionately coaching and developing goalies for over 20 years Chris has had the chance to work with top tier coaches and athletes He is continually searching to learn and study the game at all levels, and has the desire to pass on the newest methods, techniques, and drills to his students.
- Junior B Goalie Coach – 2018
- Goalie Conditioning coach for multiple teams and leagues
Eva O’Handley, Trampoline and Tumbling
Eva has two children in competitive sport at Grande Prairie Gymnastics One is in women’s artistic and the other is in trampoline & tumbling Her other son coaches at the club as well Eva fell into coaching when learning about the sport through her children being involved from a very young age. She has been coaching for four years and has worked as a supervisor for the recreational program, in the developmental competitive women’s artistic program, as well as in the competitive trampoline & tumbling program. Her willingness to learn and excitement for sport is an asset to our club.
- Attended a trampoline judging course in 2018
- Worked with developmental athletes at their first competitions ever in winter 2018 and fall 2018
Joel Mueller, Basketball
Joel Mueller relocated with his family to Grande Prairie 7 years ago from Vanderhoof. Their loss was Grande Prairie’s gain as he went straight to developing community basketball in Grande Prairie/Sexsmith. He assisted at GPRC with the Women’s team,
having previously won ACAC North Coach of the Year for GPRC as a head coach in 2002/2003. As a teacher at RW Zahara in Sexsmith, he provided a positive and affordable after school program for youth that focused on basketball. He coached the Gr 7- 9 girls at Sexsmith Secondary and also coached with the Peace Country Thunder club.
- Coached numerous players who have went on to play at the post-secondary level
- Positive male role model that put an emphasis on developing ability.
Karli Munro, Basketball
Karli Munro grew up playing basketball in Armstrong, BC and went on to play a season in Switzerland while in university to become a teacher. She moved to Grande Prairie in 2014 to start her first teaching job at Charles Spencer High School. Her keen interest in coaching and love for the game landed her a teaching contract and the job of head coach of the senior girls’ basketball team! While exciting, it was a brand-new school, she had to develop her program from nothing and be able to compete at a 4A level! In her 5 seasons as head coach, her teams have achieved many titles, and several have gone on to play college level basketball. Her dedication to the development of athletes of all ages and levels, as both players and people is why she deserves to be recognized as Developmental Coach of the Year.
- City League Champs 2017/18 seasons
- Peace Region All Stars Game Coach, 2018
- Beaverlodge Tournament Champs 2018
Maren Roberts, Multi-Sport
NCCP certified coach
– 5 years collegiate basketball player (SFU)
– 2 time national championships (Team)
– Canada Summer games participant -Team BC
– mulit sport athlete at provincial level
– BC Basketball Hall of Fame – Team SFU
– involved in all aspects of community sports
- BC Girls Softball Provincials – various years
- BC Girls Hockey & Ringette Provincials – various years
Shane Zeyha, Volleyball
When St. John Paul II – Faculte Jean-Paul II Catholic School began planning for our Athletic season, Shane was eager to make an impact on our Volleyball program. Shane took time to share his philosophy of coaching, development, and his vision for what the volleyball program could look like at St. John Paul II. Shane’s dedication to the program and his willingness to volunteer his time for the betterment of the athletes on the girls Volleyball team is a contributing factor as to why our inaugural season was so successful!
- 3rd Place in NWASAA 3J Volleyball Zones
- 2nd Place in Spirit River Academy Junior Volleyball Tournament
- 2nd Place in Grande Prairie City Volleyball League
Dani Downey, Rugby
Dani Downey was born and raised in Grande Prairie but has made a big name for herself throughout the country playing rugby with 5-time National Champs St F X X-Women in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. With only being exposed to the game for 2.5 years, Dani’s growing list of rugby accolades speaks volumes for her future in the sport.
