Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - February 2018

The Factory News

February 2018

This Month's Featured Athlete

Ali Carruthers 
18, Track and Field, Sprinter/Hurdler

Sometimes we forget that the feeling like an athlete mentally and emotionally can be as important as feeling like an athlete physically.

Alexandra Carruthers began competing in track and field when she was in the eighth grade. She began to focus on sprint and hurdle events, and there is no denying she had a talent for it.

“In the ninth grade, my sister Catherine and I competed with two other teammates in the Junior High City Championships 4X100 relay. We won the race by eight full seconds, no one could believe it! It was so memorable,” she says.

Unfortunately, Alexandra was constantly plagued with a number of minor but nagging injuries that hindered her progress.

“A friend suggested that my sister and I try to connect with Paul Balsom at the Athlete Factory,” Alexandra says. “We started training with weights and on the track at the Factory twice a week. I noticed right away that my injuries started to improve, and we both got stronger and stronger.”

Then, a devastating knee injury after an accident in a bouncy-castle caused tears to Alexandra’s ACL, MCL and Patella tendons. While she says it was devastating not to be able to do all the things she was normally able to, she did find a silver lining.

“The biggest blessing was that I was able to rehab at the Athletes Factory, it was so important for me to still feel like I was still an athlete,” she says.

“I worked with my physiotherapist, chiropractor and training coach, and after 20 months of rehab I was able to compete for the first time in over two years.”

While she admits it might sound cheesy, her advice to young athletes has become “never give up.”

“Many people thought I would never be able to run at the level I was at before my injury again,” she says.

It has now been a year since that first competition back, and at eighteen-years- old, Alexandra’s laser focus and dedication to her training have left her feeling fitter, faster and stronger than ever.

This past December, Alexandra ran the 60-meter dash in 7.7 seconds, ranking her as the fastest U18 sprinter in Canada. “I am so thankful for the training I have gotten at the Athlete Factory,” she says.

In the coming year, Alexandra hopes to continue improving her 60-meter hurdle and 60-meter dash times. “My other goal is to go to the University of Toronto when I finish high school and compete on their Track and Field team, which is ranked number one in Canada.”

After everything she has overcome to get to where she is now, it’s unlikely there’s anything that can stand in her way.

The Athlete Factory is off to Rome

Athlete Factory Director Paul Balsom and Head of S&C Robin Bauer have been invited to AS Roma by their Performance Director Darcy Norman. The top-tier professional football club is based in Rome, Italy, and Paul and Robin will spend 8 days at their training facility this month. The purpose of the trip is two-fold, primarily Paul will present to the Roma performance staff his doctorate research related to improved methods for speed/acceleration training, with relevant links to strength and endurance methods and injury prevention. He and Robin will share the Athlete Factory approach and conditioning philosophy, which is becoming more and more recognized and sought after around the world. At the same time, Paul and Robin will have a chance to observe the Roma team in training and game, and learn about the methods employed by the Roma performance staff. 

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from Our Athletes this Month

Congratulations to Olympic Alpine Skier, Jan Hudec. Jan is off to Pyeongchang, South Korea to compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He’s hoping to add to his Olympic medal collection!
Congratulations to the UofC Dinos Synchro team who placed second at Westerns in Vancouver last month and is on their way to Nationals this month. Could not be more proud! 

Rugby Player, NIck Blevins made the starting roster for the National Men's 15’s team who played Uruguay in a set of qualifier matches for the 2019 World Cup. Blevins scored in the 1st game, unfortunately Canada fell short to Uruguay in both games. 
National Rugby athlete, Cole Davis joined Blevins when he was called up to the squad to play against Uruguay in the second round on Saturday February 3rd. 
Mogul Skier, Luke Ulsifer, ended up with a 2nd place at the first Noram of the year in Quebec. Way to start 2018 off right! Good luck on the rest of your season.

Check out his run here.

Caleigh Boeckx from the REX Soccer program, was recently selected to the Canada Soccer U20 Camp in Burnaby, BC. Amazing opportunity for such a talented athlete!
Ryan Portello, Mogul Skier, had a great year in 2017, making the national team and finishing off the year by winning the second singles competition during the Canada Cup in December. Way to go Ryan, excited to see how 2018 goes!
Peyton Krebs, member of the Kootenay Ice Hockey team also finished off 2017 with a bang being named WHL rookie of the month in December. 
If you live in Calgary, you will be seeing a lot more of Dakota Krebs, who was traded to the Calgary Hitmen after playing with the Tri-City Americans since 2015.
Great to have you in Calgary!
Coming up Next Month!!

"Mean" Hakeem Dawodu makes his debut in the UFC on March 17th, 2018 in London, England against Danny "The Hatchet" Henry. Make sure you all tune in to watch!
Paraolympic Snowboarder, MIchelle Salt is headed to the Paralympic games in South Korea March 9-18th. This will be Michelle's second appearance at the games. 

February Booster Program

Stay above the rest! Get in over the Family Day long weekend.

Current, Returning or New Athletes.
Boost your current commitment!
Add technical (strength) sessions and group (sprint, jump and energy system) sessions over the break.
Dates and Times
12-2pm - February 15
12-2pm - February 16
12-2pm - February 19
*Each day will be a technical session followed by a group session.

Registration Deadline February 12
To register please call 403.255.7703 or email
Please indicate which days you will be attending.
*Must be 14+ years old. Other conditions may apply.

Our Sports Therapy Clinic is looking to give back!

We are reaching out to Firefighters, Police Officers and Paramedics!

15% of all therapy treatment for you and your family will be donated to

Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society

Services Available at the Athlete Factory



Massage Therapy

Concussion Management

Shockwave Therapy

Contact the clinic today at 403.255.7703 to book your appointment!

Important Dates
Performance Testing
February 10 @ 2pm
February 26 @ 8pm
March 2 @ 6pm
Holiday Hours
February 19th 9am-4pm


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Available at Reception. 
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