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‘The Games We Play’ Feature Exhibit

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  • The Games We Play
    Written By Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
    In February, we launched our new feature exhibit “The Games We Play,” which is filled with traditional table top games, some indigenous hand games, and several video game consoles.
    The feedback we received from friends, volunteers, and guests has been overwhelmingly positive, however, we are often asked, ‘How do games, especially video games, tie into sports?’ I love this question because it allows me to share why this exhibit means so much to me and why I was so excited to do the research, write the storyline, and watch the whole exhibit come together.
    I grew up in a house where we played family games more than sports, so these were my very first introductions to sports. I vividly remember sitting on the floor playing crokinole with my grandpa while he visited from Ontario. I remember the strange phantom pain I felt in my fingertips when the game piece hit the pegs, even though my fingers were nowhere near the board. Later, while watching the Ferby Four curl on TV with my dad, I made the connection between the sport of curling and the crokinole game.
    I have similar memories of video games. I can remember being 5 or 6 and watching my brother play NHL ‘95. He took the time to explain to me who all the different players and teams were and his choices. It is the first real memory I have that is attached to hockey, which is now one of my favourite sports to watch and follow. These childhood memories give a broader appreciation for how these games allow us, as children and fans, to interact with the teams and players we love. Now married, I spend many nights curled up with my husband as he plays NHL ‘18 and MLB Showtime.
    When I started planning this exhibit, I was very nervous. While I love creating exhibits highlighting technology and equipment evolution, I was even more excited to make something that would prompt my generation and younger to remember their first sports video games. While “The Games We Play” might not be what you expect in a sports museum, this exhibit will show exactly how games and sports belong together.


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    Golden RDC Track Star earns athlete of the week award

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  • From RDC Athletics

    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    1. Shayla Sklaruk – Queens Indoor Track  Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

    This past weekend, Shayla was a key contributor for the RDC Queens, helping her squad win silver at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships at Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary. Over two days of competition, the Bachelor of Education student earned three gold medals along with the silver.

    Shayla won gold in the 300 m (42.33), over two and a half seconds faster than silver medalist Shaunice Burgers from MacEwan University (44.87). The first-year runner also captured gold over 600 m (1:38.81), crossing the finish line over six seconds quicker than the second place runner (1:44.97).

    Shayla, who’s from Stony Plain, was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 m relay team (4:20.21). Lauren Pasiuk, Jill Stewart and Sandra Garcia-Bernal joined Sklaruk on the first place relay squad.

    2. Matt Hope – Kings Indoor Track  Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matt Hope was an important member of the Red Deer College Kings’ bronze medal performance at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary last weekend.

    Individually, the third-year earned bronze in the men’s 1,000 m final (2:36.15), less than three and a half seconds behind first-place Leonard Chesoo (2:32.89) of Concordia University. Then in the 1,500 m, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student from Red Deer added another bronze to his collection, with a time of 4:08.57. Matt’s result was impressively over 11 seconds faster than fourth place.

    Competition for Red Deer College teams has wrapped up for another season, with many successes to be celebrated on and off the playing surface. Throughout the course of the year, thousands of sports fans have enjoyed the excitement of high quality competition at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) level.  Six RDC teams had the honour of playing in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, while all student-athletes were able to benefit from the learning and training opportunities in the new facility. In addition, many student-athletes found time to give back to the communities that support them, positively influencing children, teens and members of the public.

    At the upcoming 2019 RDC Athletics Awards Night on Tuesday, April 16, the volunteerism, medals, and team work will be honoured in the Arts Centre, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca


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    Join our local troops this Friday when the Rebels take on the Hurricanes in their final home game of the season

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  • It’s Military Night this Friday when the Red Deer Rebels host their final home game of the season against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

    You can learn all about careers in the Army Reserve and talk to soldiers who will be in attendance both before and throughout the game.  As well, the soldiers will form an Honour Guard as the Rebels recognize excellence with their year-end awards.

    Get to the game early and take advantage of the displays set up on site.  Talk to the soldiers – they are there to help you understand what they do in their day to day role in the Army Reserve. A career in the Canadian Army Reserve can be exciting and rewarding.  If you’re heading into post-secondary, you may want to learn about the summer employment opportunities.

    “Our goal is to bring more awareness to the military in the Central Alberta region”, said Lloyd Lewis, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment.  “We have a very active group of soldiers that operate out of Cormack Armoury, including 41 Signal Regiment and 78 Field Battery. This is a way to recognize and support them and raise awareness. We really thank the Rebels organization for the opportunity showcase the Military at the game.”

    “We are looking forward to recognizing the citizens of our country who have made the choice to put themselves in between confrontation and the rest of us”, said Dean Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Red Deer Rebels. “The Canadian Military is a team that has many of the same values and strengths that our team needs to be successful.  We want to recognize our Canadian Military and thank them for their service.”

    Here are a series of recent photos of some of our local soldiers in various training activities.

    The Canadian Forces in Red Deer consist of the Primary Reserve 78th Field Battery, which is part of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 2 Squadron, 41 Signal Regiment, a Reserve Force communications unit that provides communication information systems, strategic infrastructure services and support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Alberta. There are approximately 75 soldiers based out of Cormack Armoury in Red Deer.

    The Army Reserves is a professional part-time force that provides local engagement and responsive integrated capability, at home and abroad in support of the Army mission.

    The Military Family Resource Centre has taken an active role is organizing the night.  The MFRC works to empower and support military families. They offer a variety of programs and services including mental health supports, social activities, workshops and training, family separation and reunification support, deployment support, children and youth programs, and referral services to help. Our families are the strength behind the uniform, and we’re here for them.

    Tickets can be purchased online at http://reddeerrebels.com/regularseason.

    Central Alberta has a long and storied military history.  Click here to learn more.  Photos courtesy City of Red Deer Archives

     

     


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