Adam Link

Adam Link

Adam take pride in his students and coaching efforts, teaching his athletes the benefits of a proper work ethic, self confidence, and the importance of working as a team and supporting one another. His coaching style has built athletes that compete at regional, provincial and national levels. These athletes have taken what has been taught to them and pushed themselves to compete at worlds. Adam has coached athletes to participate the Alberta Winter Games, the Arctic Winter Games and Pan Am Games. Adam believes in not only producing great athletes but, also developing his students to become leaders and advocates for their community and their sport. Adam’s goal is to build a community of athletes that aren’t only strong physically but, emotionally and mentally.
Cashtyn DeLeeuw

Cashtyn DeLeeuw

Born and raised in Grimshaw Alberta, Cashtyn is committed to creating and implementing a AAA baseball program that will give north western players the opportunity to play at the university level and beyond without leaving home to find high performance programs. He leads his players with enthusiasm, positive attitude and example. He, as an All-Conference division 1 NCAA player, is knowledgeable about his sport and the skills needed to take his players to the next level. Cashtyn, knowing the value of the university experience, has shown the players of the Northwest that anyone can succeed, through hard work, dedication and exemplary teamwork. Without leaving their homes in high school.
Claire Richter

Claire Richter

Claire is a NCCP certified coach currently with the Wapiti Nordic Ski Team. She has taught athletes at the provincial, national and international levels. Her ability to create an optimal balance between anxiety and positive motivation to fuel the athlete to personal success ability to deliver tough feedback with honesty and finesse, so that tough criticism is channeled into positive action, is a beloved style of coaching by her athletes and has made her an irreplaceable member of the team. In her 16 years of coaching Claire has not only been heavily involved with Cross Country skiing but, has coached swimming and soccer with the Special Olympics.
Gus Fai

Gus Fai

In 2009, Gus traveled to Canada on an interim basis to coach and develop rugby in the Grande Prairie. After identifying the rugby talent was growing in the region, Gus relocated from New Zealand to Grande Prairie. Since 2011, Gus holds a significant impact on and off the field. Gus is selfless, hard working and a coach that leads by example and instills everything a coach and athlete can. In the Fall of 2019 Gus led his team to an Edmonton Rugby Union Championship and Alberta Provincial Championship for which they won. In his spare time, Gus volunteers his time on occasion to help coaching at St. Joe’s High School with the youth programs representing Grande Prairie Rugby Club.
Janelle Desmarais-Moen

Janelle Desmarais-Moen

Janelle joined the Grande Prairie Gymnastics Center as the Trampoline & Tumbling Program Coordinator in 2018 and brought with experience from both an athlete and coaching perspective. Janelle has worked hard to bring fun into the program while instilling a passion and love for the sport amongst the athletes. Her skills have led her to building athletes which compete at a Provincial and National level. Janelle has brought two successful competitions to Grande Prairie in 2019. Alberta Cup 2 and Western Canada Cup, which saw over 400 athletes from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Currently, Janelle is working on her Level 4 trampoline coaching certification, she is one of few Alberta coaches who hold this level of expertise within our own community.
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Raised in Grande Prairie, Jeff fell in love with volleyball at a young age. His passion for volleyball developed as a player on the Grande Prairie Composite High School's Tomahawk Volleyball program. He has been heavily involved in coaching Volleyball since the early 2000's. He is a committed, passionate and dedicated coach who’s approach to the game and to the team has helped him and his teams achieve success provincially, nationally, and internationally. Jeff believes that sport is an opportunity that all youth should have access to. He works hard to mitigate barriers for families to access sport programs while ensuring that the integrity of his programs remain intact.
Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez

Luis started Martial Arts at the age of 16, representing his country of Paraguay at four Taekwon-do World Championships. He started coaching in 1995, teaching in local Dojangs in his city. In 2008, Luis moved to Canada to teach Taekwon-do and expand the arts within his newly found Canadian community. Luis was the Canadian team coach for Taekwon-do World Championships hosted in; Russia, Belarus, North Korea,  Estonia,  Bulgaria, Netherlands, and Australia. He also coached team Canada for the IMMAF in Las Vegas 2015, 2016 and Rome 2019.
Rorik Frape

