Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA), Peace Wapiti Public School Division’s Grande Prairie-based high school, has won the bid to host the 2015 Senior Boys 3A Volleyball Provincial Games, scheduled for November 19-21, 2015.
Vice Principal Jen Clevette says the win is thanks to the efforts of Joel Thibault, the team’s head coach. Mr. Thibault, Student Wellness Coordinator at Grande Prairie Regional College, has been coaching the Titans Senior Boys Volleyball program at PWA since 2009.
Mr. Thibault says he completed the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association’s (ASAA) online bid application and submitted it along with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting PWA’s facilities. In October, 2014, the school received a letter from ASAA, officially confirming that PWA had been selected as the host school. After sharing the news with Principal Wanda Gerard, Mr. Thibault made the announcement to school staff at an end-of-the-day staff meeting.
“When I first broke the news to the PWA staff, they were thrilled to learn that their school will host the province and participate in tough volleyball competition. Right away, the staff began asking about the event; acquiring details on how it will be facilitated and organized. Everyone wants to do their part to ensure that it is a huge success,” says Mr. Thibault.
“It feels amazing to know that the PWA Titans will be hosting the 3A Volleyball Provincials next November,” adds Mr. Thibault. “Grande Prairie has a very large and successful volleyball community, and has seen many of its student-athletes achieve success at the post-secondary level. To have the privilege to host provincials in a sport that so many young athletes grow up a part of is a tremendous accomplishment.”
This will be the first time PWA has hosted a provincial tournament.
As the host school, PWA will be responsible for liaising with the ASAA office, setting up and coordinating sub-committees, booking facilities, scheduling, assigning officials, advocating and enforcing the ASAA bylaws and policies, and producing the provincial championship information package, programs and website.
Students at the Grades 9-12 school will have an opportunity to make their mark on the event through a logo design contest.
“The contest will be open to all students enroled at PWA. Logo submissions will be judged by myself, school administrators, the PWA Athletic Director, and the ASAA committee,” says Mr. Thibault. “The finer details of the contest, such as the submission deadline, where students should send their designs, and the prizes, are still being developed by the judges, but we do know that students will be able to submit digital files or hand-drawn designs. The winning entry will be announced in January and will be part of the event kick-off, with the logo appearing on all marketing collateral pertaining to the games.”
The ASAA requires two full volleyball court facilities, which PWA will fulfill on its own court, and by running some games at Maude Clifford Public School.
For more information on the 2015 Men’s 3A Volleyball Provincials, visit http://provincials.asaa.ca/.