Alex Dawson - Swimming

Alex Dawson - Swimming

Despite challenges with restrictions and limitations due to COVID19, Alex has worked tirelessly to maintain a consistent, high level of activity for all Club members. An example is the development and launch of the Virtual Swim League that provided 100s of swimmers the opportunity to compete with other swimmers provincially, nationally, and internationally. His excellence is recognized by both Swim Alberta and Swim Canada through his appointment to various provincial and national advisory committees. Competitively, the Club is ranked in the top 10 in the Province and is consistently represented on the podium at provincial-level championships. Additionally, the Club Boasts swimmers attending National competitions, including the Olympic trials. The Club is also proud to support a future NCAA Division 1 swimmer.
Chris Morgan - Soccer

Chris Morgan - Soccer

In the last year, Chris has taken on a larger role with Swan City FC as one of our Technical Team Coaches while maintaining his role with GPRC as the Men's and Women's team head coach. Through the pandemic, Chris coaches everyday of the week supporting coaches from beginner to U19 programs and provided top level training for all to continue to develop and excel. Coach Chris’s recent accomplishments Include:
  • Earned Canada’s highest level of certification - Canada Soccer A License
  • Union of European Football Association A Candidate upon completion of Canada Soccer A License
  • Worked with Alberta Soccer Association on Alberta Covid Restrictions return to play regulations and protocols
  • Instrumental in getting our community soccer players back on the field
  • Learning Facilitator for Alberta Soccer Association
Dave Oakes - Hockey

Dave Oakes - Hockey

Dave’s many years of hockey experience that included playing in Europe for Team Canada Polar Bears & Bantam "AAA" for the GP Storm contribute to his high level coaching ability. After many years of coaching with Minor hockey, his passion for high quality hockey programs lead to the decision of creating his own team The North Legacy Hockey Academy. Dave is positive, enthusiastic, respectful and sets great examples. He is dedicated to ongoing personal development to ensure he meets and goes above the standards for coaching. Every player he has ever coached respects him and hopes that he would be their coach again for the following seasons.
Michael Morgan - Biathlon

Michael Morgan - Biathlon

Michael is a well respected leader within biathlon community and is routinely chosen to be on competition juries. He guides a very unique team made up of athletes from 12 years to 62 years old. While many sports faced lock downs, Michael quickly adapted, and went as far as tripling the number of weekend practices allowing athletes to stay physically distanced during practices. Under Michael’s tutelage, many athlete’s have advanced from non-skiers to competitive biathletes. This past year Michael’s coaching has led his athletes to return from competition with the following medals:
  • World Masters Games, silver medal
  • Masters Men’s 1st overall Calforex Cup series (Provincial Cup)
  • Masters Women’s 2nd overall
  • Adult Recreational 2nd overall
  • Senior Boy’s 3rd overall
  • And an athlete accepted on to the National Development Team
Eva Von Hertzberg - Trampoline and Tumbling

Eva Von Hertzberg - Trampoline and Tumbling

Eva is the program coordinator and NCCP level 3 certified coach for the Trampoline and Tumbling Program.  Throughout the pandemic, Eva has ensured that every available moment in the gym was planned for and when that was not possible, she offered classes by zoom, created personal training plans, and consistently made herself available to the athletes and their families. Eva spends countless hours familiarizing herself with new content, networking with other programs & participating in professional development opportunities to enhance the program & experience for all athletes. She has advanced many athletes onto new levels - including mobilizing Ryan O'handley from provincial to national level in tumbling and mobilizing Draven Novosol from provincial to national level in Double mini trampoline.
Paula Zenner - Ringette

Paula Zenner - Ringette

Paula is a great role model to players of all ages and skills. As a coach Paula led the Ridgevalley Ringette to Black Gold Championships. Now, Paula brings her skills and knowledge to Peace Country Ringette where she coaches players of all age group and skill levels. Recently, she took her team to the Hinton Friends on Ice Tournament 2020. She has coached players as young as the Active Starts to the U12/14, as well as the adult Open Team. Paula is a mentor to new coaches and when she is not coaching, you can find her playing ringette with her family and friends on the Open level team.
Travis Duncan - Basketball

Travis Duncan - Basketball

Travis coaches the Gr. 9 and Sr. Girls basketball teams at the Grande Prairie Composite High School. Travis has been an instrumental part of the development the Swan City Basketball Club. He also coaches in both the development and competitive programs for the club.  In 2017 Swan City Basketball had roughly 60 interested participants and to the initial shutdown in March 2020, that had increased to 340 registered participants in the development program including enough interest for 16 club basketball teams in our competitive program. Travis has coached several highly motivated athletes who have gone on to pursue athletics after high school. Travis has a Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is currently working to complete the Competition Development Modules in the NCCP Train to Compete stream.
Catherine Minic - Swimming

