Coehoorn's Corner: Time to reflect

COURTESY: Medicine Hat News

It’s that time of year again! The hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shopping, the decorating, the family time, the Christmas movies, and the relaxation that comes from a potential break from work/school; it’s the Christmas season!

This is a time of year that we look back at all that we have done or maybe haven’t done; so that is what I would like to do for this week’s edition of Coehoorn’s Corner. I would like to give you guys all a bit of a year in review.

Before I get started though, I would first like to start off by saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the Alberta Sport Development Centre — Southeast! We love doing what we do, and we really appreciate Medicine Hat and the rest of Southeastern Alberta. We live in a great place, where there are a lot of dedicated and hard-working emerging athletes.

It has been a great year at the centre! We have had a lot of success, and it has been great to see our programs progress.

The single greatest thing that has happened this year is the growth and development of our Athlete Enhancement Program. We received the most applications in the history of the program, and as a result, we have the best class of athletes in its history. We have 30 amazing athletes who are all getting bigger, stronger (both physically and mentally), and faster.

Another one of the biggest things that happened in 2016 was our partnership with the South East Athletic Club. We have provided the organization with all of our services, and it is great to see how the athletes, coaches, and the organization as a whole have embraced us. They are making big strides, and we are very proud to be a part of it!

In addition to our work with the SEAC teams, we are also providing our services to several other teams. One other team to highlight is the Medicine Hat High School track and field team; they are a group of hard-working athletes who are doing great things. They came in second place at provincials in 2016, and with the work they are putting in, I am confident they will see even greater things in their future.

Lastly, I would like to highlight a couple of our former athletes from last year’s program who are doing some great things. Nate Stark (baseball) is doing great things at Colby College in Kansas. He dropped by my office the other day, and it was great to sit down with him to chat and hear about all that has happened in the last year. Cody Wahl made the Canadian national wakeboarding development team. Brooklin Bellevance is playing soccer at Lethbridge College and is working hard and having a lot of success. All of our graduating athletes from the 2015 program are doing great things, and we are very proud of them.

Like I said earlier, we have had a great year at ASDC-SE. We have a great staff who are leaders in their respective fields and who are working hard to give our athletes the best chance for success. On top of that, we have athletes who are working hard day in and day out to give themselves the best hope for their future athletic success.

Cory Coehoorn is the coordinator of the Alberta Sport Development Centre — Southeast and would love to answer any questions that you may have regarding the ASDC-SE’s programs. He can be reached via email at or via phone at 403-504-3547.