Two RDC runners finish top ten at nationals
RDC Athletics Update
Red Deer, November 13, 2018 – Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Boston Pizza
Athletes of the Week.
Jill Stewart – Queens Cross Country Running
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (3rd year)
This past Saturday, Jill Stewart (24:30) had a strong race at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Ontario. Over 6 km, the Red Deer runner finished 10th overall in a competitive field, leading the Queens to a national bronze medal in challenging running conditions. With the top 10 finish, the Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student received the honour of being named an All-Canadian.
Matthew Hope – Kings Cross Country Running Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)
Matthew Hope has been among the top Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) male
runners this year, and also proved his talent on the national circuit on November 10. At the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student (28:01) finished third, earning national bronze over 8 km in snowy and cool temperatures. Despite an ailing back, the third-year student-athlete showed a lot of heart and was named an All-Canadian for his outstanding bronze medal achievement.
This Week in RDC Athletics
This week, there are several exciting ACAC matchups on tap. The Hockey Queens will face-off against the NAIT Ooks in a pair of games. The RDC Kings Hockey team will play the SAIT Trojans in a home-and-home series. Both volleyball squads will compete against the Ambrose University Lions in two matches and the Red Deer College Basketball teams will host the Lions on Saturday evening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
For convenience, game tickets can be purchased online.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT
In Edmonton, the third place RDC Queens (4-4) will challenge the NAIT Ooks (8-2). Veronika Bucifalova and Kaely McMurtry have continued their chemistry on the ice. The gifted linemates have scored six goals each, sharing the league lead. Bucifalova, a first-year forward from Czech Republic, also shares top spot for overall points in ACAC Women’s Hockey with 11.
Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The venue will shift to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, as the two teams will hit the ice in the second half of the home-and-home series.
Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Kings (7-2-0-1) will face-off against the SAIT Trojans (7-3-0-0) at home. The Kings share first place in the standings with the MacEwan University Griffins. Both teams have 15 points and the SAIT Trojans are one point back, so this will be an important weekend series.
RDC’s Dylan Baer will enter this game on a roll. The talented blueliner has recorded 10 points in 10 games while taking care of his own zone, and he scored a hat trick in Saturday’s overtime victory against the Portage College Voyageurs.
Second-year Kings’ forward Lynnden Pastachak assisted on all three of Baer’s markers, and the Kinesiology student from Bienfait, Saskatchewan contributed seven points in two games, helping the Kings take four of a possible four points this past weekend.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT
The Kings and Trojans will square off in Calgary.
Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Queens (5-5) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (6 – 2). Both teams will enter the match on a winning streak. The Queens have won four in a row and the Lions have captured five straight.
The Lions will host the 2018-19 ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship.
Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
In a rematch, the Volleyball Queens will take on the Lions on the road.
Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The second place Red Deer College Kings (6-4) will host the sixth seeded Ambrose University Lions (2-6). Regan Fathers, a talented right side hitter, leads ACAC Men’s Volleyball with 5.74 kills per set.
Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
Following the Queens, the Kings and Lions will meet.
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The hard-working Basketball Queens will face the Ambrose University Lions at home.
Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The third place RDC Kings (4-2) will hit the hardwood against the second place Ambrose University Lions (5-1). The Kings have been strong on the boards. Six-foot-four forward Eric Bakker leads the way with 8.2 rebounds per game.
For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca
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News release from the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce to form Task Force on Homelessness in Red Deer
The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be convening a Task Force of community and business leaders to address the issues of homelessness and identify actionable steps which can be taken to tackle this generational challenge in Red Deer.
“With the release of the City of Red Deer’s Point in Time (PIT) Report on homelessness last week we are very concerned and disappointed with the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place, and the urgency by which we need to turn this situation around within our city,” commented Scott Robinson CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly our current strategies are not enough, and we need to elevate the urgency by which we get things done to reduce the number of citizens who are without a place to live. The growing number of people who are homeless is not sustainable and is impacting on our sense of pride, safety and attractiveness of our city to business and industry.”
“We will share more about this Task Force and the next steps in the coming weeks. Time has run out to act with conviction, courage, and clarity. Our community and citizens deserve that from our community leaders, and we are ready to bring the business community and the urgency required to the table.”
Over the next 60 days, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be reaching out to its business and social agency partners to build the Task Force on homelessness and establish a strategy to address the critical steps that need to be taken to reverse the trends and further our community’s vision as a vibrant and healthy city.
Matt Cassidy, Chamber Board President. remarked “Our Chamber is positioned to be the collaborative leader in connecting our business community, social agencies, and elected officials together, to find tangible progress on this complex issue. All businesses rely on the vibrancy of our community as they strive to be sustainable, innovative, or grow, and the results of the PIT Report indicate that we need to do much more. This task force will help hold our leaders accountable for the actionable progress needed and engage one another effectively.”
“In speaking with our membership, and those working closely with the vulnerable populations there are best practices and models for delivery that are successful in other parts of the world that we need to start implementing” says Robinson. In addition, we need to look at ways that our private sector can get more involved and bring their expertise and strategic thinking to the table. As a collaborative community we also need to ensure that governments at all levels are delivering on their promises of affordable housing and eliminating barriers to expediting these investments.
Established in 1894 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative business leader representing over 825 member businesses. As one of Red Deer’s oldest and most established membership organizations we are striving to build a vibrant community that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.
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