Catherine Minic - Swimming

Catherine trains and competes for the Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club and dedicates over 20hrs per week in and out the water to improving her performances. Her swimming career to date includes breaking Provincial records, being a National Age Group Champion and an identified talented athlete for Swimming Canada. This is her last full time season with the club before she graduates high school and moves on with a swimming scholarship to the university of Indiana to continue swimming career. In 2020 not only did Catherine receive her university swimming scholarship but, received an invitation to the Canadian Olympic Trials for 2021 and received an award recognizing her as the Top 1 Canadian Youth by Swim Alberta.
Yasna Paola Martinez - Running

Yasna Paola Martinez - Running

Yasna Martinez, commonly known as Mrs. Martinez is a 5th degree black belt in Taekwon-do, a martial arts instructor, a coach and a ultrarunner. In 2020, she accomplished many virtual races including:
  • Gator-Aide 19 Virtual Fun Challenge - 191km in 8 days - Finished
  • Beat Sinister Virtual Race - Finished
  • Pure Ultra Virtual Race - Finished
  • Tuffest 10 Vert Virtual Challenge -16,616 meters elevation- Finished 2nd place Female category
  • All About The Vert - Virtual Hill Climb Race – 1st general
  • Reindeer Romp Virtual Challenge – 200km in 8 days - Finished 1st
  • AvaRun Virtual Race - Half Marathon (21km) – Finished
  • She was also feature in the Undefeated: Journey to the Death Race - Ultramarathon Documentary that can be viewed on YouTube.
Ashleigh Bartelds - Taekwon-do

Ashleigh Bartelds - Taekwon-do

Ashleigh is a 2nd degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-do, training in competitive Taekwon-do and kickboxing at Gladiators Martial Arts academy. She has carried the clubs name (gladiators martial arts academy) to multiple local, provincial, national, international and world competitions and brought home gold at almost every tournament. Ashleigh carries great humility as a World competitive athlete, always there to help clean up the dojang, set up equipment, participate in fundraisers, lend a helping hand to a new student. She works part time at the Club as an instructor and created and filmed multiple zoom classes for students during the lock down. In 2020 Ashleigh was excited to compete at Worlds Tournament in Slovenia and debut her kickboxing training but, both were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Leah Hampton - Figure Skating

Leah Hampton - Figure Skating

Leah fell in love with the ice at age 3 and her goal for 2020 was to compete at Pre-Juvenile level. She met her goal but due to the pandemic restrictions in 2020 she only got to participate at the Skate Canada AB-NWT/Nunavut Region Based Performance Opportunity in Edmonton. Leah is dedicated to continuing her training at home, online and skating on the outdoor rink every chance she gets. In 2020 despite the pandemic Leah was able to perform at:
  • Peace Region STARSkate Invitational & AB North Arctic Games Runoffs Artistic – Gold
  • Peace Region STARSkate Invitational & AB North Arctic Games Runoffs Free Program – Gold
  • 2020 Totem Competition, Artistic - Gold
  • 2020 Totem Competition, Free Program - Gold
  • Grande Prairie Skating Club Awards Night: Most Dedicated Skater of the Year
Marley Monsen - Swimming

Marley Monsen - Swimming

At the age of 10, Marley surpassed the qualifying times for Provincials and qualified for 12 and under Alberta championships. Marley holds a Grande Prairie Piranhas junior club record for her fly at the Club, was recognized for being Top 10 in Canada for her age, as well as receiving Youth Recognition from Swim Alberta for hitting the time standards. Although in 2020 Marley was completing as the youngest in her age group, she swam away with a win in her heat and in the swim meet. Marley Monson is deserving of this recognition not only because of her accomplishments at a young age, but also because of her dedication to training as well as the support she continually shows to all of the other members of the club.
Sydney Kinderwater - Judo

Sydney Kinderwater - Judo

Sydney trains out of the GP Martial Arts Club House and is a member of the Judo Alberta provincial team. 2020 brought some great accomplishments for Sydney including:
  • Gold medal at the February 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie, AB
  • Gold medal at the Edmonton International Competition at WEM in Edmonton for U18 -57kg
  • Silver medal at the Elite National Championships in Montreal.
  • Awarded the Stephanie Kerr Memorial Award, awarded to a Judoka who exemplifies the "SPIRIT" of Judo by Judo Alberta
  • Awarded Most Improved Judoka for 19/20 by Judo Alberta.
  • 5th place finish at the Edmonton International Competition at WEM in Edmonton for Senior Women Division -57kg
  • Invited to relocate to Lethbridge, AB by Judo Alberta to train at their Western Canada High Performance Judo Training Centre
Gavin Ashworth - Basketball