Rorik Frape

Rorik has a strong passion for coaching and loves to see his athletes succeed with confidence and drive whilst  having fun will playing the sport. As an NCCP certified coach, he goes above and beyond to continue to better himself by taking the time to learn new coaching strategies, techniques and attends a variety of different coaching clinics. His approach to the game is to promote teamwork and doing your personal best, a method that has led his team to a silver standing for Team 6 in Grande Prairie for 2019.
Zoey Eriksen

Zoey Eriksen

Zoey is the head elementary coach for the Grande Prairie Wrestling Club. Zoey believes in building a great team of athletes with the goal of providing a unique wrestling experience. Zoey’s coaching style reflects having fun, and the lessons learned at GPWC apply to many real-life situations. Zoey helps push her students to their fullest potential and feels that everyone has the potential to be an athlete by working with your strengths and improving your weakness. No matter what level, everyone belongs. This attitude has helped Zoey’s students bring home 2 gold medals, a silver and a 4th place ranking at provincial and national competitions in 2019.
Alain Johnson

Alain Johnson

Having competed as student and won countless medals, he decided to widen his knowledge by qualifying as an official in 2008. He has now achieved the level of First Class Canadian National Certified Competition Referee for both poomsae and kyorugi. He is currently training to receive his 5th degree black belt. Master Johnson continues to be a student of Taekwon-do, inspiring all of us to continue our own personal journeys. Alain has grown the club from its humble beginnings of 6 students to the 55+ students registered today. Students of all ages (5-60+), physical and mental capacities are made to feel right at home, part of the team, at the Road Warriors club in Donnelly, AB.
Karin Rourke

Karin Rourke

Karin was born and raised in Beaverlodge, AB. Her family has always been involved in sport. She competed at a competitive level in figure skating, swimming and played school sports of all kinds while growing up. Karin, along with a few other parents, recognized the absence of a club volleyball program in Beaverlodge. After that there have been countless hours of re-establishing the club, getting NCCP certified, and becoming a certified coach with Alberta Volleyball. With Karin’s commitment, there are now 4 volleyball teams and over 40 kids playing Rebels Club Volleyball in Beaverlodge. Karin’s volunteer commitment helps teach volleyball skills and a passion for the game, leading their team to gold.
Matt Burton

Matt Burton

Matt is currently the Assistant Head Coach for Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Team. He coaches a variety of ages, with a primary focus on the Development and Potential level squads within the program. Matt can adapt his coaching technique to fit an individual’s needs (whether it’s physical & skill levels, medical reasons, anxiety, personality, etc). During this time, he’s taken swimmers to both Provincial and Championship levels. What sets Matt apart from others is his interaction with the swimmers. He always gives his swimmers pre and post advice and never forget the words of encouragement. Regardless of their swimming capabilities, he treats all the kids equally and fairly, giving everyone the tools and resources to reach their true potential.
Sara Woodlands

Sara Woodlands

Sara started her gymnastics career at the age of 3 with Grande Prairie gymnastics winning numerous provincial and western Canadian championships. After her graduation from the composite high school she attained her degree in physical education in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Returning to Grande Prairie, Sara is actively coaching young gymnasts at grassroots level. Sara is currently NCCP level 3 certified and working towards her judging certificate. She loves working with the young kids, developing their skills and seeing them improve. She also genuinely cares about her athletes and takes active interest in her athletes outside the 4 walls of the training centre. Her athletes love and respect her for the commitment she shows to them.
Anna van der Giessen

Anna van der Giessen

Former high-school basket ball player who started a nursing program at GPRC and decided to join the cross-country team a few years ago. She is a passionate dedicated student and athlete who has a great potential that has just started to show. Despite genetics, most of the time it takes years for the athlete to reach their real potential. In 2019, Anna has competed provincially and nationally placed in the top ten at all events. At the 2019 CCAA Nationals Anna placed 7th and earned an All-Canadian Title. The results Anna showed in 2019 are merely the start of a promising running career.
Annika Behnke

Annika Behnke

Annika is currently a member of the Grande Prairie Figure Skating club, competing at a provincial level in both singles and pairs categories. She travels from Peace River to be training in Grande Prairie with her partner Kole Sauve. In her first provincial showing in pairs her and her partner placed second in the competition. She also competed in singles and was 5th out of 27 skaters. In 2019, Annika placed top 10 in 8 different competitions and top 3 in half of those competitions. Annika is very dedicated to her sport and recently qualified to represent Alberta at the Arctic Winter Games.
Catherine Minic