- Atlantic University Sport 2017/2018 – All Star Team, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- Atlantic University Sport (USport) 2017-2018 – Conference Champions, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (Final Score 58-21)
- Atlantic University Sport Final Scoring Leader 2017/2018 – 116 points (1st Place), Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- Atlantic University Sport Record Book 2017/2018 – Most Points Scored – Individual in a Regular Season – 116 points (4th Place)
- Atlantic University Sport (USport) Rookie of the Year 2017/2018, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- USport 2018 Rookie of the Year Nominee – Richmond Hill, Ontario USport National Championship 2017/2018 Finalist – 3rd Place, Lethbridge, Alberta (Final Score 39-12)
Elizabeth Gustafson, Pistol Shooting
Elizabeth excels at her sport with long years of practice. She is relentless in pursuit of her goal to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. That goal is getting closer with her representing Canada at major Games and the quadrennial World Championships. Elizabeth is an active coach at the Wapiti Shooters Club; coaching weekly. She is passing on her passion for the sport, her high safety standards and her determination to excel.
- May 2018 – Cookstown, ON – High Performance Team Trial – 2nd
- July 2018 – Cookstown, ON – Canadian National Pistol Championships
- National Champion September 2018 – Changwon, Korea –
- World Championships – Team Canada
- November 2018 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Championships of the Americas – Team Canada
Kaitlyn O’Handley, Gymnastics
Kaitlyn is a 12 year old gymnast who has been in the gym since the age of 2. She is dedicated to the sport and extremely determined. Kaitlyn rarely misses practice and often has to be convinced to stay home when she is sick. Her favorite event is bars and her favorite skill is her bars dismount which consists of a front salto with a half twist. Kaitlyn loves training and does not turn down the opportunity to come in for extra practice.
- Provincial Championships, 2018 Red Deer J07 1st place
- Alberta Winter Games, 2018, J07 Beam 2nd place
- Northern Zones, 2018, J07 3rd Place
- Gym Power, 2018, Edmonton, J07, 2nd place
- Strathcona Gym Challenge, Edmonton, J07, 2nd place
Michelle Grisales, Judo
In 2018 Michelle won the Canadian National Championships and was chosen by Judo Alberta as U16 Female Athlete of the year at the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame. She also qualified to represent Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games.
- Feb 11/2018- Judo provincial tournament, Gold Medal
- Feb 17/2018-Alberta Winter Games – Silver Medal
- March 11/2018-Edmonton International-Gold Medal
- April 1/2018- London, England Sportfit International-Placed 9 with 27 competitors
- May 19/ 2018 -Nationals in Calgary -Gold Medal
- Oct 13/2018-Canadian Winter Games Fight offs-Gold medal and classified for the Team Alberta
- October 21/2018- Saskatchewan Open- 2 gold Medals- Won in Seniors division and U18 division
- Nov 10/ 2018- Ontario Open in Toronto- Gold Medal
- Nov 17/ 2018- Won U16 Female Athlete of the year Judo at the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame
Rylan Bond, Trampoline and Tumbling
Rylan has been training at Grande Prairie Gymnastics since the age of 8. A major highlight of his sport career so far has been competing for Alberta’s Team Excel in Dallas, Texas.
Alberta 2nd Cup, March, 2018, Lethbridge AB. 1st place Level 4 double-mini, 5th place Level 5 15U tumbling
- Alberta 3rd Cup, April, 2018, Grande Prairie AB. 1st place Level 4 double-mini, 6th place Level 5 15U tumbling
Canada Cup, April 2018, Montreal QC. 6th place Level 5 15U tumbling
- Provincial Championships, May 2018, Calgary AB. 6th place Level 4 double-mini, 6th place Level 5 15U tumbling, 5th place tumbling team final
- Canadian Championships, July 2018, Lethbridge AB. 2nd place Level 5 15U tumbling
- Alberta Excel Team trial, December 2018, Red deer AB. 3rd place Level 5 15U tumbling
Tyler Funk, Volleyball
Tyler demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship and athleticism at the highest level. He has signed to play with the University of Calgary Dinos this fall.
- May, 2018 Selected Player of the Wave at U17 Volleyball Nationals
- Selected to Team Alberta U17 Volleyball team, trained in Calgary and competed at National Team Challenge Cup in July.
