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RDC Athletics Announces Athletes Of The Week


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By Sheldon Spackman

RDC Athletics has announced it’s Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week and they include a Queens Cross Country Runner and Kings Basketball player.

Jordanna Cota is a fourth year Nursing student from Red Deer and competes for the Queens Cross Country Running team. She is being recognized for her efforts at the CCAA Women’s Cross-Country Running National Championship held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario last weekend. Cota finished 6th overall out of 115 entrants at the event with a time of 19:21 on the 5 km course. With the top 10 finish, she was named to the CCAA Women’s Cross-Country Running All Canadian team and helped lead the RDC team to a silver medal in Sault Ste. Marie. Last season, Cota finished 18th and moved up 12 spots at this year’s national championship.

The RDC King’s Basketball team beat SAIT 104-96 last Friday and fifth year Management student Shayne Stumpf from Lacombe contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. On Saturday, he finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block as he helped lead the Kings to a 94-59 win over the St. Mary’s University Lightning. Stumpf totalled 43 points in the Kings two games last weekend.

(Photos courtesy of RDC Athletics)

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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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