Catherine Minic

Catherine has been a member of the Piranhas Swim Club since a very early age and represents herself, her teammates and the club with the highest level of professionalism. Each new season Catherine has remained dedicated to her pursuit of excellence and has continuously surpassed expectations. Catherine has represented the Grande Prairie Region and the Piranhas at numerous provincial, nationals and international events in 2019. She has brought home 2 provincial records, an international gold medal, and medaled at numerous national championships. Her passion and drive for the sport continues to push her to new levels of competition and greater achievements.
Damya Bow

Damya Bow

Damya Started recreational boxing in August 2015. She started competitive boxing two years later at the 2017 Alberta Golden gloves, where she gained her first title. She has gone on to have 21 more sanctioned Bouts throughout Canada, and the world! She and one of her teammates are the first boxers to represent Grande prairie at Canadian boxing Nationals (2019) since 1984 (Willie DeWit), And the first Female ever to represent Grande Prairie at Nationals, where she earned a Bronze title for her weight category. In the fall of 2019 she traveled to Dublin Ireland, to Compete in the Esker All Female Boxcup, she brought home a gold title for her category.
Isabella Seward

Isabella Seward

Isabella is a hard working athlete who is dedicated to her sport. She had a fantastic year in 2019 moving into the National level in two disciplines. At her first Canadian National Championship, Isabella placed 5th out of over 30 athletes and ranked top ten out of 40 athletes at her second national showing. Bella is aspiring to make a Canadian Junior National team this year to represent Canada at the Indo Pacific Championships. She is a strong role model in the club and is working as a junior coach to help future athletes gain a love for the sport as well!
Madison Quartly

Madison Quartly

Madi fell in love with fast ball in Drayton Valley at the age of 7. We moved to Grande Prairie in 2014 and found out there was no fast ball for her age, so she participated in the winter camp with GPMBA. She decided to tryout for the competitive AA team for Peewee and has never looked back. She has represented Alberta at Nationals for the past 5 years and always representing her community at the AA level in minor baseball. In 2019, she was the first female to play for the AAA U18 Northern Lights baseball team. Her goal is to play for Team Canada.
Mairen Lawson

Mairen Lawson

Mairen is a 16 year bold champion and risk taker in the ever growing sport of triathlon. Her achievements include making the provincial development team, Provincial Performance team and Team Alberta. Mairen has competed at a provincial and national level bring home honours in the top ten of all noted competitions including Gold at the Western Canada Games and 2nd place at the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon. As a busy athlete her love of the sport encompasses her and gives back any spare time she has to coaching the 4-8 year old groups.
Mary-Helen Hopkins

Mary-Helen Hopkins

Mary Helen has been a competitive swimmer since 1958! She has been in the top 3 or 4 in every Masters’ Swimming Nationals since she started competing as a Masters’ Swimming and is an example to all older swimmers everywhere. When she went to the World Masters Athletics Championships, she was in the top ten (10) in every event she swam. Her greatest accomplishment was the 2nd place she achieved in the World Open Water Swimming Championships in Bermuda and everyone competing with her were astonished at her effort and accomplishment.
Ariel Timanson

Ariel Timanson

Ariel is a multi-sport athlete and excels in all sports that she dedicates her time to. She participates in the Celtic Academy Athletic Development programs through the Catholic junior and high school systems where they focus on multi-sport programming. Ariel has been dancing for 11 year and participates in multi school teams such as; volleyball, basketball and track and field. She has attended the RBC Olympic Training Grounds competition in April 2019 in Edmonton where she was personally invited to attend provincial qualifiers in the summer. RUGBY CANADA has reach out to Ariel about joining their sport in the future. Ariel is a well-rounded athlete that loves sport, training, improving and encouraging others in their sport. She loves the challenges sports brings her.
Brianna Brewster

Brianna Brewster

Brianna started her 2019 cheerleading season she was on Youth level 2 Commanders, as the year progressed, she had been asked to step in and join 2 more teams, Youth level 1 Sergeants as well as, Junior level 2 Code Teal. She always shows up ready and willing to work hard for all 3 teams and her tumble classes. Brianna has competed with her club at many prestigious cheerleading competitions across Canada and the U.S. this past season including; The Summit, ACE and American Showcase and was nominated All-Star Athlete of the Year through the Alberta Cheerleading Association. After competing with all 3 teams for most of the season Brianna decided she wanted to become junior coach in hopes of bringing the love of cheerleading to others.
Brooklyn Johnsen

