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RDC To Host Men’s Volleyball Championship This Weekend


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The top eight men’s volleyball teams in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) will soon arrive at RDC to determine this year’s conference champion. The 2016- 2017 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship will take place from February 23 to 25 in the Main Gym at Red Deer College.

“This is a great opportunity for people from across central Alberta to see some of the best men’s volleyball competition in the nation,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “When we have the opportunity to showcase this type of high-level sport in Red Deer, it’s exciting for fans and it also helps to ignite a passion for volleyball in young players, as well as coaches and officials from across the community.”

St-Denis notes that RDC has an extensive history of hosting ACAC Championships. “This allows us to showcase our teams, but it’s also part of our mandate as a member of the ACAC. Hosting the Men’s Volleyball Championship gives RDC the opportunity to highlight top athletes from across the conference,” she says.

Many of these top athletes will be recognized at the ACAC 2016-17 Men’s Volleyball Award Presentations, which take place on February 22. The awards will be presented to student-athletes from across the conference, based on their performances in the regular season.

And with the tournament set to begin next week, the championship is sure to feature exciting and highly competitive matches as teams look to advance to the National Championship, scheduled for March 8 to 11 at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. “The ACAC consistently produces elite teams that are competitive at the national level,” says St-Denis. “This championship at RDC promises to showcase incredible volleyball, right here in central Alberta.”

2016-17 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship schedule:

Award Presentations

  • Wednesday, February 22
  • Doors open at 9:45 am
  • Award Presentations begin at 10 am Mainstage, Red Deer College Arts Centre (see map).

Awards will be presented to:

  • Coach of the Year (North and South)
  • Player of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year (North and South)
  • North All-Conference Team
  • South All-Conference Team
  • Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Nominations

Tournament Schedule (all games take place in RDC Main Gym):

  • Thursday, February 23: 1 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm (RDC Kings), 8 pm
  • Friday, February 24: 12 pm, 2 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
  • Saturday, February 25: 11 am, 1 pm (bronze medal game), 3:30 pm (gold medal game)

The games can also be viewed 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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