- GPRC Super Red Volleyball Tournament , Team Captain of PWA Titans who were tournament champions and Tyler was awarded MVP
- Led Peace Wapiti Academy to a second consecutive zone championship and a silver medal at 3A Provincial Championships (best ever finish).
Tyler was invited to and participated in both the GPRC High School All Star Game and the University of Alberta Golden Bears High School All Star game with 24 of the top players in Alberta
Catherine Minic, Swimming
Catherine has been a member of the Piranhas Swim Club for over 5 years and has worked her way through the various different squads in her time. Now at the pinnacle of the program Catherine dedicates 20+ hours per week in and out the pool to a sport she loves and wishes to excel in and is an inspiration to every other swimmer in the local aquatic community.
- Set a new 14yrs & 15yrs 200m Butterfly Provincial record at the Ontario Junior International Swim Meet December 15th 2018.
- Canadian Junior Championships July 25th – 29th 2018 Competed in the 13/14yrs olds category 2 Gold 100m & 200m Butterfly, 2 Bronze 200m & 400m Ind.Medley 1 Bronze 1.5km Open Water.
- Selected to “Swim Canada’s National Development Summer ID Team” for her gold medal winning performances at last July’s Canadian Junior Championship. She has been recognized as an future athlete with potential to perform at higher levels of
competition for Canada as only one of of 38 girls across the country, born between 2002 & 2005.
- Alberta Summer Championships June 28th to July 1st 4 gold 100m & 200m Butterfly 200m & 400m Ind.Medley
Ella Kuhn, Snowboarding
Ella Kuhn is 14 years old and is a talented all-round athlete and musician. Her passion of snowboarding has lead her to compete in both the 2018 Alberta Winter Games and the Arctic Winter Games winning a total of 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and the overall athlete award. She made the Canada Winter Games placing as an alternate on Team Alberta. Her goal is the 2020 Winter Olympics to compete in Snowboard Cross. In school she won multiple awards and plays volleyball, basketball and badminton. She also plays acoustic guitar and drums. Ella is very determined and her positive attitude sets for an excellent role model for others.
- Alberta Winter Games *Gold-Banked Slalom * Gold-Slopestyle
- Arctic Winter Games *Gold-Rail Jam *Gold-Boarder Cross *Silver-Banked Slalom *Silver-Big Air
- Gold Overall Athlete Award Canada Winter Games Qualifiers-Dryland and On Snow.
- Made Alternate for the Alberta Snowboard Team.
- In school -volleyball -basketball -badminton She won the -Robert Adams Memorial Trophy for All-Round Participation and Whole-Hearted Participation -the Hythe Regional Panther Pride Award
Faith Blanchette, Track and Field/XC Running
Faith Blanchette burst onto the provincial track and xc running scene in 2018. In her first year as a competitive runner, she won a gold medal at high school provincials and a silver medal at the Alberta Summer Games in her favourite event, the 3000m. Faith is
currently training very hard and is focused on taking the next step from a provincially competitive runner to a nationally competitive runner.
- Top Female Individual Point Scorer (53) at 2018 ASAA High School Track and Field Championships in Red Deer, June 2018
- Gold medal (3000m – 10:59.93) and Bronze Medal (1500m – 5:06.28) at High School provincials. Also 6th place in the 800m and 5th place in the 400m.
- Four Gold medals at the 2018 NW Zone Track Championships in May in Grande Prairie. Set a new Zone record in the 3000m (11:24)
- Silver Medalist at Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie in the 3000m (11:00.61) in July. (Note: Gold medalist was a Canadian Age Group Record holder)
- 3rd place at ACAC Grand Prix #3 XC Running race in Grande Prairie behind two former university stars – finished ahead of all of the current ACAC varsity women
NW Zone XC Running Champion in October in Grande Prairie
- Silver Medalist at ASAA High School XC Running Championship in Vermilion in October
Jordan Greber, Swimming
Jordan Greber joined the Piranhas swim club in 2015 after a successful summer club career. Under the Piranhas coaching staffs guidance Jordan continues to improve her swim skills as she wishes to attain National qualification this year. Each season Jordan set very high standards of achievement and then goes and strives to deliver that on a daily basis. Jordan is a hard working and focused individual who loves to swim.
