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ASDC Central Athlete of the month leads Lindsay Thurber to second consecutive provincial title!

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for November 2018 is Riley de Wit. Riley de Wit is a 17 year Red Deer resident and competitive Volleyball player with the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Raiders and the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club (CAQVC).

    Here is a brief synopsis of Riley’s recent athletic success:
    Co-captain LTCHS Raiders Senior Volleyball Team, 2018 ASAA 4A Provincial Volleyball Champions and 2018 CASAA Volleyball All-Star.
    Member of Lindsay Thurber Raiders volleyball team for 3 years – finishing 2nd in her Grade 10 season and winning back-to-back ASAA 4A Provincial Championships in Grade 11 and 12.
    Raiders ranked #1 in 4A Girls Volleyball in Alberta Schools Athletic Association all season.

    This season the Raiders have won 5 of 6 tournaments and finished 2nd in their other tournament.  Harry Ainlay is the only tournament that awarded All-Stars and Riley was named to the All-Star Team and selected at the TVT Tournament MVP.  Riley was a member of Team Alberta (17U) and captured a Bronze medal at Volleyball Canada’s inaugural Canada Cup this summer in Richmond, BC.

    Riley is also accomplished in track and field, representing Lindsay Thurber at ASAA Provincials the past two seasons, capturing a Bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay and setting a personal best in long jump (4.97m and 6th place), and narrowly missing a place in the 100M Final in 2018.
    Riley captained her 17U Queens Volleyball team to a Division 2 National Championship this past spring – going undefeated at Provincials and Nationals in the process.

    With Riley’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central she will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her Volleyball career!
    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.

    ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month – Riley de Wit

    For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ HYPERLINK “mailto:miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca” miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca or 403-342-3231.


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    The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta's emerging athletes and coaches. These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home.

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    Celebrity Dancer Alex Wood mistaken for 2nd pro on the floor!

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  • As co-owner of Ryde RD Spin Cycling, Alex Wood may have had a slight athletic advantage over even the most physically fit celebrities in the 2019 Celebrity Dance Off.  Wood also trained as a dancer when she was growing up.  Did all that pay off?  Well some of the judges and many of the spectators were under the impression their might be two pros on the floor when Wood and pro partner Peter Samoila performed.  Check out this fast and flawless salsa / cha cha mix.  Amazing doesn’t do it justice!

    My Story…

    I grew up here in Red Deer, this is home. It took me a while to return after high school but I am so happy to be back. I co-own Ryde RD Spin Studio. Red Deer was the perfect place for my husband Dave and I to start our business.

    I studied at Montana Tech and graduated as a petroleum engineer. I met my husband there and we made our way to Calgary for work. After two and half years, I decided that a desk job wasn’t for me so we packed our bags, moved to Asia and travelled overseas. After too much fun in the sun, we decided to move to Red Deer to start Ryde.

    Supporting our clients and the community is very important to us. We’ve hosted many charity Ryde’s including one for the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off.

    Over the next few months, I’ll be putting my travel bug on hold, trading my spin shoes in for dancing shoes, and trying to regain my dancing skills from my teenage years. I’m honored to be a part of this event and passionate about the cause.


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    Celebrity Dance Off an opportunity for Vinnie Taylor to make a wake up call about domestic violence

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  • The charity at the heart of the 2019 Celebrity Dance Off was the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.  The entire reason for this event is to raise money for the charitable cause, but perhaps even more importantly to raise awareness about.  It certainly has raised awareness for the Friends this year… a non-profit that supports our health care system with the creature comforts that turn a hospital room into something more healing.  From toys, books and stuffies for young patients to curtains, carts and monitors.. the Friends do more than most imagine.

    But when Vinnie Taylor and Olya Joseph were paired off at the beginning of the 2019 journey, they discovered another cause dear to their hearts.  The professional communicator and the professional dancer decided they’d try to impact the community in a different way by sharing their own early life experiences with the community.  Both grew up in homes with abuse.  They drew from these brutal experiences to bring a different style of dance to the floor in 2019.  Maybe the fact this performance featured celebrity Vinnie Taylor made it even more astounding.  Anyone expecting the same cheery approach they might hear on Real Country 95.5 would have been shocked.  Many were shocked.  Just look on the faces of those on the edge of the dance floor.  In all the years of the Celebrity Dance Off, this Rumba / Paso Doble by Vinnie Taylor and Olya Joseph was by far the most intense performance we’ve ever seen.  Experience a side of this celebrity you had no idea existed.

    My Story…

    Hi I’m Vinnie Taylor! One half of the Real Wakeup on Real Country 95.5.

    I’m so excited to be dancing this year. I am watching all of the classics, Grease, Dirty Dancing and of course Hairspray. I admit that one of my favourite shows is Dancing with the Stars and I’ve always envisioned myself doing the paso doble. I hope I get to wear a pair of tear away pants.

    I grew up around Alberta and loved living in Red deer. I work with several organizations like 100 men red deer, the United Way, Aspire Special Needs, and Ronald McDonald House. I was Mr. February in Dad Bod For a Rad Cause Movember calendar. Every year I “Walk a mile in her shoes “ for Women’s Outreach Centre.

    I have two left feet so my dance partner has her work cutout. I used to be able to bend over, but not so much anymore. To call this a challenge is definitely an understatement.

    I am very honoured and hope to make everyone proud. Let the dancing begin… cha cha cha!


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