Brooklyn Johnsen

Brooklyn is a trampoline and tumbling athlete from Grande Prairie Gymnastics, who is full of determination to reach her big goals in the sport. She works hard to learn new skills and move up in levels. She is a steady competitor placing at the provincial and national level representing the club and as an athlete on Team Alberta. Brooklyn ranked 3rd on individual trampoline at the 2019 Western Canada Cup, and the team placed 2nd in overalls. She qualified for the Canadian National Championships and looks forward working hard in 2020 and representing Canada at the Indo Pacific Championships.
Jordan Greber

Jordan Greber

Jordan joined the Piranhas swim club in 2015. Under the coaching staff’s guidance Jordan continued to improve her swimming skills and continually pushing herself everyday to be more competitive on the national stage. Each season Jordan sets very high standards of achievement and delivers that on a daily basis. In 2019, Jordan won 7 gold medals and the aggregate trophy at the Alberta Championships. She also competed with Team Alberta at the Western Canada Games where she won two silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Jordan also competed provincially winning three gold medals and a bronze at an international event.
Kyra Sauve

Kyra Sauve

Kyra Sauve is a passionate skater since the age of 3. She started competing at the age of 6 in Edmonton. This season Kyra has passed her Gold Skills, Silver Artistic, Junior Silver Dances and Star 7 FreeSkate. Kyra has recently earned a spot on the Alberta Winter Games Zone 8 Team. Kyra trains in Grande Prairie; however, she makes frequent weekend trips to Edmonton to train alongside her brother. Not only is Kyra a competitor, she believes in giving back to her sport, she volunteers at competitions and test days, as well as is a Program Assistant for the CanSkate Program, and has plans to coach in the future.
Gary Macdonald

Gary Macdonald

Gary MacDonald achieved his life-long dream on what was a come-back year for him. After several years of not competing, he was finally able to attend his first big tournament, Provincials, where he just missed the medals, but qualified to attend Nationals. At 2019 Nationals, Gary earned a spot on Team Canada. A tune up tournament in Edmonton (and another podium), and Gary was off to Rumia, Poland, where he earned his first World Championships Gold Medal after 20+ years of dedication to this sport and his 7th trip to the worlds stage! In his spare time, Gary is a CAWF certified level 1 referee and often officiates tournaments throughout the province.
Ian Stoby

Ian Stoby

Ian started Taekwondo at age 3 and began competing competitively at age 11. Ian also trains and competes in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jujitsu and MMA. In 2019 Ian represented Canada in Taekwondo at the CHITF World Championships in Melbourne Australia and the CHITF Dominican Republic Championships, bringing home Gold in both. Ian represented Canada in MMA at the 2019 IMMAF Youth (U18) world Championships in Rome Italy, returning with a Bronze. Ian also competed and won Gold in several provincial Taekwondo tournaments in 2019 as well as defeating Christian Breingan in a K1 kickboxing match, by unanimous decision, in Fort McMurray.
James (Jim) Edwards

James (Jim) Edwards

Jim Edwards demonstrates the utmost level of sportsmanship and athleticism in his respected sport of Darts. Jim has earned the opportunity to compete at the Canadian National Darts Championships for 7 consecutive years. One of the most coveted Dart Championships is the Klondike Open, Canada’s oldest and longest running tournament. Jim has received the honour of being named the 2019 Klondike Open Men’s Singles Champion, Jim Edwards will receive his third invitation to the World Masters held in England annually where he will not only represent Canada but, Alberta as well. Jim is currently ranked 8th in Canada and has consistently been in the top 16 in Canada for the past 5 years.
Kole Sauve

Kole Sauve

Kole started skating at the age of 3. He played hockey and skated from the ages of 5 to 7, when he was 8 he switched to figure skating, at the age of 9 he began pair skating. February 2019 was Kole’s first competition in the competitive stream, pairs and singles, placing 2nd in both events, Kole made the jump from Pre-Juvenile to Juvenile with only 4 weeks to prepare for Alberta Sectionals. He skated a clean program with 6 doubles and a combination spin with 20 revs! At Sectionals Kole placed 2nd in singles and 2nd in pairs. He has currently moved up another level to compete Pre-Novice. Kole is excited where the future of figure skating will take him!
Rylan Bond

