Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - January 2015
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Name: Matt Joosten
Age: 21
Sport: Mogul Skiing
When did you start competing in your sport? What inspired you to start?
I started skiing when I was 3 years old. I started out racing, learning how to use my edges and really learning how to ski. I then started Freestyle because I loved to jump and find my own creative way down the mountain. I then realized this was more for me and I entered some local competitions and fell in love.
What are some recent achievements in your sporting career?
My goal when I started competing was to one day ski for Canada on the National Team. The last few years I have been working hard to obtain this goal, and last April I was asked to join the team. This has been my biggest achievement in not only sport but in my life.
What are your short and long-term goals?
My goal within the next few years is to ski on the World Cup Team and to get good enough results to make the Olympic Team for 2018 in Korea. 
When did you begin training at The Athlete Factory and how has it helped you in your sport?
I began training at The Athlete Factory about two and a half years ago, and it has changed my view on training totally. Being able to be quick while staying in control is HUGE in mogul skiing. Since I started working out at AF I have worked lots on speed and control, and it has had a major impact on my skiing.
Who is your role model and why do you look up to them?
My role model has always been Bobby Orr because my Dad was a huge fan. I really liked his style of play and his attitude both on and off the ice. 
On January 30th we open our doors and welcome you to come meet our staff, ask us questions and sample our training methods.
Who: Existing clients or new to AF, all are welcome! Coaches, Athletes, Parents, etc.
When: 6pm-9pm
Where: Bay 6 - 510, 77 Ave SE, Calgary, T2H 1C3
Register: There is NO fee, but we encourage you to register to confirm your spot! 
 We will have four training stations set up where you can learn, observe and in some cases experience our methods with respect to the squat, Olympic lifting, speed & acceleration (track) and plyometrics.  

You will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of industry leaders. Listen to our Founder & Director of Athlete Performance & Coach Development Paul Balsom discuss his experience and groundbreaking research into acceleration. Hear from Director of Sports Therapy Dr Richard Robinson and his team as they discuss common sports injuries and rehabilitation. Talk to some of our Senior Strength & Conditioning Coaches as they speak about long term athlete development and more!

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Paul Balsom, Director of Athlete Performance and Coach Development, spent some time consulting at Lake Nona Golf Course in Orlando, Florida recently. He was invited in by PGA Conditioning Coach Mitch Sadowsky, who coaches PGA Professionals Ian Poulter & Graeme McDowell.

Jan 7 - Performance Testing at 5:30pm
Jan 13 - CANCELLED Performance Testing at 7:30pm
Jan 18 - Recovery Session at 12pm
Jan 24 - Performance Testing at 10am 
The World Anti-Doping Agency is introducing new policies with the aim of getting tougher on cheats, and making it easier for clean athletes to compete. The 2015 Code amendments provide for longer periods of Ineligibility for real cheats, and more flexibility in sanctioning in other specific circumstances. The updated policy now prohibits athletes from associating with support personnel, like coaches or trainers, who are sanctioned and/or criminally convicted of doping; this helps protect athletes against those who would abuse positions of power and influence. If your sport follows the WADA code, ensure you are familiar with all the policy updates. For a full summary of changes, please visit their website.

Train every day at The Athlete Factory!

Memberships are available to our athletes for only $30 a month. Memberships give you full use of the facility during our open hours. It’s a great way to make sure you get in all of your training sessions – and our coaches are always on hand to help! 

Applications for the 2015 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund are now available!

National Team Athletes - do not miss out on this funding opportunity!

Deadline for applications is January 30th, 2015. Click here for more details and to access the application.

"Winners never quit and quitters never win."

– Vince Lombardi

Welcome Physiotherapist Shannon Forsyth!
We are excited to announce the addition of a great physiotherapist to our sports therapy team!

Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, Shannon has taken her Level 1 Manual Therapy and her Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She has also taken a course on Concussion Management and will be taking a Functional Dry-Needling Course in January. Before becoming a physiotherapist, Shannon worked as an Athletic Therapist for three years with various sports teams including hockey, rugby, soccer, basketball, and volleyball at high school and collegiate levels. Shannon also worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the university level. Shannon’s approach to treating orthopaedic and sports injuries includes a balance of muscle, joint, and exercise techniques. 

Contact us at 403 255 7703 to book an appointment at our Sports Therapy Clinic. 

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Cascade swimmer Kirstie Kasko put together a strong race in the 100 Breast at Can Am beating out her main competition, rival and long time friend, Justine Morrier from Quebec with a time of 1:30.10.
Congrats to Sheldon Rempal on making Hockey Canada Team West for the World Junior A Challenge!
Congrats to our Mustangs Lacrosse athletes for their success at the Adrenaline Challenge in San Diego! Athlete Factory coaches Tyler and Nick travelled with the teams to provide conditioning support! 
Good luck to Summer Masikewich at the Canada Cadette basketball assessment camp in Toronto!
Congratulations Jeff Maier, who came 2nd in his weight category in the City Wrestling Championships! 
Good luck to water skier Geneva Roach who is in Peru for the World Junior Championships! 
Big congratulations to mogul skiers Luke Ulsifer and Matt Joosten! Luke won double GOLD at Canada Selections, and Matt finished 6th. Luke Ulsifer also competed in the Freestyle Ski World Cup at Canada Olympic Park this past weekend and was recently featured in the Calgary Herald

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