- Achieved five gold medals for zone 8 at the Alberta Summer Games for zone. 100m backstroke ,200m backstroke, 200m ind.medley, 400m ind.medley, 400m freestlye
- Alberta Summer Championship June 28th to July 1st 200m Backstroke & 400m Ind.Medley 12&under champion
Keyana Anderson, Track and Field
Keyana was born and raised in the Sexsmith area At an early age her passion for certain sports became very evident She figured
skated in Sexsmith and Grande Prairie for six years From there she directed her passion to volleyball At age 15 she was chosen for Volleyball Alberta’s U16 team, which trained in Edmonton and travelled to Richmond, BC, for a Canadian Tournament During her high school year she developed a strong passion for discus, as sport she is looking to pursue in the NCAA. Keyana led a social Justice club and won a “Leaders of Tomorrow Award”
- ASAA Provincial Track & Field, in Red Deer, June 1 &2, 2018 Gold Medal Winner in Senior Women’s Discus – 35.25m
- NWASAA Zone Record Holder: Intermediate Women’s Discus – 33.39m
- NWASAA Zone Record Holder: Senior Women’s Discus – 33.69m
- Personal Best Thrown in Competition – 35.80m
- Female Athlete of the Year 2017/2018 (grade 12) at Sexsmith Secondary School
Paige Budgell, Hockey, Kayaking
Paige shows up everyday and works hard. Her dedication as an athlete to improve is one of her best qualities. As an athlete she
excels as a team player, works hard every moment she is on the field, the water or the ice.
- March 2018 – Won provincial bronze medal with the Bantam Elite AA Female Hockey team
- April 2018 – Won Rookie of the Year award for the Bantam Elite AA Storm Hockey team
- June 2018 – Captain of the Junior High School soccer team that won the league
- July 2018 – Won 4 medals (2 gold , 1 silver, 1 bronze) at the Alberta Summer Games in Kayaking/Canoe Polo
Carter Kettyle, Football, Multi-sport
Carter loves football, hockey, basketball and golf. When Carter is not playing, you can find him Junior coaching Pee Wee Football or on the ice mentoring two young goalies
- Tier III “A” Banner win, Grande Prairie 2018
- Gold Medal St.Kateri Grade 8 Basketball, January 2018
- 2 X Celtic Academy Athlete of the month, 2018
- Kateri Male Athlete of the Year, 2018
- Selected Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games Football team (3 touchdowns) August 2018, Grande Prairie AB
- Game Ball September 8th, 2018 Grande Prairie AB
- Game Ball November 10th, 2018 Bonnyville AB (4 touchdowns including game winning catch in final seconds) 21 total touchdowns (11 regular season, 3 league playoffs, 7 provincials) Sept-Nov 2018
- Team MVP Grande Prairie Broncos, December 2018, Grande Prairie AB
Draven Novosol, Trampoline and Tumbling
Draven has been training at GP Gymnastics for 5 years. He is currently performing a two and a half twisting front flip in one of his routines which is a relatively rare skill.
- Alberta 1st Cup 2018, Red Deer – 1st place Level 2 double-mini, 3rd place Level 2 trampoline, 2nd place Level 1 tumbling
- Alberta 2nd Cup 2018, Lethbridge – 2nd place Level 2 double-mini
- Alberta 3rd Cup 2018, Grande Prairie – 3rd place Level 3 double mini, 2nd place Level 2 trampoline, 2nd place Level 2 tumbling
- Provincial Championships 2018, Calgary – 8th place Level 3 double mini, 2nd place Level 2 trampoline, 3rd place Level 2 tumbling
- Western Canada Cup 2018, Regina SK. 7th place Level 3 double mini, 2nd place Level 2 trampoline, 5th place Level 2 tumbling
Elijah Pollard, Bouldering
Elijah belongs to the GPRC Climbing Gym’s program and has accomplished more levels in the program than any other member. He is prepping for his run at the National Bouldering Comp in Montreal.
