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Northwest Alberta Sport Excellence Awards

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The Grande Prairie Sport Council is printing the following correction notice in lieu of misinformation that we distributed in our last e-newsletter. A council meeting was held after the delivery of the letter, and changes to the Northwest Alberta Sport Award Gala were approved.

The Northwest Alberta Sport Excellence Awards, as they will hereafter be known, will be held March 7, 2015 at the Stonebridge Hotel. Nominations for award recipients will be accepted until January 31 of the same year.  Nominated individuals should live within a 100 Km radius of the City of Grande Prairie. This mean the catchment area extends from approximately northwest to Spirit River, east to Debolt and south halfway between Grande Cache and Grovedale.

The following categories are open for nominations:

High Performance Awards:

These awards are to recognize athletes and coaches excelling at local, provincial, national or international sanctioned competitions in 2014

  • Female and Male Athlete of the Year

  • Female and Male Team of the Year

  • Coach of the Year

Community Awards:

These awards are to recognize individuals who have provided positive sport experiences in Northwest Alberta. These are individuals that understand the power of sport to strengthen people and communities. People in this category would likely never ask for or expect to be given an award for their contributions, and we wish to honour their humility and their dedication to sport in our area.

  • Developmental Coach of the Year. Recognizes coaches that develop competitive athletes at a grassroots level.

  • Outstanding Official. Recognizes officials working at higher competition levels who are committed to developing officials at a local level.

  • Sport Builder. Recognizes outstanding commitment to developing a club or sports event with a positive impact on the community.

  • Unsung hero. Recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions that have made a positive impact on others, and often comes with self-sacrifice.

  • Sport Citizen. Recognizes the contributions of athletes under 25 years old that reflect passion, spirit and dedication to sport by giving back to their community.

  • Community Spirit. Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a sport club or team in developing sportsmanship in their community.

More information on each of the award categories and nomination packages can be found at  

Face-Off For the Century: One Hundred Years Of Grande Prairie Hockey

By Stan Neufeld 
In 2003 the Grande Prairie Hockey Legends Project was born to capture and record the city's rich hockey history by selecting and paying tribute to individuals who have been instrumental in the development of the game of hockey in our community. It is more than just a game; it is a window into the cities social, psychological, cultural and economic fabric. In recognition of the role that hockey has played over the years plans are in place to record the manner in which the sport has evolved during the past century. “Face-Off For The Century” represents the first episode in a series “One Hundred years of Grande Prairie Hockey.” We invite you to follow the series to see how the sport has evolved, how it has influenced and in turn been influenced by the context in which it has flourished.

Read "Face-Off" the first episode of our story

Game on! Focusing on Healthy Lifestyle for Young Boys

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie & Area is looking for fun, male role models between the ages of 18 and 30 who are interested in providing support, role modelling and guidance to a group of boys on living a healthy active lifestyle!
Game On is a fun and interactive group mentoring program run in partnership with area schools. It takes place on school property, after school for seven sessions. Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently recruiting new volunteers for Spring 2015 sessions!
To find out more watch a video showing the program in action, or contact Big Brothers Big Sisters today!


   Derek Taylor Public School

Attention Sport and/or Health Organizations!


On January 29th, 2015, Derek Taylor Public School will host their 7th annual Student Convention.  The theme of this years convention is student wellness.  The goals are to build interest in lifelong learning within the students, to introduce them to the organizations & services in our community that support wellness and to raise awareness of the importance of finding balance in life to remain physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. There will be 170 students in Grades 7 & 8 taking part in the full day event and 30 or more speakers are needed to provide numerous opportunities for the students to learn from individuals skilled and more importantly passionate in their specific area. 

Derek Taylor invites you speak with their students about your organization, profession, passion, hobby or sport.  You may like to touch on the education or training required and your experiences that led you to pursue your interest in these area.  Your presentation might speak about the types of services and supports that you or your organization offer our community.  Interactive activities that demonstrate skills or allow for student participation are encouraged.  This opportunity not only provides the students a chance to hear from you, but also a chance for you to promote your passion amongst students in our community.  

For more information about this event contact Bryan Funk at   or (780) 357-9174 ext. 2502.  

Since Try-It Day we have received a handful of people looking for contact info for sport organizations in the community. On the Sport Council's there is an online Sport Directory with over 130 sports listed...spread the word!

The first ever Grande Prairie Winter Triathlon will be happening January 25, 2015 at South Bear Creek.

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