It’s Military Night this Friday when the Red Deer Rebels host their final home game of the season against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
You can learn all about careers in the Army Reserve and talk to soldiers who will be in attendance both before and throughout the game. As well, the soldiers will form an Honour Guard as the Rebels recognize excellence with their year-end awards.
Get to the game early and take advantage of the displays set up on site. Talk to the soldiers – they are there to help you understand what they do in their day to day role in the Army Reserve. A career in the Canadian Army Reserve can be exciting and rewarding. If you’re heading into post-secondary, you may want to learn about the summer employment opportunities.
“Our goal is to bring more awareness to the military in the Central Alberta region”, said Lloyd Lewis, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment. “We have a very active group of soldiers that operate out of Cormack Armoury, including 41 Signal Regiment and 78 Field Battery. This is a way to recognize and support them and raise awareness. We really thank the Rebels organization for the opportunity showcase the Military at the game.”
“We are looking forward to recognizing the citizens of our country who have made the choice to put themselves in between confrontation and the rest of us”, said Dean Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Red Deer Rebels. “The Canadian Military is a team that has many of the same values and strengths that our team needs to be successful. We want to recognize our Canadian Military and thank them for their service.”
Here are a series of recent photos of some of our local soldiers in various training activities.
The Canadian Forces in Red Deer consist of the Primary Reserve 78th Field Battery, which is part of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 2 Squadron, 41 Signal Regiment, a Reserve Force communications unit that provides communication information systems, strategic infrastructure services and support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Alberta. There are approximately 75 soldiers based out of Cormack Armoury in Red Deer.
The Army Reserves is a professional part-time force that provides local engagement and responsive integrated capability, at home and abroad in support of the Army mission.
The Military Family Resource Centre has taken an active role is organizing the night. The MFRC works to empower and support military families. They offer a variety of programs and services including mental health supports, social activities, workshops and training, family separation and reunification support, deployment support, children and youth programs, and referral services to help. Our families are the strength behind the uniform, and we’re here for them.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://reddeerrebels.com/regularseason.
Central Alberta has a long and storied military history. Click here to learn more. Photos courtesy City of Red Deer Archives
Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month
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.
Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing
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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