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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:

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    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month



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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling 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.

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    Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing



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  • April 8, 2019


    Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”

    As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.

    Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.

    As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.

    With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…”  – Parker Thompson

    Click below to learn more about Parker Thompson Racing.


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    fri8mar - 30aprmar 85:30 pmapr 30Real Estate Dinner Theatre(march 8) 5:30 pm - (april 30) 10:00 pm

    fri26apr8:30 am- 4:30 pmApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)Canadian Mental Health Association8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    sat27apr1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sat27apr7:00 pmMusical Theatre ShowcasePresented by the 2019 Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts7:00 pm

    mon29apr1:30 pm- 4:00 pmWellness Recovery Action PlanningCanadian Mental Health Association1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    tue30apr5:30 pm- 7:00 pmLiving Life to the FullCanadian Mental Health Association5:30 pm - 7:00 pm