The Ones to Watch
These are the athletes that work so hard to perform their best. We would like to give a shout out to these local athletes in action.
My name is Jessica and this is my first Alberta Winter Games. I’m 14 years old and have been playing club volleyball since I was 12. I just moved to Airdrie from Saskatchewan and have enjoyed many of the opportunities that have come along the way. I fell in love with the game and can’t wait to represent zone 2 this year along with competing against amazing athletes.
For me #FocusedOnTheFuture is, taking advice from coaches and teammates on how I can improve my skill to help me to continue playing volleyball throughout high school and hopefully at a University level.
Alexandra is very excited to compete in her 4th Alberta Games this February. Alex has previously earned 2 silver and one bronze medal in the 2014 and 2016 Summer Games for BMX as well as bronze in the 2018 Winter Games in Wood Buffalo for Ringette! She has been playing for the Zone 2 AA association for 4 seasons and earned a bronze medal in provincials, last year. Alexandra and her team also earned a 5th in Nationals in Prince Edward Island! The gritty contribution Alexandra brings to the team means she’s a force to be reckoned with! In these 2020 Alberta Winter Games, she is grateful for the opportunity to play alongside her sister and be head coached by her mother, Laurie Reeve.
"To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is continuing to work hard in school to be able to pursue my dreams of becoming a firefighter and starting my own business. My goals for the future also include giving back to the Ringette community by coaching and inspiring other young girls to succeed and fall in love with the sport as much as I have!"
Abygale Reeve is a 14 years old student that attends Bert Church High School. She currently plays on the Zone 2 U16AA ringette team as a center. Last year, she was part of the Zone 2 U14AA team that went undefeated to become both Provincial and Western Canadian Champions. When Abygale is not playing ringette, she is racing her BMX bike all over the country. She is a 3-time national champ and 8-time provincial champ. She has also been lucky enough to attend the World Championships in Belgium where she placed in the top 20 for her age group.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is to attend and win the National Ringette Championships and to someday become an Olympic athlete in the sport of BMX. I also hope to inspire other young girls to follow their dreams in sport and to be the best that they can be.
Meghan McCracken is a nordic skier from Zone 3. She has been skiing since she 3. She is in grade 8 at Branton School in Calgary. Meghan is very excited about her first Alberta Winter Games and competing at the Canmore Nordic Centre, where she trains. She has attended many ski races in Alberta and BC with many podium and top 10 finishes. She recently raced at the Western Canadian Cup in Whistler and the Haywood Noram in Mont St Anne, Quebec. Next season, Meghan will host a nordic ski athlete from a sister club in France for 3 months and return to France next winter with her exchange twin to train and race.
For Meghan, being #FocusedOnTheFuture means being an ambassador for her country, her sport, and Foothills Nordic Ski Club.
My name is Nascharene Turiano. I'm 13 years old and I fence épée at Gladiators Fencing Club. I go to École Airdrie Middle School.
3 years ago, I tried out fencing and started to like épée out of the 3 weapons. I've won several gold medals in Manitoba before moving here. I've been doing piano since I was 4 and ballet since I was 3. One challenge of mine is to keep up with dance and fencing as well as maintaining good grades in school.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is being ready for any challenges that are coming. It's being able to continue fencing in international competitions and hopefully get a scholarship for university.
Meet Farah Walker, 14 years old hockey player for Edge Bantam Varsity Boys. Farah is well known across Western Canada as one of the only female goalies to play at this level! Farah attends the Edge School for Athletes. She has played in the Alberta Challenge, and won gold in the Dessert Cup AAA tournament.
Farah likes to play all different sports but mostly basketball and volleyball. She also coaches female Atom team here in Airdrie.
Ideallly, she would like to get a scholarship for hockey. Read more about Farah in our Guide to the Games!
#FocusedOnTheFuture is being a great leader and supporting my fellow athletes and inspiring young individuals.
