Sport Council Newsletter

The Grande Prairie Sport Council is a volunteer driven, not for profit organization representing and serving the Grande Prairie regional sport community.

We serve as a collective voice for sport in our region, striving for quality sport experiences for all and attracting, creating and retaining sport tourism opportunities for Grande Prairie region.

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In this issue:

Upcoming Events & Programs 

Physical Literacy & Sport for life Summit Grande Prairie 

Sport 4 Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

Joining us at the CS4L Grande Prairie Summit will be Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Dr. Doug Gleddie & Richard Way.

Dr. Dean Kriellaars is the Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kriellaars has worked extensively in the field of physical literacy for well over a decade.

Dr. Doug Gleddie is the Assistant Professor for Elementary Physical Education at the University of Alberta. Sport, Recreation, Education & Health leaders - mark your calendars. This is a summit you wont want to miss. Building Physical Literacy - one piece at a time.

Dr. Richard Way is an architect of Canadian Sport for Life + the Long Term Athlete Development Framework. As a senior leader for the CS4L Leadership team, he has provided guidance to 56 National Sport Organizations in Canada.

Optional: Sunday September 20th Fundamental Movement Skills Community Leadership Workshop (8:30 am to 4:30pm) Workshop is not included in the $95.00 registration fee. 

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Program at a Glance 

Grande Prairie Legends of Hockey Induction, October 3rd @ Coca-Cola Centre


As part of the 2015  Induction  festivities, Clint Malarchuk  has   been   selected as  the newest member of the Legends of Grande Prairie Hockey,  and will be honoured at the Official Induction luncheon at the Coca Cola Legends Lounge on Saturday , October 3.
“I’m from Grande Prairie and I’m very proud of that,” asserts Clint Malarchuk who was born in Grande Prairie and moved to Edmonton at the age of five.  Whenever possible he returned to Grande Prairie, where Clint insists he learned to skate and play hockey. On his Uncle Max Henning’s  acreage outside of Grande Prairie and at the Finch’s farm, he developed his  love for horses leading to his hockey nickname “The Cowboy Goalie”.  Following his junior ranks in Portland, Clint played NHL hockey for fifteen years with the Quebec Nordique, Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres earning a positive win/loss record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, and 12 shutouts.  He then moved to coaching in the minors as Head Coach with the Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steel Heads, and as goalie coach for the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames.  During an NHL game in 1989 Clint’s throat was slashed by an opposing player’s skate and but for the quick thinking of the team’s trainer, Jim Pizzutelli, he would have bled to death on the ice.  However, Clint is not defined either by his record as an NHL player or by the highly publicized accident on the ice.  In 2014 with the help of Dan Robson, Clint completed his autobiography, The Crazy Game: How I Survived In The Crease and Beyond.  It was the most difficult assignment in which he had ever engaged, exposing the emotional demons that had haunted him all of his life leading to a suicide attempt. Clint reports that all the pain and struggles are made worthwhile when at book signings people share things such as “Thanks, you saved my life.”  Now that’s powerful stuff.
Clint Malarchuk, a Grande Prairie Hockey Legend in 2015.

 Biography-written by Stan Neufeld

Try-It Day is an annual event for youth 6-12 to explore sports for FREE! All participants receive a free Try-It Day T-shirt. Try-It Day is hosted in several facilities. 

Thank you to the following facilities that have partnered with this event so far:
  • Eastlink Centre
  • Crosslink County Sportsplex
  • GP Curling Club
  • Maude Clifford Community Gym
  • GP Martial Arts Academy
  • Grande Prairie Gymnastics Centre
  • Wapiti Shooters Club

Try-It Day planning has been underway for some time now and we are thrilled to announced that the following sport organizations will be participating:
  • Gymniks All-Stars Cheerleading 
  • Gymniks Parkour 
  • Wapiti Shooters Club 
  • Grande Prairie Fencing Club 
  • A.P.E. (Alternative Phycical Education) Parkour
  • GPRC Climbing Gym 
  • Komodo Academy - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 
  • Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association 
  • Eastlink Racquetball 
  • Hip Flick Hoops
  • Eastlink Squash League  
  • Grande Prairie Synquatics Club 
  • Eastlink Rec Dive Club 
  • Water Polo 
  • GP Arm Wrestling Club 
  • Grande Prairie Minor Ball Association 
  • Piranhas Swim Club 
  • Grande Prairie Lacrosse Association 
  • People's White Crane Kung Fu
  • Shorinryu Karate Club
  • Sexsmith Figure Skating Club 
  • GP Curling Club 
  • Horangi TKD
  • Wolves Badminton Club 

Watch our website at  for new sports that join on!

Registration opens November 1st @ 8am


Roger's Hometown Hockey Tour Scheduled To Stop In Sunny GP! 

Grande Prairie will be one of the stops on this year’s Hometown Hockey Tour. The city will be featured during the January 17th broadcast of the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Host Ron McLean will be in town to feature NHL alumni, hometown heroes, and local entertainment. Fans can take in a two days of free outdoor festivities celebrating everything hockey in our community.

McLean argues the tour of 24 towns over the 2015/2016 season is a “uniquely Canadian experience.”

Erica Fisher - September 10, 2015 

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Upcoming Workshops/Seminars

Upcoming Workshops/Seminars (for more information click on links)

Board Development Program Open Workshop

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 19, 2015

Presented in partnership with the Board Development Program, this workshop is one every volunteer board member, whether new or experienced, should take.  You need to know what your legal responsibilities are and what, you, personally, could be held accountable for; and enhance your skills and work effectively as a team member.  

For more info or to register:  

Using Media & Social Media for Non-Profits

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 22, 2015

Find out what tools and resources you can use to get the word out about your organization and events. What is the best method to approach the media? How can you have an impact on social media? Come with your questions. 

For more information or to register:


Part A 
October 23 & 24 (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm)
GPRC Fairview Campus

Part B 
November 6 & 7 (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm) 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

Competition Development Psychology of Performance 
November 20 6-9:30pm and November 21 9am-12:30pm 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

Competition Development Managing Conflict
November 21 1:30pm – 6:00pm 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

*Registration is now only available through the Coaching Association of Canada’s Coach Locker. Courses will be posted & registration open Aug 21st: Click here for link to website 

Calling all Coaches!!
Northern Extreme Freestyle Ski Club (NEF) will be hosting an Entry Level Freestyle Coaching Clinic this Dec 5-7. The clinic covers on and off hill skills and coaching techniques with emphasis on proper turning technique, and intro to moguls, park, and slopestyle training. We do not often get such courses in Grande Prairie so please contact us to save your spot!! 
Course Details:
- on hill technical work
-classroom/ video work
-discusses safety & ethics
-daily coaching plans etc.
- 3 day course (Dec 5-7)
- cost $325
Contact Amber to save your spot: (780)-402-4056 /
See you on the slopes!!
Northern Extreme Freestyle
NEF website


Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta 
2015 Impact Grant Applications. 

Due September 30, 2015

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Volunteer Opportunities


There are exciting volunteer opportunities fot two major curling events – The Canada Cup which is in Grande Prairie December 2-6, and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts which will be here in February 2016.  Canada Cup information is available here, and the Scotties here 

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Grande Prairie Regional Sport Calendar

Stay up to date on the sport events in the GP region by checking our sport calendar regularly!
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 Sport Council Membership  

Purchase Membership

Sport advocates that become members of the Grande Prairie Sport Council have an opportunity to play a role in influencing the growth and enhancement of sport in our region.

Members include individuals, sport and other community organizations, and business. Only individual members may hold office.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member check out our website at
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