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Vault specialist from Exelta Gymnastics is ASDC 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.

    2019 Canada Winter Games

    An interactive schedule for all the sporting events in week 1 of the 2019 Canada Winter Games

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  • The Canada Games Website features a fantastic interactive calendar.  Click on any of the events in this calendar to find all the information you’ll need!

    Interactive Schedule (& Results) for the first week of the 2019 Canada Winter Games

    Sport Tue
    19/02
    Wed
    20/02
    Thu
    21/02
    Fri
    22/02
    Artistic Swimming
    Biathlon
    Boxing
    Freestyle Skiing
    Gymnastics
    Hockey
    Ringette
    Speed Skating
    Table Tennis
    Wheelchair Basketball

     


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    Alberta Woman “in a league of her own” passes away at 93

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  • Betty Carveth Dunn (nee Carveth), enshrined in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame just 2 years ago, has died.

    Betty, a member of the Rockford Peaches back in 1945, was one of just 64 Canadian women to play in Phil Wrigley’s World War II era All American Girls Professional Baseball League.   The league and in particular the Rockford Peaches were the inspiration for the Tom Hanks / Geena Davis movie A League of Their Own.

    Dunn was 93.

    The day of her induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame I was fortunate to sit down and interview Betty.  Here’s a post we made for that interview followed by her Induction video for The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

    Born in 1925, Betty Carveth grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and became a part of baseball history.

    Betty Carveth was one of only sixty-four Canadian women to play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  A right-handed pitcher, she played during the 1945 season with the Rockford Peaches and was traded mid-season to the Fort Wayne Daisies.  She returned home to Edmonton and became the city’s first female Little League Baseball coach and coached the boys for 10 years.  At the age of 12, she pitched for the Twilight Ladies Softball team which won three Peace River Championships in a row.  In the mid-1940s, she pitched for Edmonton’s top-rated Walk-Rite women’s baseball team.

    Betty played for the Walk-Rite team from 1943-1945 at the age of eighteen to twenty.  It was during this time that a scout saw her play and asked her to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the United States; a league that was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”  Betty played from April to October in 1945, earning $75 a week – which was four times more than she had made as a secretary back in Edmonton.  There was a list of rules and a dress code the players had to abide to, both on and off the field.  They attended a half day of beauty school and were told to look and act like ladies, however while on the field, they were to play ball like men.  Sliding into a base or making a flying catch was not pleasant as the uniforms were short dresses, knee socks, and caps which provided very little protection.

    When the 1945 season closed, Betty returned to Edmonton and demonstrated her love for baseball by promoting and signing autographs throughout the years that followed.  She was named Ambassador of Baseball for the inaugural IBAF (International Baseball Federation) Women’s World Baseball Championship in 2004 and then named Special Ambassador in 2012.  She threw the ceremonial first pitch at both tournaments and did again in 2015 at one of the Edmonton Prospects games.

    As a member of the AAGPBL, Betty was inducted into the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, USA in 1988.  She was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 with the Canadian AAGPBL players.


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