My name is Gresa Jasari and I am 15 years old. Currently I am grade 10 student at the Bert Church High School in Airdrie. I have been doing fencing at the Epic Fencing Club in Calgary for 2 years so far. Despite such a short time doing this sport, I am proud of winning several medals at various competitions and being able to get to such a competitive level to go to compete at Canada Cup. Apart from giving lots of my free time to this sport, I also like reading, watching movies and hanging out with my family and friends.
For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is learning from past mistakes and using these learning experiences to become better prepared for what future brings.
Hello my name is Jada Walls and I'm 14 years old. I'm excited to be curling with Team Northwood, representing Zone 2 at the Alberta Winter Games. I attend Bert Church High School here in Airdrie. When not on the sheet, I'm on the track, and recently was in BMX provincial qualifiers. I love animals and volunteer at Petland.
"For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is: being happy, never giving up, school and looking forward to exciting times with family and friends.
Hello- my name is Robson and I am 11 years old. I am so excited to have been chosen to represent Zone 2 in Futsal for the Alberta Winter Games. I have been playing soccer in Airdrie since I was 6 years old and it is my dream to be a professional soccer player. Away from the field, I enjoy drawing and playing with my dog, Rundle. I am happy to say that the Alberta Winter Games is my biggest accomplishment in sport so far.
For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps and to study Palaeontology in university.
My name is Wyatt and I am born and raised in Airdrie! I have played in AMHA my whole hockey career. I’m currently playing defence for the Airdrie Xtreme, #15.
I am looking forward to playing with old teammates and new teammates at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, in my home town!
To me, #FocusedOnTheFuture is working hard in school, hockey and everything I do.
My name is Ty Janz and I am a 12 years old. I have been playing hockey since the age of 3 and loved the game ever since.
I am very excited for this opportunity to participate the Alberta Winter Games, representing Airdrie! I'm currently a d-man for the Airdrie Peewee AA White #11.
For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture is to be mentally and physically prepared for what is next to come.
Hayley is grateful for the opportunity to fulfill her goal of playing together alongside her older sister Shelby in her first Alberta Winter Games, Zone 2 Airdrie.
Hayley is a very hard working, dedicated player who has had the fortune of reaching AA Western Canadian Championship the last 2 years in a row, with last years team winning the Provincial Championship and the AA Western Canadian Championship.
Hayley was dearly humbled when her dedication and efforts were recognized, being named to the AA Western Canadian Championship All Star Team two consecutive years, in 2018 and 2019.
To me, #FocusedOnTheFuture will be: continuing to be the best teammate, player, leader and mentor I can be. To continue with an “all in” attitude, 110% effort, hard work, maintaining a positive mindset and to work through all the challenges that arise.
Shelby is very excited to participate in her first Alberta Winter Games, in her hometown of Airdrie, while fulfilling a longtime dream to finally play together alongside her younger sister Hayley.
Shelby is enjoying her 6th season as a Jr. Coach and 3rd season as an official. She has had the privilege of competing in the AA Canadian National Ringette Championships the past 2 seasons, earning 6th and 5th place finishes to date.
To me, #FocusedOnTheFuture will be: to continue with my unwavering dedication, positive attitude, love for ringette, and to remain confident in my abilities while striving to meet my personal goals both on and off the ice. Along the way, I hope I can continue to positively impact others the way my mentors have always been there and supported me! - Shelby
This is my first time going to the Games and I am very excited to represented Zone 2 in my hometown, Airdrie. Some accomplishments that I have in archery include holding 2 provincial records, finishing 2nd at outdoor nationals, 2nd at indoor regionals, 1st indoor mailmatch and 1st at all the provincial events last year.
My shooting has come a long way. I am very proud of myself in the last year. This year was like a roller coaster for me, lots of ups and downs. I realized that it is not only me struggling, other people do too. Archery has a lot of bumpy roads, and school does too.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be to do my best everyday, and eventually make it to the Canadian team.
This is my first Alberta winter games, I have lived in Airdrie for 2 years and played on the local AMHA Peewee AA Team. I am very exited to represent my hometown in the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, playing for Zone 1.