Gavin Ashworth - Basketball

Gavin is an exceptional young man who embodies everything it means to be a student-athlete here at GP Composite. He maintained high honor roll academic grades and was a leader both on and off the court for his teammates, often found working out on his own for hours outside of practice time, on every aspect of his game, or on his homework. Gavin was the best basketball player in our zone this past year:
  • He averaged 20+ points per game
  • He led the team in scoring
  • He won 2 All Star awards and 1 MVP award at tournaments
  • He was a leader on a team that went 27-2 for the season
  • He was recruited by several colleges and universities and is now attending UBC-Okanagan and playing USport Basketball there
Liam Tinworth - Multi-Sport

Liam Tinworth - Multi-Sport

Liam is a multi sport athlete, XC skiing and biathlon as well as running in the off season. The 2019/2020 competitive season saw him progress significantly. He qualified for teams going to the Arctic Winter Games and Nationals, both of which were cancelled. His results earned him a spot on the National U20 Development Squad. 2020 Accomplishments for Bialthon:
  • 3rd overall in the Province
  • 1st in a super sprint in Edmonton
  • 4ht in a Spring and 5th in a short individual in GP
2020 Accomplishments XC Skiing:
  • Ranked 4th overall
  • 2nd in a skate race and two 4ths in classic races all in Canmore
  • 1st place finish in the first leg of his relay team- Alberta Winter Games, Canmore
  • 4th place finish at the Alberta Winter Games - Classic Distance
Maxwell Golden - Taekwon-do

Maxwell Golden - Taekwon-do

Maxwell is a 3rd degree Blackbelt. He is an extremely talented martial artist that trains in Taekwon-do & kickboxing and has won multiple gold metals in national, international and world tournaments. Maxwell also instructs at Gladiators Martial Arts Academy and is always there to lend a helping hand or welcome a new member. Maxwell trains in Taekwon-do 5 days a week and kickboxing 3 day a week. He has never taken his training lightly and. During 2020 he maintained his sport by filming zoom classes for his Club, doing home work-outs with his fellow Black Belt family members, and instructed in person classes (when possible) and never fails to carry the strength of his art where ever he goes.
Brayden Bartelds - Taekwon-do

Brayden Bartelds - Taekwon-do

Brayden actively trains as a 3rd degree blackbelt for Gladiators Martial Arts academy and has carried his club's name to countless tournaments around the country and the globe- always placing and bringing home a gold. Brayden consistently brings his all to every training session, pushing his limits and setting the tone for other competitors – this all done with a friendly smile. Brayden spends his evenings after school as an instructor, teaching children ages 5-15 Taekwon-do, then he transitions into training himself after the children classes have finished. During lock down he created and filmed multiple zoom classes for his students so they could keep training. Brayden was training for 2020 worlds in Slovenia which was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.
Jacob Farnsworth - Triathlon

Jacob Farnsworth - Triathlon

2020 would have been an amazing year for Jacob in all of his triathlon competitions. He was training hard and was in peak condition for his many events. When covid happened, it knocked the wind out of his sail, but just for a moment.... As soon as government restrictions eased, he started training individually, as group sessions were still not allowed. He swam, ran, and cycled almost everyday throughout the spring, summer and fall and despite the pandemic was able to accomplish the following in 2020:
  • Part of Team Alberta Development Team
  • Endorphin Cycling and Triathlon Ambassador
  • Featured Athlete for Triathlon Alberta
  • Youngest cyclist and fundraiser for the Tour of Hope at Home Kids with Cancer. 435km cycled in one week and over $2000 raised individually
Nikita Tsyruk - Judo

Nikita Tsyruk - Judo

Nikita competes competitively in Judo events with GP Martial Arts Club House. In 2020 COVID-19 closed most athletic clubs, but it did not stop Nikita from practicing his passion. By working at home and reaching out to his coach, Carlos Grisales, for advice Nikita continually developed his abilities. Though he did not compete as much as he usually does, Nikita has shown outstanding results in personal athletic development.  Nikita’s success for 2020 include:
  • Alberta Winter Games, Airdrie, Nikita fought in weight category of 66 to 73 kg with athletes from U18 division while he was only in his first year of U14 division and won a Bronze Metal.
Edmonton International Judo Championships – Nikita won the Gold Medal, in weight category of 60 to 66 kg in the U14 division
Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club

Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club

The Grande Prairie Piranhas had an amazing start to 2020 that would have only gotten better had it not been cut so short. The team pushed through diversity and learned to train for a water sport through zoom and excelled further. In their short training time, they were able to achieve:
  • 22 swimmers attended for Spring Festival.
  • 5 swimmers were to represent GPP at the Spring Provincials before their cancellation due to COVID.
  • 11 swimmers were going to Spring Championships.
  • 2 Swimmers qualified for Western Championships.
  • 2 swimmers were attending the Junior Nationals.
  • 2 swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials.
  • 1 swimmer received an Invitation to Olympic trails and will hopefully be competing Spring 2021.
  • 1 swimmer received a Swimming Scholarship to a Division 1 university, Indiana University.
Gymniks Ambush - Cheerleading

Gymniks Ambush - Cheerleading

Grande Prairie Gymnastics'  Gymniks Cheerleading Team Ambush had a tough start to their season starting with 18 athletes and coming down to 11 within the first few months. Despite these setbacks the team picked up momentum and strength, supporting each other and becoming better athletes and a stronger team and excelled at provincials and nationals:
  • Cold Snap Classic, All Star Division - Gold
  • Pacific Allstar Championships (PAC) Battle of Champions - Gold
  • At PAC received a Gold Bid invitation to attend US Finals Showcasing the best teams from Canada and US
  • At PAC featured as Varsity Spirit All Star "Team To Watch" being awarded one of the top scores across all divisions
  • True North Cheer Championship, All Star Division - Silver
  • US Finals Championship, All Star Division - Gold
Greg Remple - Football

Greg Remple - Football

Greg Remple is highly respected in the football community and has been refereeing for 38 years. He has officiated all levels of football - peewee, bantam, high School, senior men’s (Alberta Football League), and women’s (Western Canadian Women’s Football League). He has helped organize and instruct at local training clinics for new officials and has been the Head Official for the Grande Prairie Football Officials Assoc. for about 25 years. He was a recipient of the Harold Ferguson official’s award. Greg always takes the time to explain reasons for the calls and tries to help everyone understand the game better. His calm demeanor when faced by upset coaches, fans and players has been a soothing force and has defused many situations. He is a big part of the growth of football in our region and his love for the game and the many years of dedication has had a positive impact on our football community that will be felt for years to come.
Christopher Draves - Basketball

Christopher Draves - Basketball

Christopher Draves has been a volunteer team manager for GPRC Basketball programs for the past ten years.  Better known as "Draves", he has sacrificed his time, finances, and various jobs to ensure that he has a near perfect attendance record to all practices and games. He has done everything from drive the bus to set up fundraising initiatives to in game stat keeping to administrative work and literally everything in between. Drave’s biggest impact is the one he makes on athletes as he is the connective piece for all team members and alumni. He goes above and beyond to connect with athletes individually to ensure they always get what they need, as well as he keeps the mood light and fun with his sense of humour and positive attitude.
Denis Labreque - Football

Denis Labreque - Football

Denis is always there for any player that wants to improve their game or simply needs somewhere to belong. You can count on Denis to be there with the work out plan and the time and the encouragement to help you. Denis has been an assistant coach with the Broncos for the last 2.5 years and spent last year as an assistant coach for the Celtics.  During the Covid 19 restrictions he would spend hours of volunteer time researching at home-work outs and reaching out to his players on both teams to check in on their mental health. He does it because he loves it and he is willing to help in any capacity he can on game days, practice days, and in the off season.
Kimberly Vetter - Ringette

Kimberly Vetter - Ringette

Kim is a co-founder of the Peace Country Ringette club. She was looking for a sport for her daughter to join and enjoy, together with a group of ladies, ringette returned to the Grande Prairie and Area. Kim did not hesitate to take on the role of treasurer. She goes above and beyond and selflessly jumps in when the club needs help – no questions asked. She looks for innovative ways to promote the sport and started Intro to Ringette to help bring awareness to the club. When Kim is not running fundraisers and crunching numbers for the club, she can be found on ice helping the coaches, providing play-by-plays via text, or filling in volunteer roles.
Melissa Poirier - Cross Country Skiing

Melissa Poirier - Cross Country Skiing

Melissa Poirier has been dedicated to the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club for 15 years developing, organizing, and leading the Women's Cross Country Ski Program, Chicks on Sticks. Under her leadership and with her enthusiasm the program has taught and trained hundreds of women athletes. Melissa positively impacts our community by introducing participants to a lifelong sport and benefitting them through health and fitness. She passionately shares the sport by challenging, encouraging, and uplifting others through her volunteer work. During the pandemic she has continued to demonstrate determination by adding safety protocols and reorganization of the program to maintain its operation while adhering to restrictions. Many Alumni of her program have gone on to obtain professional training to become instructors/coaches further developing the sport & athletes in our region.