- 1st at the provincial bouldering compeition January 27, 2018, at Rock Jungle in Edmonton.
- 1st overall in the province, January 27, 2018.
- 2nd at the U of A comp on December 8, 2017.
- 1st at the Boulder comp in Calgary in November, 2017.
- 1st at the Cranbrook comp in October, 2017 (Cranbrook is part of the Albert Climbing Association). Note that the bouldering season spans the 5 months — the last 3 months of one year and the first 2 of the next. Elijah’s wins in 2017 culminated in his provincial win in 2018.
Linden Rakestraw, Snowboarding, Football
Linden competes in snowboarding, football, basketball, volleyball and cross country running. He has been team captain of his Norseman Bantam football team for the past 2 seasons. He has won the coaches award for MVP and Heart award 2 seasons with Bantam Football.
- Snowboarding – Jan. Dual AWG & Arctic Games trials: Gold slope style event, Gold boardercross event
- Feb, 2018 Alberta Winter Games: 4th place in Slope style U14, 9th place in boarder X
- March, 2018 Arctic Winter Games: Gold Slopestyle Rail Jam, Gold Big Air Gold Banked Slalom, Gold Overall Male Juvenile, Silver Boardercross
- March, 2018 S3 Rail Jam Gold 13-15 age group
- Football 2018 Alberta Summer Games zone 8 football team Receiver MVP, Norseman Bantam Football Coaches Heart award, Norseman Bantam Football
Broncos Bantam Football
The Grande Prairie Broncos is a Bantam Football community team that is comprised of grade 7-9 players from various schools within the city. The team is a co-ed team which includes 4 girls this year. The team and staff believe there is a spot for everyone and even though football is a competitive sport. the biggest goal is to have fun.
- 2018 PCBLF Horner Cup Winner
- 2018 Provincial Semi-final win
- 2018 Provincial Football Alberta Champions
Grande Prairie Gymniks Code Teal Junior
This past season was the first year this team competed in the Junior level 2 category. In this first year they did amazing at each of their four competitions earning them top three finishes, and two first place champion wins. They ended their season at the Sea to Sky International Cheerleading Championships where they took home the 1st place champion banner. This team came so far is such a short time, and truly work together to reach such great accomplishments.
- 2018 March, True North Cheerleading Championships- 1st place
- 2018 February, Battle of Champions – 3rd place
- 2018 April, Sea to Sky International Champions- 1st place
- 2018 January, Cold Snap Classic Competition – 5th place
GPRC Wolves Club U16 Girls, Volleyball
This team was diligent in following a process of trying to get better every day. Through a few ups and downs this group stuck together to push each other to improve each week. A great team wins together and loses together, but always sticks together. This group did a great job of sticking together. They competed at the National level in Division 1-tier-1 placing 5th out of 16 teams from across Canada.
- 2018 February, Division 1 Premier – Silver
- 2018 March, Division 1 Premier 2 – Silver
- 2018 April Division 1 Premier 3 – Silver
- 2018 May Division 1 Provincials – Gold
- 2018 May Division 1 Tier 1 Nationals – 5th
Sexsmith Secondary School Women’s Rugby Team
The Sexsmith Secondary School Women’s rugby team was established in 2015. In their first season in high school rugby league they placed 3rd and since then they have won 3 consecutive championships. They have also won a provincial sportsmanship award in 2017 as well as winning the consolation side of the tournament. They have steadily improved their program, placing fourth a provincials last season and look to challenge for a medal this year.
- 2018, ASAA Provincials – 4th
- 2018 Peace Country Rugby League Champs
- 2018 Tier 1 Notre Dame Cougar Classic – 3rd
Dave Bleile, Football
Dave is a retired teacher from the County of G.P., where he taught for the last 28 years at Sexsmith, Bezanson, and Wembley. He was District Sports Coordinator for over 20 years and was involved in both coaching and officiating a variety of sports, especially basketball and volleyball. Dave began officiating football in the mid 90’s and has now been involved for over 20 years.
