September 24th, 2018

Segall Says: Van Metre brings ASDC expertise to Brooks

By None on September 14, 2018.

My last article focused on the outstanding experts available in Medicine Hat to train emerging high performance athletes ages 13-18. But did you know the Alberta Sport Development Centre — Southeast also offers the same services to athletes ages 13-18 in Brooks and surrounding areas?

Gina Van Metre is our rural sports development programmer who runs our ASDC programs out of Brooks. Many of the athletes who participate in our program are multi-sport athletes, who run on very tight schedules. ASDC understands their time constraints and wants to make training as convenient as possible. Therefore, we hired Gina to ensure that Brooks and surrounding area athletes get the training they need to compete at a high level and to enhance their own sport performance without having to travel all the way to Medicine Hat.

Gina swam competitively for 13 years and got heavily involved in fitness once she moved to Brooks. Her passion for swimming led her to attain her swimming coach Level 1 and theory Level 2 certifications. She started a masters swim club in Lloydminster before relocating to Brooks and is now certified as a fitness trainer and to coach CrossFit.

She believes that having someone local, with children within the age group of the program, strengthens the visibility and recruitment for ASDC athletes and coaches in Brooks.

ASDC has an athletic enhancement program that runs out of Brooks. This program consists of two weekly strength and conditioning training sessions and the opportunity to learn from our sports nutrition and mental skills training experts. Athletes who perform at a high level are encouraged to apply for this program and only those who meet the requirements will be considered for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to learn more about the athlete, their goals and their level of commitment to the program. The successful candidates will be asked to join the program.

Individual athlete and team services are offered in Brooks as well. Gina works diligently with all interested parties to ensure their goals are understood and an action plan is put into place to help individuals and teams reach their goals. Gina would love to work with you! If you live in Brooks or the surrounding area and are looking to enhance your sport performance, we offer the services you need to improve; give us a call!

The Alberta Sport Development Centre— Southeast believes that by working together as athletes, coaches, parents, and organizations, we can create the best athletes in our province. The main purpose of the ASDC network — which also includes locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge — is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta’s emerging athletes and coaches.

Kristina Segall is the coordinator of the Alberta Sport Development Centre — Southeast and she would love to hear from you and chat with you about the ASDC-SE programs and services that are offered in Brooks and Medicine Hat. She can be reached via email at ksegall@mhc.ab.ca and via phone at 403-504-3547.

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