Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - December 2017

The Factory News

January 2018

This Month's Featured Athlete

Alyson MacDougall
18, Rugby, National
As a multi-sport athlete, Alyson MacDougall had a tough choice to make as she made it to higher and higher levels.

“I play rugby and hockey, but I decided to play rugby at the highest level,” Alyson says.

Alyson was introduced to rugby while attending Notre Dame High School. During that time, she began to train at the Athlete Factory as part of the Rugby Alberta development program.

“It was the first time I was identified as having untapped potential to develop as a rugby player and high-level athlete,” she says.

Now a member of the University of Calgary Dino Women’s Rugby Team, where she plays as a second or back-row forward, Alyson says that the opportunity to train at the Athlete Factory was invaluable in getting her to where she is today.

“Not only did the program help me improve my rugby skills, but the strength and conditioning portions gave me a new sense of discipline,” Alyson says. “I also gained insight into how to properly train my body to prepare for a season of play.”

For Alyson, training at the Athlete Factory helped elevate her game, on and off the field. “The coaches and athletes at the Athlete Factory are a different breed of committed and hardworking people. When I bought into the culture and the atmosphere, it encouraged me to work harder in everything I do.”

Alyson also credits the relationship of trust she developed with her coaches as being beneficial to her overall development. “I worked closely with Coach Doug and Coach Juul, and it really furthered my training that I was able to trust that the work I was putting in was being doubled by them behind the scenes. They spent time building my programs and constantly checking in to make sure I was on the right track.”

Since working with Athlete Factory coaches, not only Alyson set and reached training goals like setting many personal-bests and making it onto the record-board for heaviest squat in her age group, Alyson also achieved one of the biggest goals she set the moment she started playing rugby.

“I wanted to make the U18 Team Canada 15’s Rugby team,” Alyson says. “The Athlete Factory helped me work specifically towards my goals, and I was able to put on the maple leaf jersey and represent Canada alongside 24 of the best female rugby players in the country.”

The opportunity to play for Canada will long be one of Alyson’s most cherished memories. “I think something that will stay with me forever is the Team Canada jersey presentation. It took place on parliament hill during the excitement of the Canada 150 celebration in Ottawa. Being presented with that national team jersey made me feel grateful and blessed to have the opportunity and the tools to pursue my dreams.”

The experience was made all the more special by the fact that Alyson was presented her jersey by Jen Boyed, a Team Canada rugby coach and national level athlete who she has looked up to since taking up rugby.

With all her hard work, dedication and impressive abilities, Alyson is truly on her way to being someone that up-and- coming athletes will look up to in their turn.

“If I could give one piece of advice to aspiring high-level athletes, it would be that you deserve to pursue any goals that are important to you, no matter what other people think of them,” she says.

“You need to be willing to make sacrifices. In high school, I may have gone to more parties or spent more time with friends if I didn’t want to play on the national rugby team, but I wouldn’t trade the feeling of putting on that jersey for anything.”

In the upcoming year, Alyson will be working hard with the Dinos. “I would like to bring home a medal from nationals,” she says. “We fell short this past year, but we are already preparing hard for next season.”

Alyson is also hoping for the chance to represent Canada again as a member of U20 Team

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from Our Athletes This Month

Not just one but TWO of our football athletes have made it to the CFL. 

Congratulations to Michael Klukas, a national receiver, has been signed to the Calgary Stampeders after completing his 5th and final year with the University of Calgary Dinos. 
Congratulations to Brenden Thera-Plamondon, wide receiver of the University of Calgary Dinos for the past four years has been signed to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. 

We see the work these two athletes put in to make these dreams a reality. Way to go!
Aiden Pincombe has decided to further his lacrosse career by accepting a scholarship to Florida Southern College after his graduation from Trinity-Pawling School this spring. We are excited to see him in the next level of his athletic career!
Karate athlete, Cole Visser, set his mind to making it to his first World Karate & Kickboxing Commission (WKC) World's Championship by the end of 2017. Making Team Canada in May, he competed in the WKC Championship in November where he ranked 8th in the world for his weight class.  An amazing accomplishment for his first World Championships!
A well deserved congratulations goes out to football athlete, Nick Watson of the Centennial Coyotes High School football program as he will be joining the UofC Dinos football roster next Fall.  
Great job Nick, we love seeing our athletes continue their sport into post secondary!
Track and Field athlete, Ali Carruthers, competed in the Dino's Opener in Calgary. She ran a personal best time of 7.70s in the 60m dash and won second place at the meet. She also won first place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.07s.
Catherine Carruthers, track and field athlete, competed in the Dino's Opener in Calgary. She ran a personal best time of 8.03s in the 60m and placed 2nd in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.17s.
Another one of our track and field athletes, Ella Clayton won the 800m for 14 year old girls at the Dino Opener at a time of 2.28.98s.
Also, we loved having Jan Hudec, 2014 Olympic Bronze medalist in super-G, back in the gym over the holidays as he preps for 2018 Olympics in South Korea. 

February Booster Program

We are running a booster program during the Family Day long weekend for current active, new and returning athletes.
Select from two or three days. The program runs February 15, 16 and 19th from 12-2pm.
More details to come!

New Year, New You

For those of you looking to get back into the gym we also offer Personal Training sessions with our Strength and Conditioning coaches. We offer one-on-one, semi-private and even group sessions. Call us today at 403.255.7703 or go to our website to book your complimentary consultation to get started!
Important Dates
Performance Testing
January 13 @ 2pm
January 22 @ 8pm
February 2 @ 6pm

Meet our New Massage Therapist

Christel Graham, RMT

Christel is a registered massage therapist with the CRMTA (Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association). She completed the 3000 hour Advanced Clinical Massage Diploma Program at MaKami College, graduating in the top of her class. Always having had a passion for preventative and injury related healthcare, Christel studied sports medicine throughout high school. 

Christel is trained in a wide variety of massage techniques; having a special interest in deep tissue, myofascial release (manual and cupping), orthopedic assessment and injury management. Always wanting to customize each client’s massage to best fit their body and comfort level, Christel enjoys taking a variety of continuing education courses to bring new tools into her practice. Having personally experienced the downfalls of trying to medicate symptoms away, Christel is a passionate advocate for listening to your body and getting to the root of the problem.

Call today to book your appointment with Christel 403.255.7703

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