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Two RDC runners finish top ten at nationals


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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:

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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