- Achieved Level III Status with Canadian Football Official Assoc.
- Locally Officiated Peewee, Bantam, High School, As Well as G.P. Drillers and G.P. Northern Anarchy
- Has Officiated Levels II, III, IV, ASAA Provincial Play-Offs for the past 15 years
- Has Officiated in Alberta Summer Games 2000, 2008, 2010, 2018
- Helps conduct clinics for local Officials
George Stewart, Multi Sport
George has been involved as a participant, coach, official, and as member of the executive of various sports associations in the Northwest region of the province for over 45 years. His early beginnings as an official and coach were in hockey and baseball. He is a level II Volleyball Canada Official and has been refereeing for 30 years.
- 2017 – Northwest Alberta School Athletic Association (NWASAA) Award of Merit
- 1984 – Present – Jr & Sr Northwest Zone Championships in Volleyball, Basketball, Curling
- 1995 – 2012 NWASAA Volleyball Commissioner
- 1992 – 2001 ASAA Zone and Provincial Volleyball Official, Zone Rep, Provincial Vice President, Provincial President
- 2018 Alberta Summer Games Swimming and Volleyball Official
Samantha Campbell, Gymnastics
Samantha has been involved with Grande Prairie Gymnastics as a parent of recreational and competitive athletes for 13 years. She initially took the judging course to be able to understand what her kids were talking about and become more knowledgeable about the sport. One year later she is completely hooked, loves attending competitions, and enjoys understanding the sport and seeing how far our Grande Prairie athletes are advancing. She loves seeing the foundational skills that gymnastics develops for the athletes as well as the new community that judging has provided for her.
- Judging at 3rd Alberta Cup, Grande Prairie Alberta, April 6-8 2018
- Judging at Provincial Championships, Calgary Alberta, May 4-6 2018
2018 Alberta Summer Games Society
The Alberta Summer Games Society was founded in 2016 to put on the Games in 2018. It was a successful co-hosted event
between the City and County. Over 2000 participants spent 4 days in our region where they experienced a great event amidst all of the pouring rain! The Board and staff did a tremendous job putting on this hugely successful event for our region and we look forward to hosting future sporting events such as the Arctic Winter Games in 2022
2018 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship
The 2018 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championships presented by Morris Financial Group and
Manulife was an overwhelming success. This high calibre event featuring the best teams in Canada was a fantastic display of athleticism and competition. The success of the event was due to a cohesive organizing committee, a volunteer force of 200+, a world-class competition site, a community backed sponsorship program, and a superior social media and marketing program. Incredible support from our
community filling the venue to capacity every night and outstanding performances from the participating teams made for an electric atmosphere. It was very exciting and a whole lot of fun!
Darren Foley, 3D Charity Tournament
In 1999 Darren organized the first 3D Charity Tournament to raise funds to help a student that needed a heart transplant with travel expenses. The money raised helped them financially but also demonstrated to the family that they were not alone and that a community of support was behind them.
This inaugural event also highlighted similar circumstances with other students. Thus, the 3D Charity was born and has grown into a major local initiative that has raised close to 1 million dollars for seriously ill children in our region. For the past 2 decades, Darren has worked tirelessly and selflessly in this endeavor, never for a moment expecting any sort of return in the form of personal recognition or rewards; truly an unsung hero.
Dave Doyle and Geoff Metituk, 2018 Alberta Summer Games
Well known as Dave Doyle PMA Professor, he is an author, trainer, speaker and business owner in our community! Geoffrey is a recent graduate that spends most of his days fixing his car, he comes from a family that like to get involved (he was
the one in the dinosaur costume). The two of them took over the social media for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games getting people from across Alberta involved. They were always making videos and posts, hanging out with athletes, coaches, and spectators guaranteeing they had a great time. They were always the first ones there in the last ones to leave.
