Information session for after high school athletes

  • Nov. 23, 2011 6:09 p.m.

Athletes who have questions about post-secondary options after the finish high school will have a chance to get answers with a session at Red Deer College.

This winning edge seminar will be held on Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room #2600 and will be free and very informative to athletes according to hosts the Alberta Sport Development Centre.

The Alberta Sport Development Centre is a non-profit organization, which provides this free seminar along with many others to new coaches, student athletes, and their families.

This seminar is designed to provide insightful and informative information about what upcoming athletes have for future possibilities and how they can achieve them when selecting a post-secondary institution.

The presentation will feature Keith Hansen, RDC director of athletics, Karla Karch, athletics manager at Mount Royal University, and former Olympian representing Canadian universities Carlee Ness, former Yale University Bulldog hockey player and also Jason Chatwood, former Gonzaga University Bulldog baseball player.

The four guests will provide lots of information on what they went through to get to where they are today.

Parents and athletes can ask questions to help them get a better view about sports after high school and to help them make an important life decision in the athletic world.

Mike Klass, executive director of the program is very pleased to welcome it to Red Deerians again and says it is a very worthwhile session for all athletes in all different kinds of sports who seek more athletic training after high school.

“This session is aimed at student athletes in Grades 10-12 and will help educate them on all of the difficult decisions that need to be made when preparing and choosing a post-secondary school and a future athletic career,” said Klass.

There will be no registration for the session, but space will be limited according to the hosts and anyone who wishes to attend should get there early to get a seat.

The Alberta Sport Development Centre’s main goal is to provide support to local elite and emerging athletes and coaches.

These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas. It allows athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving their home base by coordinating and enhancing those services available.

The Alberta Sport Development Network supports the idea of a holistic training approach. These approaches help athletes to reach their athletic potential by combining sport and science applications with help from experts in areas such as nutrition, sport psychology, and injury prevention.

The main purpose is to help coaches, parents, and athletes build an ideal environment to enhance performance and athletic development.

There are six centres that make up the network throughout Alberta. Their partners include Sport Canada, Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Medicine Hat College, Red Deer College, the City of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University and the University of Alberta.

To best reflect the needs of their area each centre is unique in their operation and coordination.

The responsibilities of each network are to ensure that working relationships are built within regional sport community, to make sure programs are available to athletes and coaches, to service all sports and do not focus on just one, and to receive input and feedback from partners in each respective region.

This year’s Athlete Enhancement Program boasts 26 athletes ranging in age from 13 to 23 years in 19 different sports and nine different Central Alberta communities.

For more information on the Alberta Sport Development Centre or its programs contact Mike Klass at 403-342-3231 or check the web site at