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ACAC Men’s Volleyball Awards Presented At RDC


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The 2016-2017 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Volleyball Championship is set to get underway on Thursday in the Red Deer College Main Gym. The top 8 ACAC Men’s Volleyball teams will compete for an opportunity to be named conference champions.

Wednesday, these talented student-athletes and coaches gathered in the RDC Arts Centre to recognize and celebrate the 2016-2017 ACAC Men’s Volleyball award winners. The ACAC consistently produces elite athletes and coaches that excel on a provincial and national level.

ACAC North Coach of the Year and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year Nominee, Phil Dixon from The King’s University, was caught off guard by his award and nomination and is anticipating an exciting championship.

“It was quite surprising. There are a bunch of great coaches in the north and south” said Dixon. “The CCAA nomination came as a bigger surprise. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to this week with the guys. There’s going to be some great competition. I’m really looking forward to it.”

ACAC South Coach of the Year, Sean McKay from SAIT, humbly accepted his award amongst a talented pool of coaches.

“There are a ton of great coaches in the south. As a first year coach, it is quite the honour,” said McKay. “I was blessed with a good group of guys, and they make me look good every Friday and Saturday.”

ACAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year, ACAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference South team selection and CCAA All-Canadian Nominee, Isak Helland-Hansen from Medicine Hat College, credited his team for his awards and nomination.

“It has been a great season for our team and it’s really nice to be recognized when you do well. I don’t necessarily take these awards as an individual,” said Helland-Hansen. “I like to recognize my team and it’s a team effort. You can have a bad game and still be successful and I have my team to thank.”

Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director, is grateful for the opportunity to host the ACAC championship and aims to host events at a national level in the near future. “Hosting the Men’s Volleyball Championship gives RDC the opportunity to highlight top student-athletes from across the ACAC,” she said.

And, looking to the fall of 2018, St-Denis highlights how RDC Athletics will “begin using the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, and our teams will begin training and competing in this state-of-theart facility. We’re excited for the opportunities this will bring, and we’re currently putting the final touches on a bid proposal to host the 2019 CCAA Championships.”

In the immediate future, competition at the ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship will begin on Thursday in the Red Deer College Main Gym at 1:00 p.m. For a complete schedule of games and results throughout the weekend, visit

2016-17 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Award Winners, presented February 22 at RDC

  • Coach of the Year, North Division – Phil Dixon, The King’s University
  • Coach of the Year, South Division – Sean McKay, SAIT
  • Player of the Year – Isak Helland-Hansen, Medicine Hat College
  • Rookie of the Year, North Division – Jakub Zdybek, Keyano College
  • Rookie of the Year, South Division – Bryan Fountain, Briercrest College
  • CCAA All Canadian Nominee – Isak Helland-Hansen, Medicine Hat College
  • CCAA All Canadian Nominee – Tristan Simmonds, Grande Prairie Regional College
  • CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee – Phil Dixon, The King’s University

North All-Conference Team

  • Kristofer Ames – The King’s University
  • Justin Delorme – Keyano College
  • Blazej Pellowski – Keyano College
  • Lucas Robertson – Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Alex Sabourin – Keyano College
  • Tristan Simmonds – Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Brendan Vanderlinde – The King’s University
  • Lyndon Varga – University of Alberta, Augustana
  • Levi Wolthuis – The King’s University
  • Jakub Zdybek – Keyano College

South All-Conference Team

  • Luke Brisbane – Red Deer College
  • Brodie Dolter – Medicine Hat College
  • Regan Fathers – Red Deer College
  • Isak Helland-Hansen – Medicine Hat College
  • Ty Moorman – Red Deer College
  • Trent Mounter – SAIT
  • Jackson Oborne – SAIT
  • Cole Sanderson – Medicine Hat College
  • Michael Sumner – Red Deer College
  • Dax Whitehead – Lethbridge College

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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