- 2018 Alberta Summer Games – 3 months leading up to the games they took time out of their day to shoot videos and attend trade shows
Esther Bylsmas, Soccer
Esther moved to Slave Lake 4 years ago and has been involved in minor soccer since she got here. She loves giving back and helping the kids realize their full potential. Esther goes above and beyond and holds 5 positions on our minor soccer board. She tries to make sure the kids have good coaches and they all have fun. She also has been the driving force behind 3 indoor soccer tournaments in Slave Lake with silent auctions. She makes sure all the money raised goes back to the kids in our community.
Jonathan Wrzosek, 2018 Alberta Summer Games
Jon was an integral part of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games not only as Director of Transportation but as an all-around support to other committees, staff, and community volunteers. He organized and implemented transportation both internally and externally for 2700 athletes and coaches during the Games. Jon consistently went above and beyond in order to make the Games a success. He volunteered countless hours and personal time, including working 12-14 hours/day during the event. He showed exceptional perseverance and ability to deal with extenuating circumstances and changes. Jon also managed to obtain fuel and bus donations for the Games – bringing his committee in under budget and saving the Games money! His dedication to sport, community and the Games make him an ideal candidate for the Unsung Hero award.
Karrilyn Robideau, Hockey
Karrilyn Robideau manages the bantam novice house 1 hockey team. She has gone above and beyond her duties, she is on the board of the Iceberg Tournament here in Grande Prairie and was one of the main reasons we are having this tournament and the Stick It To Cancer Fundraiser at the end of March. The players wanted a bus trip with the team, she went out and found sponsors and organized it all. She has spent countless hours dealing with all the off-ice managing associated with the team, she always has the team on her mind, finding extra ice times, finding extra trainers, etc. The time and effort she has put in over the season is commendable!
Liana Hall, Soccer
Liana is an exceptional and extremely committed member of the Grande Prairie Soccer Community. She is an intelligent woman with a heart of gold. Her organizational skills and ability to see projects through set her apart from other volunteers.
Liana has fostered both growth and love for soccer from the grassroots programs to high performance groups for more than 20years. She is the first person to offer a helping hand, and is always tirelessly working behind the scenes. Her dedication to soccer in GP has played a huge role in the success of the Wolves Club Soccer Program and the GPRC Wolves Athletics Soccer Program. She is an exemplary role model for all volunteers for any sporting organization.
Tanya Brewster, Cheerleading
Tanya has been so involved with the cheer program for the last few years, she has been a team assistant helping the coaches organize events and helping with athletes at competitions and events, she is a member of the Grande Prairie Gymnastics board, she is a mother of 5 daughters, 4 of which are in the Gymniks cheer program. Gymniks is so grateful to have Tanya on their team to help them with many different aspects of their program
Trevor Sak, Football
Trevor started with football in 2014 as team manager for three years in the Peewee level. He then moved onto the Broncos for the next four years where he had various positions such as parent liaison, equipment manager, president and coach. Within that time he also became the president of the Peace Country Bantam Football League, Alberta Summer Games Team Manager and an Assistant coach with the Red Rams Peewee team. He will always help out so things run smoothly. He spends countless hours on and off the field all year round, always makes time for parents, coaches and other clubs and makes sure that the kids are having fun but doing it safely. His love and passion for the sport shows in everything he does.
David Murray, Rock Climbing
David discovered climbing when he was a student at the Grande Prairie Regional College. In 2014 he took over the GPRC climbing gym and has turned it from a ghost town where few took climbing seriously into a place where the membership is a family and many of them compete seriously across the province. Without David, there would be no climbing community in Grande Prairie.
- 2014 Re-established GPRC climbing gym
- 2014 Launched the first monthly competitions
- 2014 Started the kid’s programs
- 2017 Hosted and managed the largest climbing competition in Grande Prairie history
- 2017 Started the competitive climbing team
- 2018 Coached GP’s first provincial champion
- 2019 Coached GP’s second provincial champion
- February 2019, will coach two competitors at climbing nationals. Neither of those competitors would be at national level ability without David.
Jeff Buller, Racquetball
Jeff became a board member with the Alberta Racquetball Association in 2012 and was later elected President in 2016. From there his vision of bringing world class events to Alberta and Grande Prairie, as well as being able to provide funding and development to athletes and coaches, has seen great results.
