Sport Council Newsletter

The Grande Prairie Sport Council is a volunteer driven, non 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.

This e-newsletter goes out twice a month. If you would like to share your information with the community email 

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In this issue:

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:  


Strategies & Skills for More Effective Grant Applications Workshop

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 29, 2015

Grant writing is hard, time consuming work with no guarantee of a positive result.  However, funders do have money and they want to give it to deserving organizations.  The workshop focuses on skills and strategies to develop effective grant applications.  Trainer is Cheryl King of Greenleaf Consulting. 

For more information 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:

Summer Camps 

It's not too late to sign up for summer camps!

Check out the Grande Prairie Sport Council website for links to camps around the region.
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Upcoming Events & Programs 

Performance Training Groups  July and August 
Creating strong, powerful and durable athletes

Philosophy/Approach ASDC provides developmentally appropriate performance training based on sport science. Sessions are led by experienced and university educated Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). Training develops the right physical attributes at the right time with focus on technical proficiency and movement mechanics to take you to the next level of sport.

  • Training Outcomes
  • Develop attributes required for athletic success: strength, speed, power, agility, and quickness
  • Decrease likelihood of injury
  • Increase ability to train hard over a longer period of time
  • Program Highlights
  • Train in a College setting and build your recruitment appeal
  • Led and designed by Sport Performance Professionals
  • Weekly skill/strength based progress evaluations to adapt program for maximum results
  • 2 to 4 Integrated group Sport Psychology sessions with a certified Mental Performance Consultant
  • Motivating multi-sport environment

Click here for dates and online registration 

Still accepting registrations  
For more information or to register: or call 780 539 2072
Summer Swim Lessons 

Spaces still open! to register!
Contact: Vallyn Schmidt, Recreation Programmer 
Phone: 780-357-8728 

A.P.E (Alternative Physical Education)


Reserve your spot in Grande Prairie's own Parkour education class. Give your kids a top notch athletic foundation, while they learn to train and play both safely and respectfully outdoors.

Canadian Parkour facility.
Duathlon Series (Run 3KM, Bike 8KM, Run 3KM)June 18, July 16, August 20 – 2015

3 events, 3 different courses, 1 location – South Bear Creek

Beat the Bear will be a sprint series over the course of 3 months. 

Once a month on Thursday night, the registrants will meet, race and conquer the Bear.

For more information or to register:


SAVE THE DATE: September 18 & 19.

Physical Literacy & Sport for life Summit Grande Prairie 

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

CS4L Grande Prairie will integrate physical literacy concepts, increasing opportunities for participation in play, physical activity and sport. Strengthening the community and building capacity in all sectors related to physical activity.

Joining us at the CS4L Grande Prairie Summit will be Dr. Dean Kriellaars and Dr. Doug Gleddie. 

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 of Elementary Physical Education at the University of Alberta.

Sport, Recreation, Education & Health Leaders - mark your calendars. This is a summit you won't want to miss. Building Physical Literacy - one piece at a time.

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Money, Money, Money

Athlete Enhancement Program Scholarship 

Applications due August 1st, 2015

Honorariums for volunteers:

The City of GP needs a group to do a flyer drop in the City.  10,000 households in the areas that are going to be impacted by the Tour of Alberta road closures.  They have printed door knockers that need to be distributed and are willing to pay 9 cents a drop.
This would suit a group with a lot of kids and parents with vehicles to move around the neighbourhoods putting them on doorknobs.  They are hoping to do this the last week of July or second week of August.
Contact is Rebecca Leigh at the City of Grande Prairie
Phone: 780-357-4969

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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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Community Corner

For Immediate Release


The Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Dawson, to the position of Grande Prairie Piranhas Head Coach/ Director of Swimming starting August 2015.

Alex brings to the swimming program a wealth of technical knowledge from coaching in the UK for and international competition experience. Mr. Dawson's coaching experience includes

Great Britain World Cup Coach, Great Britain World Junior Championship Coach , British Swimming World Class Development Club Coach, British Swimming Select Coach, ASA England Talent Regional Head Coach. Coach Alex has also received awards as the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2010 as well as the British Swimming Coaches Association Alan Hime Memorial Award 2010.

In recent years he has coached swimmers to outstanding levels: Commonwealth Youth Champion, European Youth Olympic Champion , European Junior double Champion, WISE International Champions, UK School Games Champions, British Age and Junior Record Holders.

Coach Alex and his family are looking forward to moving the city of Grande Prairie. The Eastlink Center with the 50M Olympic Pool, as well as the other connected training facilities are very attractive to building a competitive club. The added bonus is the many resources and opportunities for young families in our city.

The GPP are very excited for the coming changes to the club operations and the success the swimmers in the coming season. 

GPP President Jennifer Metituk said of Dawson "Our club is very fortunate to have secured Alex Dawson as our new Director of Swimming/ Head Coach. We have a wealth of up and coming talent that could see many successes with a coach with his skills and abilities."

The GPP Season begins the first week of September with Rookie Week- Rookie Week is primarily for children who are able to swim at least one length, and use the week to assess their skill for placement in one of 6 competitive & development programs offered. Returning members will be swimming Aug 24-28th. Rookie Week registration will made available online at

The Breakfast with the Boys Committee would like to invite you to our Leading Change workshop this summer!

Back in October 2014, our Breakfast with the Boys event had Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Larry Wruck speak to ending violence against women and healthy masculinity.  It was also an opportunity for us to launch our new city-funded program Playing to Win.  Since then, the Playing to Win program has been renamed as Leading Change

The Leading Change workshop is an interactive full day workshop that has participants and facilitators interacting with scenarios, exercises, and media clips and discussing how to be an active bystander in ending unhealthy ideas of masculinity, femininity, and sex.  Attached to this email is even more information about the workshop. 

The Leading Change workshop you're invited to will be happening Saturday August 15th, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  The Location is the training room at Pace (10031 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB) with the entrance being on the east side of the building. There is an hour lunch break (lunch is not provided) and the workshop is free!

This workshop will have male participants only. 

To register, contact Pace at 780-539-6692. 
If you have any questions, you can contact Jon Nesbitt at Pace by phone or email him at
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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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