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RBC Training Ground top 100 athlete in Canada, Adam Turgeon is ASDC Central Athlete of the Month

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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 2019 is Adam Turgeon.

Adam Turgeon is a 16 year old Red Deer, AB resident, Grade 11 student at St. Joseph’s High School and a competitive baseball athlete.

A current member of the St. Joseph’s Ball Academy, Adam played with the AAA 18U Red Deer Braves baseball team as a 15 year old this past summer. Adam is a pitcher, third baseman and outfielder and will begin to focus more on his pitching as he hopes to secure a baseball scholarship in the NCAA once he graduates at St. Joseph’s High School. Adam will try-out for the AAA Braves U18 team again in January 2020.

Adam was member of the St. Joseph’s High School Falcons Junior Boys Volleyball team this fall and is looking forward to playing with the Falcons Rugby team in the coming spring. Adam is an Honours student at St. Josephs.

 

This past spring, Adam attended the RBC Training Ground event in Red Deer. At the conclusion of this event and as the result of his test scores, Adam was chosen to be one of 100 athletes in Canada to attend the National Final. More information and a list of invitees can be found at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground/#/the_national. Needless to say, it was quite an achievement for Adam and a testament to his athletic abilities and his future in sport.

With Adam’s talent, work ethic and with the support of ASDC-Central, and his school and sport coaches, Adam will surely continue to grow and improve as an athlete in his sport of baseball.

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.

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

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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Lindsay Thurber volleyball star Colby Nemeth is ASDC Athlete of the Month

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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 October 2019 is Colby Nemeth.
Colby Nemeth is a 17 year old Red Deer, AB resident, Grade 12 student at Lindsay Thurber High School (LTCHS) and a competitive volleyball athlete.
Colby was a member of the 2018 LTCHS Senior Boys Volleyball Team that finished 8th in the 2018 ASAA 4A Provincial Championships, and the Raiders are currently ranked #2 in ASAA 4A Boys Volleyball in 2019. This season, Colby captured an All-Star Award at U of Alberta Bears High School Invitational, and MVP honors at Harry Ainlay’s TVT Volleyball Tournament in Edmonton. The Raiders are looking forward to securing a spot in this year’s ASAA 4A Provincial Championships at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, the week of November 21 – 23, 2019.
This past summer Colby was a member of both the Volleyball Alberta 17U Provincial Team for both indoor and beach volleyball. With Team Alberta’s indoor team, Colby and his teammates travelled to Korea to compete in early July and returned to compete at the Canada Cup Championships in Halifax, NS where the team captured the Bronze Medal. Colby quickly converted to the beach after indoor season and went to Swift Current, SK where he and his partner took home the Bronze Medal in Beach Volleyball at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
Colby will play with the Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club’s 18U team in the coming 2020 season and is hoping to receive a an invitation to try-out for Canada’s Junior National Volleyball team and play with the team in the summer of 2020, or continue to pursue a Volleyball Canada Championship in Beach Volleyball with Team Alberta.
Colby has his eyes set on playing volleyball at a post-secondary level and eventually at the national team level in indoor or beach volleyball. With Colby’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and his training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in his 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 Athlete of the Month – Colby Nemeth
For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca or 403-342-3231.

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Olympic dream alive for Central Alberta’s Elle Couture

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Elle Couture posing with her medal haul from the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games!
The letters HWPO are embroidered on Elle Couture’s swim bag.  Elle’s been swimming competitively for 5 years and HWPO has been with her for almost as long.  The letters stand for Hard Work Pays Off.  Elle says her dad always gives her that advice.   It’s really starting to pay off.
Before any swimmer ever achieves a provincial or a national ranking… there’s hundreds and then thousands of hours spent in the pool.  Before school, after school, on weekends, that’s when the good swimmer becomes great.  The races themselves are just a compilation of all the time and effort put into increasing speed and stamina, and working on the minute details and techniques.
As the summer of 2019 progressed Elle’s results kept getting better and better and as she prepares to start another school year, her dreams of representing Canada one day are very much alive.  Elle’s times have qualified her for the 2020 Canadian Swim Trials.   Since 2020 is an Olympic year there’s an outside chance for Elle to qualify, but it’s much more likely she’ll be coming into her own in four more years.
Earlier this summer we shared her provincial results.. Here they are again:
Summer Championships Alberta age group 13-14 July 4-7 Edmonton, Ab
50m Breaststroke – Bronze medal
200m Breaststroke – Bronze medal
100m Breaststroke  100m Freestyle 4th place
Best times in these 3 events
Later in July Elle swam at the Canadian Junior Nationals, where she made a strong showing:
Canadian Jr Nationals Calgary Alberta August July 24-29
Qualified for 4 events.
100m Breaststroke 6th in Canada
200m Breaststroke 5th in Canada (  having to do a head to head swim off with one other girl to qualify in 8th )
Elle came back in finals to place 5th after entering in 8th position.
The best was yet to come… As Elle competed for Team Alberta in the Western Canada Summer Games and you might say she cleaned up!   Here are the results:
Western Canada Summer Games – Swift Current Sk  Phase 1 August 9-13
Elle was chosen by Swim Alberta to compete in the Games for her 100-200 Breast stroke abilities during the qualifying period Spring 2019.   A total of 33 swimmers from across Alberta represented Team Alberta. Elle traveled with Team Alberta August 5-8 to Calgary for team practices and Team building at UofC campus.
A total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 and 2 Bronze
Events:
50m Breaststroke – GOLD
100m Breaststroke- GOLD
200m Breaststroke- BRONZE
50m Freestyle-SILVER
50m Fly -4th
3 Relays 
4x100m IM relay female – GOLD
4x200m Free mixed relay – GOLD
4x100m Free mixed relay – BRONZE

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And here’s a note from Elle’s mom:
The experience of swimming on behalf of Alberta and being with such a cohesive group of swimmers have really motivated Elle to work hard so that she can be considered for other Team Alberta travel teams for next season 2019-2020.
Elle has qualified for the Canadian Trials in March-April 2020  with her 100 Breaststroke and is 0.11 seconds off qualifying for the 200 Breaststroke.  This is the Olympic Trial year and meet and Elle is hoping to swim well enough to be considered for other travel teams for Canada as she will be 15 and making the Olympic team is a dream but perhaps will have to wait for the next Olympic cycle.  ” No Opportunity Wasted ” is something that her mental skills coach Doug Swanson has helped her work on.
Her goals have also expanded, she is working towards a chance to be chosen for Canada Games in Summer 2021 which will be held in the Niagara Region Ontario.
Here’s a video feature on Elle produced when she was just starting to show the potentials she has now begun to realize…

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