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RDC Queens Cross Country Runners Earn Silver At National Championship


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By Sheldon Spackman

It was a great weekend for RDC Athletics, with the highlight being a Silver Medal at the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country Running National Championship in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The Queens Jordanna Cota finished 6th overall in the competition with a time of 19:21 and was named to the 2016 Women’s Cross-Country Running All-Canadian team. Finishing in 14th place was Jill Stewart, crossing the finish line in 19:41. Placing 29th overall was Janaya Garbe with a time of 20:35. Amy Severtson was 6 seconds behind with a time of 20:41 and placed 31st. Breanna Berridge completed the race in 21:24 (52nd), Samantha Debree finished in 22:07 (74th) and Laura Szymanek ran the course in 22:14 (79th).

In a release, RDC Cross-Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott was very pleased with the accomplishment. “I’m so proud of them. Everyone ran their best and as a coach that is all I can ask for,” said Elliott. “The student-athletes finished the race with no regrets and gave it their all.”

Elsewhere, the RDC Queens Volleyball team swept the Olds College Broncos in 3 straight sets at the RDC Main Gym on Friday, (25-22, 25-17, 25-23). In a weekend rematch in Olds on Saturday, the Queens once again defeated the Broncos in 3 sets (25-22, 26-24, 30-28). The Queens now improve to 7-3 on the season and share first place in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division.

As for the Kings Volleyball team, they defeated the Olds College Broncos in 3 sets at the RDC Main Gym on Friday, (25-8, 25-12, 25-15). On Saturday in Olds, the Kings defeated the Broncos in 3 sets (25-12, 25-11, 25-17). With the victory, the Kings improve their record to 8-2 and hold top spot in the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division.

The RDC Queens Basketball team was in Calgary over the weekend. They were defeated by the SAIT Trojans 67-62 on Friday and at St. Mary’s University on Saturday, the Queens lost 103-61 to the Lightning.

As for the Kings, they defeated the SAIT Trojans 104-96 in Calgary on Friday. On Saturday, the Kings defeated the St. Mary’s University Lightning 94-59 to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Kings now sit in first place in the ACAC Men’s Basketball South Division.

Finally, the RDC Kings hockey team was in Camrose on Friday and defeated the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 4-1. Saturday saw the Vikings win 5-3 in the second half of the home and home series. The Kings sit in 5th place out of 8 teams in ACAC Men’s Hockey.

As for the Queens, they lost 5-4 in a shootout to NAIT up in Edmonton on Saturday night. The Queens now share second place in ACAC Women’s Hockey with a 6-3 record.

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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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