This is going to be a great experience and will I will love every minute of it!
To me, #FocusedOnTheFuture means to continue putting in hard work and trying to play at the highest level possible, and playing for my teammates and never giving up even when something is hard.
This is my second Alberta Winter Games! I have had the privilege to travel to Canada Cup, nationals and provincials and have won two bronzes medals in outdoor Provincials.
Along the way, I have challenged myself and continued to grow with a new Personal Best score, which I reached in Jan 2020.
I enjoy archery, baseball, mechanics & volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be to continue to strive hard and practice, and to make it to Canada winter game and the World Cup .
This will be my first Alberta Winter Games and I am very excited to participate in it!
I have attended indoor provincials and some out door 3D shoots as well.
I like archery, baseball and camping.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be working hard at becoming a better athlete in any sport I play in. - Austin
Isabella (Bella) Stothart has been selected as a co-captain of the Zone 2 u15 Volleyball team. Bella is especially excited for the Alberta Games this year as she lives in Airdrie with her family and attends George McDougall High School as a grade 9 student. From being awarded the Ontario Volleyball Provincial Female Award of Excellence in 2017, to multiple top 5 finishes in provincial club championships in ON and AB, to a top 5 finish last year at nationals as a member of the Canuck u14 premier one team, excelling at the highest level of club competition, she has been a volleyball standout with a number of accomplishments in her short career. At just under 6’2”, Bella is known for her dominant net presence and positive leadership, this, coupled with a cast of other talented players is contributing to high expectations for the zone 2 team.
When not at school or playing volleyball Bella can be found doing calligraphy and other art projects, dancing or enjoying delicious food from Pita Basket in Airdrie.
For me being #FocusedOnTheFuture means staying positive and working hard to reach my potential.
This is my first Alberta Winter Games!
I've been playing club volleyball since I was 13 years old. Last year, our U15 team ranked 3rd at provincials!
Besides volleyball, I love skiing, basketball and tennis. I've basically never met a challenge I couldn't face!
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be working hard to get scholarships and grants that allow me to play volleyball at the university level.
Kennedy Rice a grade 12 student at WH Croxford, and plays for the Zone 2 Ringette U19AA team. This will be her 3rd Alberta Games! Our zone veteran!
She competed in ASG2016 for mountain biking, and ASG2018 2018 for athletics and track.
Last year their U16AA team placed 3rd at provincials and 5th at the Canadian National Ringette Championships in PEI where she was also awarded the All Star Jersey.
Kennedy is also active in Cross-Country running placing 10th at high school track championships in Medicine Hat and trains year round in track and field with primary events being the 3000m and 1500m.
For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be playing with the Canadian Junior National team and playing in Finland at Worlds in 2021 and heading to University with Science focus after high school.
Hello! I am Roman Badzgon and I made the U13 boys Zone 2 Futsal Alberta team.
I have been playing soccer since I was five. The Alberta Winter Games is the first major games or accomplishment I’m involved in, and I'm so excited! I play the saxophone, enjoy time with my friends, I am on the U12 boys AFC soccer team as their goalie. I volunteer with my soccer team at different times of the year.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be: To be skilled enough to make the Whitecaps team and to earn a scholarship for University.
This is my first Alberta Winter Games experience and I am very excited to represent Airdrie in female futsal!
When I'm not on the field, I'm on the ice! I would love to compete at the next 2022 AWG in female hockey!
For me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be working hard and not stressing too much about what will happen in twenty years. - Emelia
This is Haley’s 2nd Alberta Winter Games and she is very excited to be representing her hometown once again! Haley competed for Zone 2 in 2018 and brought home two medals, silver (individual) and bronze (team). For the past 5 years, Haley’s archery journey has been filled with ups and downs, but her passion for the sport continues to grow no matter the challenge. Her commitment has paid off as she has won 3 Provincial championships, placed in the top 3 in Nationals twice and holds 2 Provincial records and 1 national record.
