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RDC Athletes of the Week.. plus a busy weekend upcoming for RDC Athletics


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RDC Athletics Update From RDC Athletics

Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week:

1. Shayla Sklaruk– Queens Cross Country Running Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
Bachelor of Education Elementary (2nd year)

Shayla Sklaruk (26:50.53) had a strong race at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Grande Prairie on November 9. In snowy and cold weather conditions, the Bachelor of Education Elementary student led the RDC Queens to a fourth place team finish, narrowly missing bronze. Individually, Sklaruk completed the 6 km race in 11th spot in a deep and talented field of the top collegiate female runners across Canada.

2. Devin Saunders – Kings Cross Country Running Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Business Administration General Management (2nd year)

Devin Saunders (29:33.32) ran incredibly well at the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships this past Saturday. In challenging weather conditions, the Business Administration General Management student rose to the occasion. Saunders led the Kings to bronze, which was the first national medal for the RDC men. The second-year competitor from Red Deer placed tenth over 8 km and earned a spot on the CCAA Men’s Cross Country Running All-Canadian team.

This Week in Red Deer College Athletics is sponsored by the RDC Students’ Association

This week the RDC Basketball teams will play two games at home. The Hockey Queens will face the Olds College Broncos in a home-and-home series. The Red Deer College Kings Hockey team will challenge the Portage College Voyageurs twice in Lac La Biche. Both RDC Volleyball squads will compete against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in two road matches.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week:

Queens Basketball | Friday, Nov. 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Red Deer College Queens (3-1) will host the Ambrose University Lions (0-5). The Queens have some momentum after defeating the 2019 CCAA National Champions, the Olds College Broncos, this past Friday. Over four games, the RDC Queens have averaged 69 points, 50.5 rebounds and ten steals. Stauffer, Alberta’s Amy Szymanek has had a great start to the season and shares sixth spot in league scoring with 16.3 points per game.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens will entertain the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (3-2).

Kings Basketball | Friday, Nov.15 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The third place Red Deer College Kings (3-1) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (2-3). Red Deer’s Spencer Klassen sits second in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball with an average of 25 points per game.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov.16 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings will host the undefeated Lethbridge College Kodiaks (5-0). The Kodiaks and Trojans are tied for top spot in the south.

Queens Hockey | Thursday, Nov. 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Olds College

The second place RDC Queens (6-1-1-0) will play the Broncos (1-6-1-0) in Olds. Goaltender Karlee Fetch has been very good in net and sports the second best goals against average (2.16) and save percentage (0.916) in ACAC Women’s Hockey.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens will entertain the Broncos in a rematch.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Portage College

The second place Hockey Kings (6-1-1-0) will face-off against the Portage College Voyageurs (0-7-1-0). Chase Thudium leads the Kings with 12 points. The Kings continue to boast the top power play in the league, with a 95.7 per cent success rate.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 16 | 1:00 p.m. | Portage College

In an afternoon game, the RDC Kings will play the Voyageurs.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

The third place Queens (4-2) will compete against the Rattlers (4-4) in Medicine Hat. The RDC Queens are on a four match winning streak. Red Deer’s Emma Holmes has a hitting percentage of 0.505, which leads ACAC Women’s Volleyball.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | 1:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

The Red Deer College Queens will face the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in an afternoon tilt.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 15 | 8:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

The RDC Kings (5-1) will play the Rattlers (1-7) on the road. Across the league, setter Thomas Wass has averaged the most assists per set (8.95).

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | 3:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

The Rattlers will host the Kings.

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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