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Queens Volleyball Players Named To All-Star Team!


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As the Queens Volleyball team gets set to play in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship starting tomorrow at Lakeland College, two Queens Volleyball players have been recognized for their outstanding play this season.

Miranda Dawe and Megan Schmidt were both named to the ACAC South All-Conference Team, awards they will receive at this evening’s 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Volleyball Award Presentations. The awards are determined by voting from the opposing coaches in the ACAC. “Having two of our players recognized speaks to how far we have come as team this season. I am extremely proud of how hard both of these student-athletes have worked to get their careers to this point,” says Chris Wandler, Queens Volleyball Head Coach.

Kinesiology & Sport Studies student, Miranda Dawe, leads through her play on the court. “Despite Miranda being one of the most dominant power hitters in the Conference, she doesn’t get enough recognition for how good of a defender she is,” Wandler says.

Fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student, Megan Schmidt brings an attention to detail and strong work ethic to both her practice and game play. “Megan’s ability to play in big moments is a critical piece of what defines her as a player and has made her such an important leader on our team,” explains Wandler.

Wandler sees this individual player recognition as another step in the team finding their collective identity. “Through a series of small lessons over the season we have been able to define and learn who we are as a team. This has led to more self-confidence and a good outcome to this point.”

As the team looks forward to the upcoming competition, Wandler is looking for further success as the team continues the process they started. “We are looking forward to working hard in the upcoming competition. Each moment we will work to identify what is required from us and we will try our best to accomplish that.”

The 2016-2017 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Volleyball Championship is being hosted by Lakeland College in Lloydminster, AB from February 22-25, 2017. Top teams will continue on to the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship at Camosun College in Victoria, BC from March 8-11, 2017. For additional information, including a full schedule, please visit the ACAC website here:

(Photo by Tony Hansen)

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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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