Rylan Bond

Rylan worked hard this year to meet Canadian standards moving him into the next National level. He aspired to make the Canadian World Age Group Team on tumbling just narrowly missing the score. Rylan is currently the highest level tumbler for the Grande Prairie Gymnastics Club. In 2019, Rylan placed 1st for tumbling at Canadian National and International competitions and is ranked top 3 for his age category across all of Canada. He has always been a good role model of sportsmanship making sure to take time at competitions to meet and cheer on all of the younger athletes, encouraging to complete their dreams.
Jordan Coen

Jordan Coen

Jordan demonstrates commitment, dedication and perseverance in everything he does. Jordan ran his first kids of steel triathlon in 2012, when he was not quite eight years old. Triathlon has provided Jordan with the challenging and exciting combination of swimming, biking, and of course running. Living in Peace River, Jordan has had to self-teach several of the strategies and techniques to help him succeed at the sport. Often at races, he is the only athlete that is not affiliated with a recognized triathlon club. However, he is grateful for the advice and support given to him from fellow athletes and coaches through the Alberta Triathlon Association.
Kobe Grocholski

Kobe Grocholski

Kobe Grocholski added competitive running to his repertoire in the spring of 2016. Immediately, he found success at his new sport, setting multiple Zone records and winning medals at the provincial and national levels over the past 4 years. In 2019, he won three provincial championships, ranked #1 for 1500m time in U18 in Alberta and placed 5th at U18 Nationals. He has committed to running for the U of Alberta starting in September 2020. When Kobe isn’t running he is also active in the community as a hockey referee and dancer.
Nathaniel Reid

Nathaniel Reid

Nathaniel has been skating since he was 5, he currently skates with the Peace River Skating club as well as picking up days at Nampa Figure Skating club and Twilight Figure Skating club. He always shows up to practice ready to get on the ice, there is never a fight or complaint to go to the rink 5 sometimes 6 days per week. Nathaniel recently traveled to Edmonton to compete against other male skaters in his level. He skated a solid program and placed 1st among skaters. He was very pleased with his success. Nathaniel is always happy and willing to help others. He was a PA for 3 yrs with the twilight figure skating club. He has a passion for this sport even though there are very few male skaters in it.
Ryan O’Handley

Ryan O’Handley

Ryan has big goals and has been working hard this past year and this current year to learn new skills and move up in levels to represent his home gym of Grande Prairie Gymnastics, Alberta and hopefully one day Canada. Ryan currently competes at the provincial level and is working on his coaching certificate. In 2019, Ryan individually ranked in the top ten for Trampoline at the Western Canada Cup and placed 2nd for tumbling at the event as well. Ryan is a fantastic teammate, always trying to help everyone around him and raise the spirits in the group.
GPRC Wolves U17 Girls Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves U17 Girls Volleyball Team

As a back to back provincial championship winning team this group was again diligent in following a process of trying to get better every day. Through a tough season this group stuck together to push each other to improve each week. This team never gave up and played some of its best volleyball at the end of a long season. This group did a great job of sticking together and ultimately won together at the Alberta U17 Provincial Champions – 2nd year in a row, competed at the National level in Division 1-Tier 1 placing 5th in Canada, and competed at Best of the West Tournament champions (Top teams from a across Western Canada).
Grande Prairie Centaurs Rugby Football Club

Grande Prairie Centaurs Rugby Football Club

The Grande Prairie Rugby Football Club are an independent and self-sufficient rugby organization, which has had a presence in Grande Prairie since 1984. The club boasts an active roster of over 75 members and has strong junior, women’s and men’s programs. Currently we offer 2 men’s teams (2nd and 3rd division), 1 women’s team (2nd division) and a junior program with differing teams each year. The Grande Prairie Rugby Football Club has a long tradition of excellence and we are known for our hospitality to visiting teams throughout the Edmonton Rugby Union.
Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors Football Team

Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors Football Team

The Warriors had an extremely competitive season, they received the most wins in school history with 8 wins and only 1 regular season MPFL Conference loss (to St. Joseph Catholic High School). In their 8 wins, the Warriors Advanced to the MPFL conference championship for 2nd straight year (lost game to St.Joes). They also won 1st Tier 1 provincial game in 15 years (against Fort McMurray), Advanced to the Tier 1 Northern Championship against Harry Ainlay (EDM). Even though, they lost the Northern Championship, the Warriors secured a Tier 1 Bronze medal, the first time in 15 years a GP team has won a medal in tier 1 provincial football.
Northern Lights AAA U18 Baseball Team

Northern Lights AAA U18 Baseball Team

The 2019 Northern Lights u18 AAA baseball teams are comprised of athletes from across the peace country. The 2019 Northern LIGHTS completed their regular season finishing 9th overall which placed them in Tier 2 Provincials. The LIGHTS went undefeated and played to win in the Gold. With their gold medal tier 2 win the team earned the final spot at the Tier 1 provincials where they received silver and a berth to the Western Canadian Baseball association Championship. The WCBA championship is a National event where the team proudly represented Alberta. The team brought home silver and the rights to say they were the most decorated team in a single season in the history of AAA baseball in Baseball Alberta as well as in Zone 8.
2019 Western Canada Cup

2019 Western Canada Cup

In 2019, Grande Prairie Gymnastics hosted the 3rd Alberta Cup and Western Canada Cup for Trampoline and tumbling. This is a major event hosted once per year in one of the Western Canadian Provinces. Grande Prairie won their bid for the 2019 competition, in part, due to their professionalism in hosting their 2018 Alberta Cup. Western Canada Cup is the largest event of the Provincial year and it was a great success playing host to such a fantastic competition and group of athletes! Grande Prairie Gymnastics is very fortunate to have a large enough facility to host this impressive event.
CCAA Cross-Country National Championships

CCAA Cross-Country National Championships

The 2019 CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships hosted 277 athletes and coaches representing 40 schools from across the country. Teams were greeted by a formidable snowstorm that proved to set the stage for an epic cross-country event. It was a true display of athleticism and competition. The success of the event was due to a number of factors including a strong organizing committee (including the CCAA staff), a volunteer force of 80+, the transformation of Muskoseepi Park into a world-class venue that defied the weather, and an outstanding social media and marketing program. Incredible support from our community through countless donations and volunteer hours made this a top-notch event to be proud of.
MD of Greenview Men’s & Master Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships

MD of Greenview Men’s & Master Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships

The Men’s and Masters Men’s Fastpitch championships brought more than 6000 spectators, 300 participants and 100 volunteers together to celebrate the sport’s most prestigious national tournament. The event showcased the sport of Fastpitch by bringing to Grande Prairie, some of the greatest players in the world and in doing so the attention of fans worldwide. The games were witnessed live by more than 6000 spectators in the stands and by 10s of thousands more online through online streaming. Spectators, participants, and game officials reveled of the event. This tournament was the most successful events in recent history for Softball Canada.
Brian Jaeger

Brian Jaeger

Born & raised in Grande Prairie Brian played football for the St.Joe’s Celtics. Wanting to stay involved in football after graduation Brian made the decision to become an official, at which he has been active for approximately 20 years. His passion for the game can be seen by his enthusiasm on the field. Always being consistent in how he calls the game, and using good judgment, has enabled him to gain the confidence of teams that the games are being officiated fairly. He is a valuable member of the Grande Prairie Football Officials Association.
CJ Senkow

CJ Senkow

CJ began refereeing in 1995 in Grande Prairie and moved to Red Deer in 1996 to increase his opportunities. He has worked as a referee and linesman in the Alberta Junior hockey League and a linesman in the Western Hockey League. CJ also refereed at prestigious games such as; the Doyle Cup, Mackenzie Cup, and Pacific Cup. He has been on the provincial board since 2001 and is the Hockey Alberta Regional Coordinator and Officials Instructor. Since moving back to Grande Prairie he has continued instructing clinics in the region and province and continues his work on the provincial committee and as the regional coordinator.
Douglas Vandemark

Douglas Vandemark

Doug has been a dedicated volunteer of the Grovedale Figure Skating Club for 15 years, organizing test days for all skate clubs, Regional chair for peace region for the Alberta NWT Nunavut skate Canada section. Doug’s philosophy is to just get those kids on the ice having fun”,” we’re doing it for the kids”. Doug celebrates every child’s achievements it didn’t matter if they were just learning to stand on their skates or if they had done their first waltz jump. He has the true heart of a volunteer, dedicated to our club and to supporting the sport of Figure Skating in the peace country.
Grey Patino

