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Stettler Rugby Star is Female Athlete of the Month

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The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for May 2018 is Emily Brown.  

Emily Brown is an 17 year old, grade 12 student at William E. Hay Secondary School in Stettler.  The Big Valley, AB resident is a competitive Rugby athlete.

Before she discovered rugby, Emily was a multi-sport athlete (all school sports plus hockey and fastball).  In Grade 11, Emily led the WE Hay Wildcats to a Provincial Championship in Basketball.  In the spring of Grade 11 Emily started her Rugby journey with the Stettler Wildcats.  It was love at first sight!  While just starting out as a player, Emily has committed herself to developing the sport in the Stettler area by helping to deliver school and community clinics.  Emily joined the Titans Rugby Club in Red Deer last summer and was part of the Titans incredible run of success. 

2018 started on an incredible note as Emily was selected to Captain the Red Deer/Central Alberta Rugby 7’s team.  They captured their first tournament championship the same month.

This spring, Emily was chosen to represent Alberta as part of Rugby Alberta’s 7’s team that competed at Rugby Canada’s 7’s Nationals in Vancouver.  They brought home the Silver medal.  Emily will continue to compete for Titans and Alberta during the coming summer.

An excellent student/athlete, Emily excels on the pitch and in the classroom where she is an Honors student. Emily will attend the University of Alberta this fall.  She’ll major in Kinesiology and will try to crack the Pandas Rugby roster.

Emily’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will ensure that Emily continues to grow, develop and succeed in her Rugby career!  

ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.

For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca  or 403-342-3231.


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The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta's emerging athletes and coaches. These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home.

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Veteran Reporter Dianne Finstad Inducted into AB Sports Hall of Fame

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Dianne Finstad was born and raised on a ranch in southern Alberta and agriculture has remained a part of her life ever since. Dianne has specialized in rodeo and agriculture reporting for more than three decades covering the stories of rural news with a passion matched by few. After graduating from Lethbridge Community College, Dianne worked at CKRD TV for 25 years, hosting award-winning programs like “This Business of Farming” “Makin’8” and anchoring the evening news. Her coverage of the rodeo circuit has taken her to infields in Alberta’s small towns, and to the biggest rodeo events in North America, The Calgary Stampede, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Dianne continues to cover rural life for numerous publications as a freelance writer. Her passion and professionalism has endeared her to the countless people she interviews, and to those who read, watch and listen to her work.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 Inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.


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Innisfail area golfer is ASDC Central Male Athlete of the Month.

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The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Male Athlete of the Month for May 2018 is Alex Gerrard.  Alex Gerrard is a 14 year old Red Deer County, AB resident, a Grade 9 student at Hunting Hills High School and a competitive Golfer at the Provincial level.

Alex entered his first golf tournament at the age of 8 and has been coached by Jamie Reimer out of the Golf Canada Calgary Centre since the age of 11.  Alex is proud to call both Red Deer Golf and Country and Innisfail Golf Course as his home courses.  A highlight of Alex’s golf career is his 2017 win at the Carstairs CJGA (Canadian Junior Golf Association) Bantam Division.     

Alex looks forward to competing this summer at his first two national level 18 and under events at Golf Canada’s Future Links series at High River, Alberta and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.  Alex’s goal for the 2018 season is to make the cut at the Provincial Junior Boys Division (18 and under) and win three or more CJGA or MJT (Maple Leaf Junior Tour) tournaments.  Alex’s long term goal is to play on a Division 1 NCAA team in the USA. 

Alex credits the ASDC-Central program for helping him build and maintain his strength in his off season.   Since joining ASDC-C, Alex is hitting his drive 30 yards longer. 

Alex’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and his training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in his golf career!  

ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.

ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month – Alex Gerrard

For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca  or 403-342-3231.


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