Peace River High student chosen for Football Alberta U18 team
Peace River School Division (PRSD) congratulates Kelton Bailey, Peace River High School (PRHS) grade ten student for his selection to join Football Alberta’s U18 team.
Kelton was chosen from a total of 325 participants which were narrowed down to 110 finalists before making the final selection to the team of 40 students province-wide. Kelton is the only Northwestern Alberta student selected and the first player from the Peace Country in the position of receiver to be selected for the Provincial team.
Kelton belongs to the Peace River Pioneers Football Club and although only having played his first season as a player on the team last year, he says he has been involved on the team for awhile. “I love the game and spent time with the Pioneers before I officially started playing with the team last year.”
When asked how he feels about being chosen he describes the feeling as humbling. “I am really excited and feel humbled for this opportunity. Although I have worked hard for this, without the support of my parents, past and present coaches and team mates, I would not have this awesome opportunity.”
The Peace River Pioneers Football Club consists of students from various schools in the region with PRHS Principal Mark Owens and Glenmary School educator Brendon Nichols leading the team. Kelton describes the team as a traditional team that is somewhat unique because it consists of students from a number of schools around the area. “Having a community team like we have helps to break barriers between schools, communities and bring everyone closer together.”
Kelton will attend a training camp in Red Deer in June before heading to Saskatoon in July for the Football Canada Cup.
The Football Alberta website notes that the Alberta team has been to the National Championship Game in the Canada Cup for the past three years and finished as runners up to Quebec each time.