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Lindsay Thurber basketball stand out is ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month


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The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for April 2023 is McKinley Penninga.

McKinley is a 17-year-old Red Deer, AB resident, a Grade 11 student at Lindsay Thurber High School and a competitive basketball athlete.

In the past year, McKinley competed for LTCHS Raiders where they recently captured the 4A Zone Championship and finished 7th at ASAA 4A Provincial Championships. McKinley was named an All-Star at the Magrath Invitational and was also named MVP at both the Ross Sheppard and Calgary Notre Dame tournaments, during the 2023 season.

McKinley also plays club basketball with the Calgary Basketball Academy’s (CBA) U18 travel team where they captured the Basketball Alberta U18 Provincials in 2022. This season, McKinley and CBA will travel to tournaments in Montreal, Toronto, and Alberta, as well as competing in the Prairie Elite Basketball League.

McKinley has recently been named to Canletes’ “Top 50 Futures” list and has been invited to play in Canletes’ 2023 All-Canadian All-Star Game in Toronto on April 8. (McKinley was unable to attend due to previous commitments.)

In the classroom, McKinley is an Honours student at Lindsay Thurber. McKinley’s goals include playing basketball at a post-secondary level in USport in Canada and pursue a degree in Kinesiology and work towards a career in health care.

Outside of school and sports, McKinley works as a part-time student medical assistant. Since 2019, McKinley has served on the Alberta Children’s Hospital’s Child and Youth Advisory Council.

With McKinley’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities, and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, she will surely continue to grow, develop, and succeed in her life and career in basketball!

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.

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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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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Red Deer Hospital Lottery – Second Chance Early Bird Prize!!!

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When we said there were prizes worth 1.29 million dollars to be won, we weren’t kidding – your chances to win just keep stacking up!

Buy your Red Deer Hospital Lottery tickets before May 27th and you could win our SECOND CHANCE EARLY BIRD PRIZE OF $10,000 CASH!


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