When Haley isn’t competing or practicing, she spends time volunteer coaching and studying hard at school as she has aspirations to go into nursing after high school.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be to never give up no matter the circumstances and always strive to be the best version of myself. - Haley
Darby will compete in her second Alberta Winter Games, but not before heading off to race in her second Canadian Long Track Nationals!
Off the ice, Darby commands the track in roller derby, and will represent Team Canada at the Junior Roller Derby World Cup this August. In what spare time she has, you might catch Darby quad skating, inline skating or even a cameo in Macy's 2019 back to school commercial!
With all that speed, it's remarkable to know Darby was born with medical issues, having multiple surgeries and over a dozen casts before the age of 6!
On of off the ice, just try to keep up!
For me, #focusedonthefuture "working hard and making goals" - Darby
This is Katey’s first Alberta Games and she is very excited to be representing her hometown of Airdrie!
Katey has been doing gymnastics since was 3 years old, now training over 20 hours a week! Her dedication has paid off, as Katey has been the provincial vault champion for 4 years in her category.
At the provincial level, she has also been floor champ and won the prestigious Artistry Award twice.
Last year she had an emergency appendicitis surgery and it set her back for most of the year. She fought hard to make a comeback and has a new attitude and is stronger than ever.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be setting goals and crushing them! I hope to get certified and share my passion for gymnastics coaching younger children. - Katey
My name is Nolan Cleverley.
I have played soccer in Airdrie since I was 5 years old, it is my passion. I enjoy taking in lots of extra training camps throughout the year. It has been a dream come true making the Alberta Winter Games team, I’m very excited to represent my hometown of Airdrie!
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be to continue my dreams in soccer and play for a professional team one day.
This is Jessie's first time to the Alberta Winter Games, representing Airdrie as the Zone 2 Ringette Goalie!! In her fourth season in net, she’s proven hard work pays off! Last year, her U14AA team won Provincials, and went on to represent Team Alberta at the AA Western Canadian Championships, earning themselves the undefeated title. Jessie is an all-round athlete playing badminton, softball and club volleyball, all during her ringette season! Is there any doubt she would end up in the Alberta Games?
To me, #FocusedOnTheFuture will be always working hard, putting in my very best effort to achieve my goals, no matter what challenges I face. Maybe one day I can be an inspiration to someone who might need it. - Jessie
This is my first time competing in the Alberta Winter Games, I am very excited to represent Airdrie in the male hockey tournament for Zone 2.
To me, being #FocusedOnTheFuture will be: Continuing to work hard in my sport to get to the highest level I can.
Check out my interview with Airdrie's Mayor Peter Brown at the Ron Ebbessen Arena.
Hockey Night in Canada - here I come!
Born in the Philippines, Gabe knew nothing about hockey when he came to Canada at age 5.
He soon fell in love the iconic Canadian sport, and took to public ice times to give it a try. Unable to afford spring hockey or camps, he watched relevant hockey channels and dedicated his time to practices. He began delivering the community newspaper in order to buy new hockey gear, and traded his Christmas and Birthday gifts to cover the registration fees. Representing the Wainwright Peewee AA Polar Kings at the AWG 2020 is a big honor and self affirmation that working hard, passion and determination will always have rewards.
Abygale Reeve started racing BMX when she was six years old after some urging from a Ringette friend and she has not looked back since. With a fierce and competitive nature, the challenge of this intense individual sport was right up her ally. “I really like the challenge of racing as its you against everyone else and the harder you work, the harder you push yourself, the better you do.” Reeve commented. Abygale achieved success early in her BMX career as she won her first Canadian National Title in 2013 at the age 7 and has continued to add to her list of accomplishments ever since. Reeve has won seven consecutive Provincial Titles, six consecutive Alberta Series Titles, Three Canadian National Titles, two seconds and one bronze at the same event over the years against the top girls in the Country. Abygale also started to race in a Cruiser class which is a separate bike with a 24” diameter wheel from the standard 20” and has also continued her winning ways with Two consecutive Canadian National Titles racing in a 16 & under division as well as winning 3 consecutive Provincial Championships and three straight Alberta Series titles to add to her totals. She has also ventured west into BC and into the US for races against some great competitors.
