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Volleyball Action At Hunting Hills Oct 20th

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By Sheldon Spackman

Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer is the place to be for Volleyball action Thursday night. Both the Notre Dame Junior Girls and Boys Volleyball teams will play away games vs. Hunting Hills High School. The girls start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys to follow.

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PARKER THOMPSON BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH INCREDIBLE TWO SERIES WEEKEND AT TORONTO INDY

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Parker Thompson representing Abel Sports in Toronto Indy

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TORONTO, ONTARIO

Parker Thompson may be the busiest road racing driver on the continent. Since March, the young Alberta native has raced 27 times in four different series. Challenging for championship titles in both open-wheel race cars and sports cars, Thompson has shown incredible skill and versatility. That was most evident this weekend when Thompson raced in both the Indy Pro 2000 by Cooper Tires series, and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series as part of the Honda Indy Toronto event. With four alternating races, Thompson demonstrated an adaptability seldom seen in motorsports. In an incredible performance, he earned three podium finishes and the Yokohama Tires Hard Charger award. The result puts an exclamation mark on his accomplishments so far this year, and further reinforces his status as one of the continents top young drivers.

With a busy ten session schedule over the three day weekend, Thompson could often be seen hurrying between the Porsche GT3 and Indy Pro 2000 paddocks located at opposite ends of the event site in downtown Toronto. Competing in two series during the same event presented a variety of challenges not typical of most race weekends.

“There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into every single session we do on the race track. Balancing two different series this weekend would never have been possible without incredible support from my teams, Abel Motorsports [Indy Pro 2000] and Sports Car Boutique [IMSA GT3 Canada]. Getting the maximum out of two very different cars was a tremendous challenge. The Porsche GT3 Cup Car, and the Tatuus PM-18 Indy Pro 2000 car are not only very different in size and handling characteristics, but they also require a very different strategy and approach during race action. Going back and forth between vehicles, and jumping straight into race pace really tested my concentration and ability to remember key markers and set-up notes for this very unforgiving Streets of Toronto track. This was probably my most stressful weekend of racing ever, but I’m overjoyed by our results! In these two highly competitive series, I always feel blessed to stand on the podium. Doing that three out of four times this weekend feels like a huge achievement.” – Parker Thompson

The first of three podiums came with Abel Motorsports in Indy Pro 2000, where Thompson began his first race of the weekend from seventh position in the thirteen car line up. Navigating traffic and multiple yellow flag incidents on the challenging street course, Thompson maneuvered the #8 Abel Motorsports car to a 3rd place finish.

Race 2 in Indy Pro 2000 featured a relentless duel between Thompson and championship leader Rasmus Lindh. Starting in P3 and P2 respectively, the two drivers exchanged places multiple times early in the race. Thompson would make a final pass in turn 3 of the Toronto street course, and hold off Lindh for the remainder of the race to earn a second place finish.

Parker Thompson Toronto Indy 2nd Place

In GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson began Race 1 from 7th position after a heavy rain prior to race start created conditions that challenged a variety of drivers and teams. In a clear demonstration of car control, Thompson navigated the #3 SCB Racing / Porsche Centre Victoria car around the drying track, executing four passes in the first seven laps. The performance earned him the Yokohama Tires Hard Charger Award, and the final step on the podium.

Parker Thompson 3rd place in Toronto

In Race 2 of GT3 Canada, a rare mistake from Thompson saw his Porsche make contact with a tire wall in turn eight. Continuing the race from the back of the field, a lengthy yellow flag resulting from a crash between drivers Metni and Dussault allowed Thompson to rejoin the main group and improve his position. Piloting a car with front end damage, he would work his way up to 5th position before the 45-minute race expired.

This incredible weekend marked the 100th race of Thompson’s young career, and performing double duty was a fitting celebration of that milestone. Since 2015, Thompson has had a steady career, earning wins in every type of car he has raced. In one-hundred races, he has earned 55 podiums and 26 race wins. His lifetime winning and podium percentages are outstanding by any measure, but Thompson’s numbers this season are even more impressive. In 2019, he has won exactly a third of his races, and placed on the podium more than three quarters of the time.

After one weekend off, Thompson will resume his busy schedule on July 26th with three consecutive race weekends in Indy Pro 2000, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship. He is currently second place in overall championship standings for Indy Pro 2000 and GT3 Canada, and he is leading the Canadian Touring Car Championship GTS standings.

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Olympic Dream one step closer for driven Red Deer swimmer

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She’s only 14 but Elle Couture is taking her dreams up a notch after some great results at the Alberta Summer Swim Championships.     Couture, who swims with the Sylvan Lake Nauticals, picked up 2 bronze medals and 2 more 4th place finishes at provincials.  Her bronze medals came in the 50 Meter and 200 Meter Breast Stroke.   She finished fourth in both the 100 meter Breast Stroke, and in the 100 meter Freestyle events.

Best of all, her time in the 100 Meter Breast Stroke has qualified her to swim at the Canadian Trials next spring where the top swimmers will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!   Elle also has chance qualify for the 200 meter Breast Stroke as her best time is just 0.11 seconds off the standard.   She’ll look to improve that time at Canadian Jr. Nationals coming up in Calgary.

In her age category, she is currently ranked 12th in the country in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke!

The Jr. Nationals are coming up late this month.   Couture will swim in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke events, plus the 50 and 100 Meter Freestyle events.  Then in August Elle is heading to the Western Canada Summer Games where she will represent Alberta in the 100 and 200 Meter Breast Stroke Individual and Relay events!

Elle Couture has benefited from her participation in ASDC Central programming.   In January 2018 she was named ASDC Central Athlete of the Month.   Here’s Elle’s ASDC Central Athlete of the Month video profile.

 

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