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County Sportsplex Groundbreaking

Media Advisory– For Immediate Release Wednesday, August 31, 2011
County Sportsplex Groundbreaking

When: Tuesday, September 6, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Where: 1 mile west of the County Administration Building on 84 Ave., ½ mile south on 108 St. Site is located on east side of road.
Who: County of Grande Prairie No. 1
Reeve Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie
County of Grande Prairie Council members
Why: The public is invited to join the County of Grande Prairie at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the commencement of the construction of the County Sportsplex. The 176,043 square-foot regional facility will house two ice rinks and an indoor soccer pitch.

County Sportsplex Budget

Council approved the new budget for the guaranteed price of $29,192,359. The original budget was $26 million. Administration attributed the higher than anticipated tenders to the decision to expand the size of the indoor soccer facility to a full half pitch and running track. This was a 36% increase (47,173 sq. ft.) in the size of the facility. The cost per sq. ft. actually dropped from $189 in the original proposal to $175.54 after tendering. The funds will be taken from the Capital Reserve Fund.

Western Canada Summer Games Results

August 15, 2011
Team Alberta claims record number of medals at Western Canada Summer Games
432-member team achieves top-two finish and 224 medals
Edmonton… Team Alberta smashed records and personal best performances to close out a successful 2011 Western Canada Summer Games with a back-to-back second place finish in medals and overall points.

Coming off a strong performance in 2007, Team Alberta continued to close the gap against B.C. in the race for top provincial honours, wrapping up the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops with 224 medals: 53 gold, 91 silver, 80 bronze, and 187 trophy points.  Trophy points are awarded based on the performance of all athletes and determine the winner of the Games Trophy.  British Columbia claimed top spot winning 253 medals and 213 points.  Manitoba with 166 points and Saskatchewan with 133 medals split third place.

Team Alberta also set eight records during the 10-day competition, including a new national age group record in the 50m Freestyle swim event set by St. Albert’s Paige Kremer with a time of 25:52.

“Albertans are extremely proud of all our participants whose efforts and performances contributed to the success of the Games,” said Cindy Ady, minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.  “The Western Canada Summer Games are a fantastic development opportunity for an athlete but also as a representative of our province.  All participants have represented Alberta very well at these Games.  We look forward to showcasing our Alberta spirit when the Games return to Wood Buffalo in 2015.”

Despite breaking her collarbone during a training event on Saturday, Team Alberta’s only dual-sport athlete Kinley Gibson of Edmonton proudly led her team into Sunday’s closing ceremony carrying the Alberta flag.  Gibson won four medals in her two sports during the Games; two silver medals during week one in triathlon and two bronze in week two’s cycling event.  Team Alberta banner carriers included Jessica Wong of Medicine Hat, Josephine Wu of Edmonton, Miranda Rau of Calgary and Ian Kennedy of Calgary.

Kennedy showed heart and fearless determination after he left the Games early Saturday morning to mourn the tragic loss of his mother, who passed away from terminal brain cancer. Kennedy returned to competition in time for his races on Sunday, where he helped his rowing team win two bronze medals in the men’s pairs and fours races.

“We knew we had a strong team going into the Games, both on and off the field,” said Scott Fraser, Team Alberta Chef de Mission. “They have overcome enormous obstacles to perform their best as athletes in their pursuit of excellence and as young adults.”

Other Games highlights for Team Alberta include 68 medals for the swim team, 47 medals in athletics, 17 medals from the wrestling team, medal performances in 12 of 13 team sports and many other impressive results.  Overall, Alberta’s teams combined to win the most medals ever in their Western Canada Summer Games history.  To see the full list of Alberta athletes and final results, visit www.teamalberta.org and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamAB.

Team Alberta’s involvement is coordinated by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit Crown corporation supported by the Alberta Lottery Fund.  The Foundation provides support for participation in sport, recreation and physical activity, athletic excellence and the preservation and recreational use of natural environments in Alberta.  Through the Foundation, the Alberta government has provided nearly $670,000 towards team training, the selection of teams and the operations of Team Alberta at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Kidsport Gets A Little More Cash – Could Go Long Way

Kidsport Gets A Little More Cash – Could Go Long Way

More kids in Grande Prairie may be playing sports with the help of Kidsport Alberta.

The local chapter is getting a $2 thousand cash boost as part of a new deal with Strad Energy.

Local Kidsport Chair Kevin Mack says it will help those parents who may not be able to afford the costs of signing up a kid for hockey or soccer.

“Our goal is to get kids off the sideline by removing the financial barriers that prevent them from playing sports; I mean an active child is less likely to get into trouble.”

Last year, Kidsport Grande Prairie helped 249 kids play organized sports.

Kidsport Canada

Grande Prairie Skate Park

Featured Video

How to Putt Like a Pro

How to Putt Like a Pro
Putting makes up about 35-40% of your final score. If you usually shoot around 90, you likely average 34-36 putts a game. A Golf Pro on the P.G.A. usually takes 26-30 putts a round. To improve your putting, try this : Line up some coins in the form of a 4 inch wide pathway straight to the hole, 2ft. from the hole. You are putting through a 2 ft. long “tunnel”, so to speak. Now, try and sink 9/10 putts from 2 ft. through this coin pathway, but, don’t touch any. That is your goal – do not touch the coins. You’ll soon find yourself sinking all of these putts on the practice green, and on the course too, building your confidence, and lowering your scores.

Do Not Get the Kicker Mad

Do Not Get the Kicker Mad

Do Not Get the Kicker Mad

Do Not Get the Kicker Mad

Benefits of Sports

Sports Department

Weekly Highlight

 The benefits of sportsports, whatever your age, regular physical activity should be part of your lifestyle, and the benefits will not only last you a lifetime but add up to a better quality of life involving:

  • Greater confidence and self-awareness
  • Improved health, fitness and overall well-being
  • Greater social contact and interaction
  • Less isolation and loneliness
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • Greater sense of relaxation and well-being
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-esteem and self-image

The benefits of sport,  How sport benefits people

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. ”

Vincent T. Lombardi

During recent decades, there has been a progressive decline in the level of physical activity in people’s daily lives in developed countries. For a majority of people, little physical effort is involved any more in their work, domestic chores, transportation and leisure. Whilst specific health risks differ between countries and regions, the fact remains that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for most common non-communicable diseases and physical activity can counteract many of the ill effects of inactivity.

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