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Vault specialist from Exelta Gymnastics is Athlete of the Month

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for March 2018 is Ruby Butler.

    Ruby Butler is a 15 year old, grade 10 student at Notre Dame High School, Red Deer resident and a competitive Artistic Gymnast at Exelta Gymnastics for the past ten years.

    Ruby began gymnastics when she was 14 months old, and loved somersaulting, climbing and trampolining.  She began competitive gymnastics when she was 4 years old and is still excited every day to go the gym.

    Ruby maintains Honors academic status at school while training over 22 hours per week at Exelta as well as coaching in the Exelta recreation program every week.

    Ruby excels at the Vault event of competitive Artistic Gymnastics and this has seen her on the podium for Vault in almost every competition she has entered this season.

    Now in her 3rd year with ASDC-C, Ruby and her coach, Barb Bilsborrow, both agree that ASDC has helped Ruby with the mental side of her sport and has allowed her overcome some of her specific fears on the balance beam and allows her to focus on the positive.  With Ruby’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central she will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her Artistic Gymnastics 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.

    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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    The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta's emerging athletes and coaches. These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home.

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    Canada Winter Games Volunteer Centre is open!

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  • As exciting as new buildings and facilities are, the 2019 Canada Games will owe its success to one thing more than anything else… volunteers.  It will take about 5,000 volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly.  It’s a massive effort the likes of which Red Deer has never seen.  But the Canada Games team is absolutely confident that the people of Central Alberta will come through.  In fact they wouldn’t have bid on the games if they weren’t sure the public would support them by volunteering.

    While hundreds have already signed up in the months and years leading to the event… now is the time for everyone to fill those 5,000 critical jobs.

    With 10 months to go before the games start, the 2019 Canada Winter Games has opened a Volunteer Centre for anyone interested to come, ask questions, become informed, and even sign up to help out.    The Volunteer Centre’s fist day is  Saturday, April 21.  There’s an open house from 10 am to 2 pm. CEO Scott Robinson fills us in.

     


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    Notre Dame Volleyball star is ASDC Central Athlete of the Month

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for April 2018 is Samantha Gagnon.

    Samantha Gagnon is an 18 year old, grade 12 student at Notre Dame High School, Red Deer resident and a competitive Volleyball athlete.

    Samantha (Sam) comes from a volleyball family with both parents having played university and professional volleyball, with her father having represented Canada in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Volleyball. Sam played the past two seasons with the Senior Volleyball Team at Notre Dame High School, the past 5 seasons with the Queens Volleyball Club, and this past summer (2017) was a member of Team Alberta (17U age group) that competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida.

    An excellent student/athlete, Sam excels on the court, in the classroom and is an accomplished musician and fluent in French.  Sam has been part of ASDC-Central’s Athlete Enhancement Program since 2016 and is part of the Gold level program for athletes who have committed themselves to their sport and their training.

    Gagnon’s club team is pushing hard for a medal at the upcoming provincial final tournament, which might be the end of the road for many other grade 12’s.  Not Gagnon though.  Samantha has signed on to play with the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna next year, where she will major in Business.

    Sam’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will ensure that Sam continues to grow, develop and succeed in her Volleyball career!

     

    Congratulations to Samantha Gagnon, ASDC Athlete of the month!

    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.

    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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