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RDC Curling Teams Earn Medals At National Championship!


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Saturday, was the final day at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships in Camrose and both Red Deer College Curling teams were in the hunt for a medal. The Red Deer College Women’s Curling team (Brett DayKatie PrimroseSara McMannMarla Sherrer and Taylor Konschuh) peaked at the right time. After a strong Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Curling Championships where the group earned silver, the women’s team elevated their game, defeated top seeded Fanshawe in the semi-finals and then won over the ACAC gold medal winners, Concordia, to earn a CCAA Women’s Curling National Championship. After a morning setback, the RDC men (Jordan Smith, Austin Kelts-Larsen, Ty Parcels, Ryan Dahmer and David Austin) showed persistence and picked up a bronze medal in the afternoon.

On sheet 3 at 9:30 a.m., the RDC Queens played well in the semi-finals, defeated the 1st place Fanshawe Falcons 7-5 and earned an opportunity to play for national gold. Concordia defeated NAIT 8-7 to set up a showdown between the 2 ACAC squads for the national title.

In the men’s morning semi-finals, the Mohawk Mountaineers defeated the RDC Kings 8-1. The Fanshawe Falcons won 13-5 over the Humber Hawks in the other semi-final. This set up a Fanshawe and Mohawk matchup for gold, while RDC and Humber faced each other for bronze.

In the medal games, RDC Curling Head Coach Brad Hamilton had both RDC teams well prepared and they came away with some hardware. At 2:30 p.m., the Red Deer College women faced a familiar opponent, the Concordia Thunder. Even though the Thunder won ACAC gold it didn’t faze the Queens. The RDC Women’s Curling team was sharp, defeated Concordia 7-6 and claimed a national gold medal. The Fanshawe women picked up bronze after they won 8-7 over NAIT. At the same time, the RDC Men’s Curling team soundly defeated the Humber Hawks 10-3 and earned a CCAA Curling National bronze medal. The Fanshawe men’s team won gold after they defeated Mohawk 7-4.

Once the RDC women’s team found their groove it was difficult for other teams to beat them.

“The women got off to a slow start but got on a roll to qualify for the playoffs,” said Hamilton, who was named the CCAA Women’s Curling Coach of the Year. “They saved their best for the playoffs and had two huge wins to take gold. Brett Day was named the CCAA Women’s Curling Tournament All-Star Second.”

Hamilton liked the ability of the RDC Men’s Curling team to persevere for a national medal after a setback in the semi-finals.

“The men had a great week winning the round robin,” said Hamilton. “Unfortunately, they struggled in the semi-finals but rebounded with a great game to win the bronze medal. Ryan Dahmer was named the CCAA Men’s Curling Tournament All-Star Skip.”

The RDC women last won CCAA gold in 2014 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In 2012, the Red Deer College men’s team last picked up a national medal when they earned silver in Peterborough, Ontario.

2017 CCAA Women’s Curling Medals

Gold – RDC

Silver – Concordia

Bronze – Fanshawe

2017 CCAA Men’s Curling Medals

Gold – Fanshawe

Silver – Mohawk

(Photo courtesy of 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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