Award Winners  /  2022

Coach of the Year

Bryan Noel, football

Bryan has been a strong contributing member of the coaching community in Grande Prairie for 15+ years.  In 2021 he coached the St. Joe Celtics to their 7th consecutive MPFL Peace Bowl and ASAA tier 2 Provincial Championships with an undefeated season. Bryan spends upwards of 4 hours daily coaching high school football and supporting the coaches throughout the community of Grande Prairie at various levels of the sport including a Peewee Skill Development Camp in June.

Developmental Coach of the Year

shane morin, football

Shane has coached the sport of football in the community of Grande Prairie for the last 10+ years at every level of the sport. Spending over 6 hours a day during the season enriching the lives of his players and being a positive influence in their lives. During 2021 Shane used every possible opportunity to be accountable to the development of the football athletes in Grande Prairie. 2021 achievements include running a Peewee Developmental Camp, Coaching the Bantam Horner Cup Champions – Grande Prairie Broncos, Football Alberta Tier I 9 Man Provincial Semi-Finalists, MPFL Peace Bowl Champions and  ASAA Provincial Tier II Football Champions

Female Athlete of the Year

sydney kinderwater, judo

Sydney Kinderwater is a member of the Provincial Judo Team.  After her performance in the Quebec open Senior Women’s event in November 2021 where she competed in an age category above her own Sydney was selected to compete in the Elite 8 National Judo Championships and the European Junior Cup in Coimbra. Portugal. She was invited to participate in a special training camp in Lethbridge where she trained with 2020 Olympic bronze medalists Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Jessica Klimkait.

Male Athlete of the Year

teron anderson, football

Teron has had a passion for all sports all his life. Starting in soccer he quickly branched out to hockey and motocross. In 2021, Teron placed 4th in both the Peace Motocross Association MX2 and MX3 Intermediate championships. 2021 was also Teron’s rookie football season. His skill and determination were a vital part of the football team going all the way, winning the ASAA Provincial Tier IV Football, Provincial Champion title where he rushed for 189 yards out of 290 and was named MVP of the provincial game. He was also recognized as the offensive MVP by his team at the year-end banquet.

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

nikita tsyruk

Nikita is an active Judo Alberta provincial team member, and an active member of the GP Wrestling Club.  In both sports, he is the first to step on the mat and the last to leave all while pushing himself beyond his limits. Over the past two years Nikita has overcome many hurdles. Nikita understands teamwork, dedication, goal setting, emotional control, focus, toughness, courage, anxiety, and concentration. Nikita has kept steadily moving forward during this pandemic, by setting alternative milestones and actively working to achieve them. Nikita has a goal of competing in the Judo Nationals in May.

Team of the Year

sexsmith sabres football team, football

Hailing from the small northern community of Sexsmith, the Sexsmith Sabres Football team are the 2021 ASAA Provincial Tier 4 Champions and set the record for the highest tier 4 Provincial final score at 51 points. They had most gained turn overs, most QB sacks and only 14 points scored against in provincial play. They finished the season with an impressive 10-2 record.

Outstanding Official

amanda frayn, swimming

A Swim Canada Red Certified Official, Amanda is a thoughtful, informed, and well-organized leader among her peers. In her role as a referee, she recognizes the importance of capacity building among the officials under her supervision and works closely with the Club to ensure that training opportunities support the development of quality officiating, both in the present and long term. When she is not actively officiating, she lends her knowledge to many clubs in the form of clinics, workshops, and planning activities.  Amanda’s commitment for officiating extends to Peace River and Grande Cache – making difference in the sport of swimming in the Northwest.

Unsung Hero

jodianne noel, football

14 years ago, Jodianne became involved with the Grande Prairie Pee Wee Football League. Her administrative skills have taken this program to new heights from fundraising, online team stores, scheduling, registration, insurance policies, meetings with other Leagues and much more. She has poured her heart and soul into the organization, ensuring that the players, coaches, parents, and volunteers have the best experience possible. She was always able to make uncontrollable circumstances like the pandemic, and covid restrictions doable so that the youth of Grande Prairie could play. Every new season was met with new challenges, and every year she overcame them while making it look effortless.

Sport Builder

dylan bressey, disc golf

In 2010 when Dylan Bressey moved to Grande Prairie, disc golf was relatively unheard of in the region.  Dylan has a “get things done” mentality and quickly got to work to change things for the better. By 2011 he started the Grande Prairie Disc Golf Club and shortly after he designed Grande Prairie’s first course on Thrill Hill.  He has worked tirelessly and been instrumental in the creation of 3-disc golf courses in the region which are known as some of the best in Western Canada.  In addition, he runs clinics, tournaments and goes to schools and other venues to promote disc golf.

community sportsmanship

kitakaze martial arts club, karate

Providing a unique and affordable physical activity option, Kitakaze Martial Arts Club has built a wonderful community for its past and current members with encouraging teachers who push the students to the best of their ability and celebrate each success with them.  Adaptable to a variety of abilities, the club welcomes all who want to try in an inclusive environment.  A community with a support system that extends beyond the gym.  With a local third-degree blackbelt instructor they are able to provide 1st & 2nd degree black belt testing regionally.  The club is a second home to many of its long-time athletes.

lifetime achievement

troy sandboe, basketball

Troy Sandboe has been coach of the Composite High School Basketball team for 30 years. He has dedicated 1000s of hours and over half his life to providing players the opportunity to learn and play basketball at a high level. He is a transformative coach that values hard work, integrity, and dedication.  Troy’s passion and commitment to the game of basketball, his players and community is unsurpassed.  He has developed over 40 athletes for post-secondary, and he remains a good friend and mentor to many of his athletes.  Every season without fail he volunteers his time to also host his Alumni players for an annual tournament.  He was a recipient of an ASAA Northwest Zone Award of Merit in 2020 and recognized at the 2018 Northwest Alberta Sport Excellence Awards as a Coach of the Year nominee. His tireless gift of his time and expertise at the High School and College level makes the lives of all those around him better. Coach Troy is currently also helping the younger generation of athletes grow a love for the game as a coach for Swan City Basketball.