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Big Wins For RDC Athletics Over The Weekend


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By Sheldon Spackman

RDC Athletics had a successful weekend, with one of the main highlights being the Women’s Cross-Country Running team which finished 1st at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championship in Grande Prairie on Saturday.

The 1st place finish means the female runners qualify for the CCAA Cross-Country National Championship Nov. 11th and 12th in Sault Ste. Marie. Six members of the RDC Women’s Cross-Country Running team can attend the National Championship in Ontario.

The Men’s team finished a respectable 4th as a group with many opersonal best times, while RDC Head Coach Kari Elliott was named the 2016-2017 ACAC Cross-Country Running Coach of the Year.

Elsewhere, The Kings hockey team got by the MacEwan University Griffins 5-4 in Edmonton on Friday night while the Griffins edged the Kings 3-2 in double overtime in Penhold on Saturday night.

As for the Queens, they defeated the Trojans 3-2 in Calgary on Friday nighht. The Queens now sit tied for second place in ACAC Women’s Hockey with a 4-2 record.

The RDC Kings and Queens Volleyball teams played host to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on Friday and Saturday. The Kings were defeated in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) to the Rattlers on Friday. However, the Kings defeated Medicine Hat in five sets on Saturday. After dropping the opening set 18-25, the Kings took the second set 25-18, won the third set 25-20, dropped the fourth set 20-25 and won the final set 15-8. The Kings now sit in first place in the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division with a 5-1 record.

The RDC Queens Volleyball team swept the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in three straight sets on Friday. Winning the opening set 25-22, taking the second set 25-21 and capturing the third set 25-16. On Saturday, the Queens beat the Rattlers in four sets, winning the first set 25-18, taking the second set 25-18, dropping the third set 20-25 and picking up the final set 25-22. The Queens now have a 5-1 record and share top spot in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division with the Briercrest Clippers.

Both the RDC Kings and Queens Basketball teams opened their seasons at the RDC Main Gym on the weekend. The Kings defeated St. Mary’s University 118-87 on Saturday, while the Queens dropped their season opener against St. Mary’s 78-51.

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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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