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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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    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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    Cheryl Bernard excited to speak at 16th Annual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast

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    Will inspire audience with message about the power of choice

    While Cheryl Bernard has spent less time on the ice since retiring from competitive curling, she still remains involved in sports and communities across the nation.  As the President & CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, curling broadcaster on TSN and volunteer, she still finds time to take on keynote speaking roles at numerous events throughout the year. The successful Canadian curler and compelling leader is looking forward to sharing her message about creating one’s path in life with College student-athletes and central Albertans who attend RDC’s 16thAnnual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast on April 9.

    Through her inspirational presentation You Hold The Pen, the decorated curler and entrepreneur will motivate audience members to take control of their destiny through planning with intent, and choosing who they want to become.

    Life is all about learning and making the choice to write our own story,” says Bernard. “We are bombarded by outside noise and the opinions of others. We need to ignore that noise as often as possible, hold onto the pen, and write the life story we want.

    Everyone experiences highs and lows in their daily lives, but the power lies in the response to those situations. “Life is full of more failures than successes, but it’s the individuals that choose to learn from their losses who excel in life,” says Bernard. “That is the exciting thing. The response is within their control, and it is their choice.

    Bernard, who was born in Grande Prairie, moved to Calgary at a young age and created the life she envisioned. She founded and owned an insurance agency in Calgary, and grew it to be a multi-million dollar company. Along with her business accomplishments, Bernard has achieved provincial, national and international curling success. Her impressive resume on the ice includes earning silver at the Olympics in 2010, silver at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and four Alberta provincial championships. Fittingly, Bernard remains strongly connected to sports and the business community.

    My life has almost come full circle. From sport as a kid, to starting my own business at the age of 23, to pursuing my Olympic dreams, I have closed that circle by coming back to the corporate world as the CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame,” she says. “The parallels between business and sport are amazing and the lessons learned are valuable in either world. My goal is to support athletes and let them see that both worlds are possible.”

    Bernard will help support and inspire RDC student-athletes at the Scholarship Breakfast, which raises funds for the College’s Athletics Leadership Fund, supporting the sustainability of the RDC Athletics Scholarship program.  “I am looking forward to meeting the scholarship recipients who are committed to competing at the highest level in their sport, while pursuing an education,” she says. “It’s their commitment to both school and sport that impress me the most.

    For more information about the event and Cheryl Bernard, please visit: rdc.ab.ca/breakfast. Please note, the day and time have changed.

    16th Annual RDC Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    5:30 p.m. doors open | 6:00 p.m. dinner | 7:00 p.m. program begins |

    Pidherney Curling Centre | 4725 43 Street, Red Deer, AB

    Guests will enjoy dinner in the Pidherney Curling Centre Hall, hosted by the Kings and Queens, prior to Cheryl Bernard’s keynote presentation. In keeping with the tradition of the RDC Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, an elegant breakfast will be served for dinner. During the evening, the Corporate Innovation Award will be presented to a business that has supported RDC student- athletes. Red Deer College Student-Athlete Leadership Awards will also be handed out.

    A limited number of tickets are still available for $100, and can be purchased at rdc.ab.ca/tickets.

     

    30 In The Bank Campaign

    As a new additional fundraiser for RDC’s Athletic Leadership Fund, individuals are encouraged to follow RDC on social media (twitter | facebook | instagram) on Friday, March 29 to help raise $30,000 for RDC student-athlete scholarships. Individuals can text “30inthebank” to 45678 to donate $5, $10 or $20 and help reach this goal. Follow and share the hashtag #30INTHEBANK to spread the word.


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