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The Boys from Brazil Bolster RDC Kings Soccer Club

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When Coach Wade Groenewegen took the reigns for a second time at the helm of the RDC Soccer Kings he was already thinking of ways to recruit players to Red Deer College.  Coach Groenewegen wasn’t going to let provincial or even national borders stand in his way.  That’s why two years into this coaching stint, there’s a whole new look to the Kings.  5 players who grew up playing in Brazil are attending classes at RDC and starting to show up on the scoresheet too.  In just the third week of the season one Brazilian has even been named RDC Male Athlete of the Week.  Meet one of the Boys from Brazil… Matheus Alves.

You can see the Boys from Brazil Sunday at RDC when the Queens and the Kings take on the Lakeland College Rustlers.  Games are at noon at 2.

And here’s the post from RDC on the Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week… 

1. Mikayla Fujimoto – Queens Soccer Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

Over the weekend, midfielder Mikayla Fujimoto was a key player for the RDC Queens, helping them to a pair of victories. The Bachelor of Education Elementary student was one of the leaders and displayed a strong work ethic in the Queens’ 5 – 0 shutout win against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on Saturday. With speed and tenacious play, the first-year student-athlete had another strong game in the 1 – 0 home decision over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. Fujimoto’s contributions went beyond statistics as she was solid on both sides of ball, advancing the Queens’ offensive attack and breaking up the opponents’ attempts. She made significant contributions that resulted in the RDC Queens (4 – 1 – 0) gaining six points and sole possession of second spot in the south standings.

2. Matheus Alves – Kings Soccer

Hometown – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Academic Upgrading (2nd year)

This past weekend, Matheus Alves played an integral role in the Red Deer College Kings earning two wins and six points in the standings. In Saturday’s 5 – 2 victory against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, the second-year student-athlete opened the scoring for the Kings in the 5th minute and added another goal in the 55th minute. Alves, who is from Rio de Janeiro, was effective creating offensive chances in the Kings’ 3 – 2 win over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks on Sunday. With dangerous runs and skilled dribbling, the quick midfielder created problems for opposing defenders all weekend, and was praised by Kings Soccer Head Coach Wade Groenewegen for an outstanding effort. With the wins, Alves helped the Kings (3 – 1 – 1) climb into a tie for second spot in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Soccer South Division with 10 points.

This Week in RDC Athletics

Queens Soccer | Friday, September 28 | 4:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

In Calgary, the second place RDC Queens (4 – 1 – 0) will face the fifth Ambrose University Lions (1 – 2 – 1) in ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division action. Offensively, the Queens have scored the second most goals in the south with 13 and have allowed the third fewest (6) in five games. In one fewer game, the Lions have scored four goals (sixth) and allowed 11 (fifth). Stettler’s Alisha Coules and Red Deer’s Mikayla Fujimoto are two of the offensive leaders for RDC, scoring three goals each.

Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 30 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC

At the RDC Main Field, the Red Deer College Queens (4 – 1 – 0) will play the Lakeland College Rustlers (0 – 5 – 0).

Kings Soccer | Friday, September 28 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

The second place RDC Kings (3 – 1 – 1) will play the seventh seeded Ambrose University Lions (0 – 3 – 1) on the road. The offence of the Kings has been clicking. Over five games, the RDC Kings have averaged 3.4 goals per game which places them in a tie with the SAIT Trojans for the highest offensive output in the south. Theoren Gill, a third-year midfielder from Red Deer, shares third spot in ACAC Men’s Soccer goal scoring with four.

Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 30 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC

The RDC Kings (3 – 1 – 1) will face the Lakeland College Rustlers (0 – 4 – 1) at home.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

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Olympic Dream one step closer for driven Red Deer swimmer

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She’s only 14 but Elle Couture is taking her dreams up a notch after some great results at the Alberta Summer Swim Championships.     Couture, who swims with the Sylvan Lake Nauticals, picked up 2 bronze medals and 2 more 4th place finishes at provincials.  Her bronze medals came in the 50 Meter and 200 Meter Breast Stroke.   She finished fourth in both the 100 meter Breast Stroke, and in the 100 meter Freestyle events.

Best of all, her time in the 100 Meter Breast Stroke has qualified her to swim at the Canadian Trials next spring where the top swimmers will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!   Elle also has chance qualify for the 200 meter Breast Stroke as her best time is just 0.11 seconds off the standard.   She’ll look to improve that time at Canadian Jr. Nationals coming up in Calgary.

In her age category, she is currently ranked 12th in the country in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke!

The Jr. Nationals are coming up late this month.   Couture will swim in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke events, plus the 50 and 100 Meter Freestyle events.  Then in August Elle is heading to the Western Canada Summer Games where she will represent Alberta in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke Individual and Relay events!

Elle Couture has benefited from her participation in ASDC Central programming.   In January 2018 she was named ASDC Central Athlete of the Month.   Here’s Elle’s ASDC Central Athlete of the Month video profile.

 

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ASDC Athlete of the Month, named to Canada’s U20 Pan Am Games team

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It’s time to take another look at this profile video of Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon. Lauzon is lighting it up at meets around Alberta this season and that will mean a couple of big trips this summer. The Red Deer Titans Track and Field club member started the season with Canada’s best U20 time in the 200m and has since bettered that time. His personal best 200M time is now 20.90 which is putting him on the national and international track and field radar.

Lauzon has been named to Canada’s national team and he’s going to be representing Canada in the U20 Pan Am Games in Costa Rica in July!

Check out this video profile of Jeremiah courtesy of Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central Alberta.

The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for May 2019 is Jeremiah Lauzon. Jeremiah Lauzon is an 18 year old Red Deer, AB resident, Grade 12 student at Lindsay Thurber High School (LTCHS) and a competitive track & field athlete specializing in the sprints.

Jeremiah will represent Lindsay Thurber this coming weekend at ASAA Track & Field Provincials in Calgary in the 100M, 200M, 4 x 100M relay and the 4 x 400M relay. Last week, Jeremy captured all 4 events in the Zone Track & Field meet in Red Deer, winning the boys Aggregate Title.

Running for the Red Deer Titans Track Club this May, at a Track meet in Calgary, Jeremiah ran the best 200M race of his career to date, posting a time of 21.20 seconds. This time translates to the #1 ranking in Canada in the U20 age group, the #2 ranking in Canada in the U23 age group, and #11 overall men’s ranking in Canada at the 200M distance. This time also met the 200M qualifying standard for the Pan-American Games beginning July 24 in Lima, Peru. Jeremiah must await an announcement from Athletics Canada on whether he will be selected for the Pan-Am team.

Jeremiah graduates this month from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and has accepted a scholarship to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, BC and will begin classes this fall. SFU competes at the NCAA Division II level which will provide Jeremiah many opportunities to train and compete in the US moving forward. Jeremiah’s long term goal would be to compete in a summer Olympic Games for Haiti, his country of birth.

With Jeremiah’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 athletics career!

Anchor leg of 4X100 relay gold medal zone performance.

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 – Jeremiah Lauzon

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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