- A part of the team that brought Canada’s first ever World Racquetball Tour to Calgary in October, 2018.
- Tournaments organized and directed in Grande Prairie
- 2014 – Racquetball Canada Junior National Championships in 2014,
- Team Canada Selection Events in 2016 and Feb 2019 combined with local tournaments.
Helped guide the ARA through a turbulent period of restructuring, with positivity and determination, creating new policies and a new beginning for the association
Katie Biberdorf, Gymnastics
Katie is a community champion for sport. She devotes extensive hours to the growth of sport both locally, provincially and nationally. Katie was an integral part of growing and developing the GP Gymnastics Club while serving as Executive Director for over 10 years. She currently sits as chair for the Alberta Gymnastics Federation. Katie was an integral part of the planning and implementation of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games from bid process to Games Day.
- 2011 – Present – Alberta Gymnastics Federation Board of Directors Board Chairperson
- Chef de Mission 2012,2014-2016 – Team Alberta Canadian Gymnastics Championships
- Chef de Mission, 2012,2013,2015,2016 – Team Alberta, Western Canadian Championships
- 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships – Hosting Coordinator
- 2016 Trampoline and Tumbling Alberta Cup – Event manager
- 2013 & 2015 Northern Zone Gymnastics Championships – Event manager
2011 Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships – Event manager
Melaine Curtis, Gymnastics
Mel has worked at Grande Prairie Gymnastics for over 10 years, and had been a national level gymnast for many years; she is currently the recreational gymnastics coordinator at Grande Prairie Gymnastics as well as a competitive gymnastics coach to many different levels. She currently holds the record for the open female 1 foot high kick in the Arctic Winter Games. Mel is a wonderful role model not only to her competitive gymnasts but to all the children in the rec program as well.
- Competitive gymnastics coach
- Holds world record for open female 1 foot high kick in
- Arctic Winter Games
competed gymnastics at a national level
Sarah Herman, Beach Volleyball
For more than 10 years Sarah has given her time, expertise and passion to develop Grande Prairie Beach Volleyball into the program that it is today. In 2018 she managed 5 nights of league play with 140 teams and coordinated the upgrading of the sand courts to meet the standards required to host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games beach volleyball event. From building sheds, shoveling sand and laying sod – coaching youth volleyball from grass roots & up to developing local volleyball players to compete Provincially and Nationally, Sarah is a sport builder in the truest sense.
- The sport of Beach Volleyball has grown significantly in Grande Prairie and Sarah has helped put our youth beach volleyball on the provincial and Nationals radar with several athletes winning provincial titles and national medals.
Adrenaline Athletics Cheerleading and Tumbling Gym
Adrenaline Athletics and Tumbling Gym rallied around a family in our gym in September when their house burnt down in Cobblestone. They unfortunately lost everything including 2 family pets. The gym worked tirelessly to collect clothes, gift-cards, furniture and housing items to help them start over. With a Go Fund Me page earning over $12,000 to help the family rebuild. The community as a whole came together and supported this family. We are so proud of the cheerleading and tumbling community!
- 2017 – 2018 Alberta Cheerleading Associations – Team Sportsmanship Of The Year
- 2017 – 2018 Alberta Cheerleading Associations – Supporting School and Community Spirit Of The Year
- 2018 February 5th Place finish in Las Vegas at Jamz Nationals
- 2018 April 1st Place and 2nd Place finish at All Star Cheer Extravaganza – April 2018
Gymniks Cheer, Cheerleading
Gymniks cheer has been around for 9 years and is only growing. They strive to be at as many events around the community as they can by cheering on from the side lines or performing their routines for everyone to enjoy.
- 2018 March, Junior Code Teal and Mini Snipers place 1st and 3rd respectively at True North
- 2018 February, Junior Code Teal and Mini Snipers place 3rd and 2nd respectively at Battle Of Champions
- 2018 January, Youth Sergeants at Cold Snap – 1st
- 2018 April Junior Code Teal, Youth Sergeants and Mini Snipers place 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively at Sea to Sky
- All teams hitting zero at many competitions