Grey Patino

Grey is a MMA fighter, boxer, and most recently a kickboxer on team Canada representing Grande Prairie in Bosnia! He is part owner of Stanley boxing, and often coaches classes in boxing, kickboxing, and fitness! He is proud of his gym and opens the door to anyone and all abilities.  He teaches a free classes to a local group from a day home and has never asked for anything in return! He is open to helping and providing opportunities to people that can’t help themselves or need an outlet. He believes that fitness is a journey that everyone has the right to enjoy.
Jody Peakman

Jody Peakman

Jody Peakman is a dedicated member to helping the Peace Wapiti Academy Titan football team. From ringing her cowbell, to shouting words of encouragement, fundraising or just bringing the team a healthy snack to every game, you could feel the love that Jody radiates. Jody was voted in to be the president for the upcoming season of football for the Peace Wapiti Academy Titans. The Titan players, as well as parents agree that Jody will not disappoint and will bring it her all. Her love for the sports shine through every act of kindness and game she’s involved in.
Stephanie Carter

Stephanie Carter

Since joining the Grande Prairie Storm team in 2016, Stephanie Carter has been the absolute backbone of all Storm business operations. Extremely punctual and professional, she maintains an incredibly high level of service in all her dealings with sponsors and other Storm stakeholders. Stephanie’s positive attitude and desire to learn has benefited her amidst a changing Storm landscape. Her continued dedication to the team and the business has helped her endured multiple Storm business managers. She is a major contributor to the business’ turn-around of the Grande Prairie Storm behind the scenes with no recognition. She is the true Unsung Hero of the Grande Prairie Storm.
Alain Johnson

Alain Johnson

Having competed as student and won countless medals, he decided to widen his knowledge by qualifying as an official in 2008. He has now achieved the level of First Class Canadian National Certified Competition Referee for both poomsae and kyorugi. He is currently training to receive his 5th degree black belt. Master Johnson continues to be a student of Taekwon-do, inspiring all of us to continue our own personal journeys. Alain has grown the club from its humble beginnings of 6 students to the 55+ students registered today. Students of all ages (5-60+), physical and mental capacities are made to feel right at home, part of the team, at the Road Warriors club in Donnelly, AB.
Jackie Hampton

Jackie Hampton

Jackie Hampton has been an instrumental part of developing figure skating in the Peace Region. She has served for 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Grande Prairie Skating Club. Jackie is a positive influence on all the skaters and has a great working relationship with the coaches. Jackie is the co-chairperson of the Peace Region competition that is held in January of every year. She spends hours and hours at the arena helping parents and answering questions. Figure Skating in the Peace Region is in a better place due to the efforts and dedication of Jackie Hampton.
Krista Mitchell

Krista Mitchell

Over the past 4 years Krista has shown a passion and drive for developing a strong trail running Community. Not only has she developed the Thursday night trail running group but, she has also founded many local races throughout the years. These events have given back over $16,000.00 to local not for profit organizations. She gives selflessly of her time, and many weekends she can be seen supporting, encouraging, and cheering on many athletes during races. As an accomplished ultra-marathoner herself, she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. She promotes movement and is an activist for bringing out the best in others.
Laurie Olson

Laurie Olson

Laurie Olson has dedicated the past 5 seasons to helping improve the governance, policies and overall function of the Nitehawk Snowboard Club. Through various roles on the board, the club has been able to grow and ensure compliance with ever changing requirements. Her dedication to safety for club members as well as coaching staff and board members goes above and beyond. From organizing fundraisers to year end trips, Laurie has dedicated time to make sure everyone is included. Kids, parents, coaches, and volunteers all feel they can approach her and have their questions and concern addressed with kindness and professionalism.
Tara Melezko

Tara Melezko

Tara a gap in the amount of funding that was being provided to mental health locally in Grande Prairie and she chose to make a difference. She had an idea to run a hockey tournament with all proceeds going back to mental health in our community. She puts in countless hours for this tournament to be a success and her dedication is much admired. The first year this tournament raised over $11,000 and second year was just short of $6000. This money went into testing in the public schools for kids with Mental health that were previously on the waiting list for years.