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ASDC Features the Most Dominant Team In Alberta Rugby History

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athletes of the Month for September 2017 are the Titans Rugby U18 Girls Team.

    In a departure for the Athlete of the Month award ASDC-Central has chosen the entire Titans U18 team as worthy recipients for capturing Gold at the Alberta Rugby Union’s 2017 U18 Girls Provincial Championship with an utterly dominant 107 – 0 win over the Edmonton Nor’westers.

    Both teams entered the championship game undefeated for the season but it was the Titans who proved their dominance.  The Titans outscored their opponents 722 – 81 over the course of the season.  When discussing their performance it is important to remember that only a few short seasons ago the Titans were coming off a winless season.  The Titans are composed of 28 girls from 5 communities (Red Deer – 17; Rimbey – 4; Rocky Mountain House – 4; Lacombe – 2; and Byemoor – 1).

    The Titans were led by Courtney Holtkamp, Lora Lee, Leah Brunner, and Gwen Fillinger to name a few. Courtney & Jada Holtkamp, Leah Brunner, Gwen Fillinger, Lora Lee and Rachel Sever all went on to play with Team Alberta U18 this summer, as did Camryn Holland with Team Alberta U16. Courtney Holtkamp led Team Alberta (captain and tournament leading scorer) to a Gold Medal at Nationals. Courtney Holtkamp (ASDC-Central’s Athlete of the Month for April 2016) also competed for Team Canada U18’s in international play competing in Ottawa this summer vs USA U18’s in a 15’s competition. Courtney recently returned from France where she competed with Team Canada U18’s in a Rugby 7’s competition..

    Two years ago, Titans Rugby (through the initiative of Head Coach Kenton Poelzer) created the School of Rugby initiative and partnered with ASDC-Central to provide strength and conditioning, mental skills and nutrition seminars to the areas rugby youth. It appears that that partnership is paying dividends.

    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 Athletes of the Month – Titans Rugby U18 Girls Photo

    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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    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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    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines 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 March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling 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.


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    Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing

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  • April 8, 2019

    BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, ALABAMA

    Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”

    As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.

    Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.

    As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.

    With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…”  – Parker Thompson

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