AMA Youth Run Club Ambassadors

The AMA Youth Run Club Ambassador Program is new! It involves local, provincial and national athletes who champion the AMA Youth Run Club's cause of increasing physical activity levels among children and youth. Ambassadors are actively involved on social media and will be invited to speak at school visits and events. Get to know the Ambassadors below!

Rilee ManyBears

Runner

Hometown: Siksika Nation

Greatest Accomplishment: 2015 World Indigenous Games Gold Medalist

Favourite Physical Activity: Running

Favourite Healthy Snack: Bananas and chocolate milk

Message to AMA Youth Run Club Participants: "Chase after your goals and have fun while doing it"

Follow me on Twitter: @RGoodEagle4

 

Paula Findlay

Olympic Triathlete

Hometown: Edmonton

Greatest Accomplishment: Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games

Favourite Physical Activity: Running

Favourite Healthy Snack: Apples and Yogurt

Message to AMA Youth Run Club Participants: "Having fun and loving the process is the most important part of any sport!"

Follow me on Twitter: @PaulaFindlay

Tim Berrett

Olympic Race Walker

Hometown: Edmonton

Greatest Accomplishment: Competing at the Olympic Games five times

Favourite Physical Activity: Walking or running with my dog

Favourite Healthy Snack: Homemade fruit smoothie

Message to AMA Youth Run Club Participants: "Have fun, set your own goals and never stop trying to achieve them."

Follow me on Twitter: @CaminataTim

MARTIN PARNELL

Ultra Runner

Hometown: Buckfastleigh, England

Greatest Accomplishment: Running 250 marathons in one year

Favourite Physical Activity: Running

Favourite Healthy Snack: Celery and Nuts

Message to AMA Youth Run Club Participants: "Get out there, give it a go and have some fun!"

Follow me on Twitter: @MartinJParnell


GO! Run Club Ambassadors

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ASHLEY STEACY

Coach, University of Lethbridge
Rugby team

Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta

Favourite Sport or Physical Activity Shining Moment:  Rugby, stepping onto the podium at the Olympics with my team in front of friends and family who travelled to watch us play.

Greatest Accomplishment: Olympic Bronze medal

Favourite Physical Activity: Rugby

Favourite Healthy Snack: Homemade protein bars

Message to (AMA Youth Run Club Participants) or (GO! Run Participants): Never stop trying

Follow me on Twitter: @AshleySteacy

*Follow me on Instagram: @ashley.steacy

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QUINN PHILLIPS

Sports Reporter/Anchor,
Global News Edmonton

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Favourite Sport or Physical Activity Shining Moment: Representing Edmonton at national events for both swimming and water polo.

Greatest Accomplishment: In recent years, it would have to be catching a pass from a CFL quarterback.

Favourite Physical Activity: Playing tennis or running stairs

Favourite Healthy Snack: Dates with walnuts.

 Message to (AMA Youth Run Club Participants) or (GO! Run Participants): Being healthy and active at a young age sets you up for a healthier lifestyle when you’re older. Working hard now builds a foundation to work hard when you’re older and there’s not a lot more special on this planet than a hard worker.

Follow me on Twitter: @QJPhillips

*Follow me on Instagram: @quinnpglobal

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LINDSAY MCALPINE

Head Coach, MacEwan University Women's Hockey team

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta  

Favourite Sport or Physical Activity Shining Moment: I have two: The first one is as a player, and the second as a coach.  Firstly, my very last game as a CIS varsity athlete was for a national championship.  It was not the game itself that was the the most memorable, but the moment we walked down the tunnel onto the ice, and everyone of our parents, grandparents, siblings, significant others, and friends lined the end of the tunnel cheering, crying and of course, wearing green and gold.  It was this moment that I realized how the sport was much bigger than just the 60 minutes spent on the ice each game.  These people had supported me and my team mates from a young age as we pursued our dream, and our success was shared with so many.  

My second was as a coach.  This past season the Griffins won our second ever ACAC Championship, and my first as a coach.  It was equally as rewarding, if not more, than winning one as a player.   

Greatest Accomplishment: Ironically, it was not a hockey accomplishment, but a running one.  3 years ago I completed my first full marathon, which was the most mentally challenging activity I had ever engaged in.  Since then I have run 3 more, and plan to complete a 5th one this winter.  

Favourite Physical Activity: Hockey and running.

Favourite Healthy Snack: Rice crackers and salsa.

Message to (AMA Youth Run Club Participants) or (GO! Run Participants): Running can be such a great life long physical and social activity that can connect you to a group of amazing people; be proud of yourself for starting this journey early. Two messages I remind my own team of daily are, challenge yourself to be the best version of you everyday, and what got you here won't get you there.    

Follow me on Twitter: @macewanhockey

*Follow me on Instagram: @macewanhockey


AMA Youth Run Club Coordinators

Our Run Club Coordinators are part of the Ever Active Schools team and work to support all Run Club schools in Alberta. Contact our AMA Youth Run Club Coordinators with any questions you may have about your run club. We encourage you to attend one of our workshops for additional support from our coordinators. 

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KATIE MAHON

Provincial Coordinator

Office Location: Edmonton

Connect with Katie on all things AMA Youth Run Club and GO! Run. From getting a club started to finding a new resource to keep your students moving, Katie is your go-to!

Email: katie@everactive.org

Twitter: @kates_mahon

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HAYLEY DEGAUST

Provincial Coordinator

Office Location: Edmonton

Connect with Hayley on all things AMA Youth Run Club. From getting a club started to finding a new activity to keep your students running, Hayley can help you with it all!

Email Address: hayley@everactive.org

Twitter: @HDegaust


Project Partners

This project is run through a partnership between the Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools.

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is the professional association for more than 12,000 physicians, resident physicians and medical students. Our vision is Patient First® and our mission is to be an advocate and provide leadership and support for the role of physicians in the provision of quality care. The AMA Youth Run Club is our flagship initiative to engage members as part of healthy and active communities.

Ever Active Schools (EAS) is a provincial initiative designed to assist school communities in addressing and creating healthy school communities. EAS contributes to the healthy development of children and youth by fostering social and physical environments that support improving the health and learning outcomes of students in Alberta.