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Parker Thompson On The Podium Again!


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After sweeping the last 2 races at the Toronto Indy, Parker Thompson takes second place in the first of two races at the Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

The Friday afternoon race was won by 20 year old Florida driver Oliver Askew.  Meanwhile Red Deer’s Parker Thompson who started in third, had to maneuver around outside front row starter Lucas Kohl on his way to grabbing second place.  This is Thompson’s fifth podium finish of the season and the 17th of his career in the Mazda Road To Indy Circuit.  Third place went to Rinus VeeKay who also managed to pass Kohl, who started second, but finished fourth.

Thompson’s podium finish means another 25 points for the driver of Canada’s Exclusive Auto Sports Team which sits third in the overall standings in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda season standings.

Askew’s lead was seriously threatened when he came up on a halted Moisés de la Vara in Turn 5.  Askew slowed the field down as they came through the final turn to take the green flag.  Then he was able to pull away from Thompson as they hit the turn in point for Turn 1.  Askew’s start was reviewed by USF2000 Race Control, but was deemed legal.

They’ll do it all again tomorrow at Lexington, Ohio.  The second USF2000 qualifying session begins at 6 a.m. (8 a.m. Eastern) Saturday morning.  The final race of the weekend starts at about 10:10 a.m.. (Noon Eastern).

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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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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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