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Wolves celebrate year of athletes' success

The GPRC Wolves celebrated the achievements of their athletes last night at the 44th annual Festival of Gold.

This year, the high level of achievement by women on the GPRC Wolves made it too difficult to choose just one as Female Athlete of the Year.

Instead, both volleyball player Tonya Dueck and runner Jamie Wigmore shared the honour.

Wigmore says the award was a surprise, although she was hopeful.

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“I was working really hard to achieve this, but I wasn’t necessarily expecting to, and it’s also really exciting watching some of my teammates from the guys’ team and from my own team also succeeding.”

Wigmore’s teammateand track star Hayden Hollowell was also named Male Athlete of the Year.

A highlight of the year for him was passing his best outdoor track time while indoors, a huge accomplishment.

“I managed to surpass my outdoor personal best during my indoor season, so it just goes to show that over five years I’m still improving year by year. I’m not getting worse by any means; I’m not plateauing, and there’s still lots of room yet.”

Other winners last night included the Grande Prairie Soccer Association, which earned the Community Appreciation Award, while Dueck and her women’s volleyball team also took home the academic award for the highest average GPA.

GPRC President Don Gnatiuk presents Tonya Dueck and Jamie Wigmore with their Top Female Athlete award.
GPRC President Don Gnatiuk presents Tonya Dueck and Jamie Wigmore with their Top Female Athlete award.
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