Not everything has gone to plan for Abygale thou, at the World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2017, Abygale crashed in the first race knocking herself out and putting her out of the competition. Since that crash in 2017, Abygale has continued her pursuit to be a better rider as she has pushed herself to learn the necessary bike skills to ride with the best. This season, Abygale has accomplished one of her long-term goals as she was named to Team Alberta as a full Team Member. “I am excited to be a part of the Team this season as there are a lot of great riders on the squad that will push me to become faster and they are all very supportive, even in this individual sport.” Reeve explained. Abygale also gave some insight into other big goals for 2019., “I would like to win another Canadian National Title, defend my Provincial and Series Titles and in 2019. I am also lucky enough to be attending the 2019 World Championships in Zolder, Belgium in July.” As for long term aspirations, Abygale quite simply stated, “I love to race, I love to compete and wherever that leads, I am looking forward to what the future holds!”
I love curling because I had a taste of success early by winning the 2004 Alberta Winter Games. Speaking from a skip’s perspective, curling is a sport that demands intellect, precision and feel. It fits with my nature as someone who likes to analyze and think things through. Curling has a friendly social atmosphere even at higher levels of competition, which is another thing I enjoy about the game; I even met my wife through the game.
In the future, I plan to stay competitive in the sport and dream of making it to a Brier. That is a tall order in this province though considering the Brier final this year consisted of 2 Alberta teams. Having that level of competition available so close to home is a good thing. It drives anyone that wants to take the next step to find another level. Currently I am ranked 46th in Canada and look forward to the future.
I love Judo because of the friendships I make with people from all over Canada. I love the supportive Sensei’s' who push me to my limits and beyond because they believe in me and my potential. I love how Judo helps me to push myself through tough stressful times in competitions. I learn from my mistakes and hope to improve from them each tournament.
My future dreams would be to train and compete at the highest level possible, to compete at the Olympics would be such an amazing accomplishment. I would like to train and travel all over the world with the National team. My goal is to be the best person I can be.
Jack started BMX in 2018 as an 8-year-old when he was invited to come and try the sport. He did not know much about it but really liked the idea so was eager to join. In his 1st Provincial race in Edmonton - with no real understanding of what he was getting into - he finished 6th. Seeing other racers collect medals set his determination to race for a medal and in just his second Provincial at the Red Deer track he dug deep, raced hard and came home with 2 silver medals. His 3rd provincial race gave him his first taste of gold when he came home with a gold and a bronze medal. His 4th Provincial race showcased his talent as his hard work paid off with double gold medals.
Jacks loves BMX for the competitiveness, the pressure, the adrenaline and the speed! Although his first year of racing had him competing against racers who had several years racing experience on him; the combined total of each of the race results allowed him to finish 1st place in his age division for the Alberta Cup Series and secured him a #1 plate for the upcoming race year. If that wasn’t enough the Airdrie BMX club also honoured him by voting him “Rookie of the Year”. He’s excited about moving up a division in the upcoming year and is hoping for similar success in his second year!
The Ones To Watch
Nicholas is a grade 10 student at George MacDougal High school. When his nose isn’t in the books he is very active in high school volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track & field, hockey for AMHA, and of course BMX for Airdrie BMX. Through everything Nicholas does he lives by a simple philosophy of try hard and have fun. In 2018, Nicholas won the Justin Jennings Memorial Heart Award in high school, given to the athletes that are the greatest examples to their teams and the school. At the age of 6 he was nominated for rookie of the year for Airdrie BMX, the following year he won his first National plate (N7), and from there he has won at least seven Alberta plates with the last one being AB3.
Next steps for Nicholas? Well, he sees many more years ahead of him in sports which are growing his interest in a career in sports medicine/kinesiology, but first High School.
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