John Herdman, two-time Olympic Women’s Bronze Medal Soccer Coach, was the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual RDC Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast held this morning.
“We were very pleased to welcome John Herdman as the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Breakfast this morning, as it continues our tradition of showcasing nationally renowned individuals from sports and the sporting industry at this event,” said Michael Donlevy, Vice President, Enterprise and Community Relations. “The Scholarship Breakfast is an important opportunity for Red Deer College to connect with our larger community to support the Athletic Leadership Fund, and funds raised at this event support student-athlete scholarships”.
At the event, the Scott Builders Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarships were presented to Luke Brisbane of the Kings Volleyball team and to Jordanna Cota of Cross-Country and Indoor Track.
Brisbane, a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student, was captain of the CCAA National Champions Kings Volleyball team in 2016-17. He had a strong season on the court, being named an ACAC South All-Conference team member, an ACAC Championship All-Star and a CCAA Championship 1st team all-star. Brisbane also volunteered his time as a coach and mentor for young community athletes in the Kings Volleyball Club program, and he volunteered as a peer-tutor at RDC.
When asked about his experience as an RDC King, Brisbane expressed his gratitude towards his teammates as well as reflected on the success of the team. “To win back-to-back national championships and contribute to the royal legacy in a meaningful way is something I’m extremely proud of”.
Cota, who is in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, provided invaluable leadership for her teams both in Cross-Country and Indoor Track. She had a stand-out Cross-Country season, with an impressive second-place finish in the ACAC and sixth-place finish at the CCAA Cross-Country Championships. She was named to the ACAC All-Conference and CCAA All-Canadian teams, and she also placed second in the 3,000m for Indoor Track at the ACAC Championships.
Cota balances her life as a student-athlete with a strong spirit for volunteerism and feels extremely honoured to have been selected as the female recipient. “Receiving this award means the absolute world to me. Being a nursing student, playing the sport I love and working a part-time job doesn’t leave a lot of extra time. This scholarship will relieve a lot of the stress that comes with being a student-athlete”.
“Both Luke and Jordanna have distinguished themselves as leaders at RDC, in our Athletics programs and in the community,” said Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “We are very proud that they are this year’s recipients of the Scott Builders Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarships, and today’s event provided a wonderful opportunity to recognize both of these individuals.”