Wolves Athletics Club athletes and coaches picked up three major awards Saturday night at the 2015 NW Alberta Sports Excellence Awards at the Stonebridge Hotel.
The GPRC Women’s XC Running Team was named Female Team of the Year. The team dominated college xc running in Canada last fall going undefeated all season and winning the 2014 CCAA XC Running Championship with record scores for winning point total and largest margin of victory.
Mirelle Martens was named Female Athlete of the Year. The 19 year old GPRC runner won multiple provincial track and xc running titles in 2014 and captured the individual gold medal at the 2014 CCAA XC Running Championships, winning the 5 km race by 31 seconds.
In late November, Martens placed third in the Junior Women’s race at the 2014 Athletics Canada National XC Running Championships and qualified for Team Canada. She made her international debut two weeks ago in Colombia at the 2015 Pan American Cross Country Cup, and she’ll contest the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in China later on this month.
Wolves coach Bill Corcoran was honored as High Performance Coach of the Year. In 24 seasons with the Wolves, Corcoran and co-coach Rick Scott’s athletes have won numerous provincial and national medals including two CCAA National Team titles and three individual CCAA National gold medals.
Former Wolves runner Jeff Frattini was selected as the Developmental Coach of the Year for his work with local volleyball teams.