2016 RDC Athletic Awards

2016 RDC Athletic Awards

Red Deer College Athletics wrapped up another outstanding season at the 2016 RDC Athletic Awards Night, held on Monday, April 4.

The highlight of the evening was the 2016 Red Deer Bottling Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards, which were presented to Emily Swier from Queens Hockey and Luke Brisbane from Kings Volleyball.

"It's very humbling to be recognized with this award," says Brisbane, a Kings Volleyball team captain who will be returning to RDC for the 2016-17 season. "This year, I had an opportunity to play with a lot of good players, and there were multiple players on my team that could have received this award, not to mention athletes on other teams, as well."

Swier also feels honoured to receive the prestigious award. "RDC is like home to me, and this is an incredible feeling after our team had such a great season," says Swier, who finished the season tied for first in league scoring and plans on returning to RDC next fall. "I certainly didn't expect to receive this award, because the nominees in this category are such incredible athletes, but it's truly an honour to be recognized." 

The ceremonies honoured the achievements of student-athletes, team officials, volunteers and athletic staff, with 55 awards, scholarships and academic excellence awards presented. "RDC has established a tremendous legacy in Athletics, and each year our student-athletes work hard to continue this tradition," says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. "The Awards Night allows us to celebrate their athletic, academic and other achievements from the past year."

The 2016-17 season was strong for RDC's Athletics program, with 10 of 11 teams making playoffs, the Queens Hockey and Kings Volleyball teams winning ACAC titles and the Kings Volleyball team going on to win the national CCAA title. Other teams and individuals won silver and bronze medals in their divisions, and many athletes received all-star, athlete of the week and other recognitions. In addition, 86 student-athletes excelled in academics, having a GPA of 3.0 or better, with 17 on the Dean's List, and one student-athlete receiving the CCAA Academic All Canadian award. 

The 2016 RDC Athletic Awards Night provided an opportunity to recognize students, and it was also possible thanks to strong involvement from student-athletes and students from the School of Creative Arts. "This event was the epitome of cross-collaboration between different Schools," St-Denis explains. "Students from Athletics were very involved with planning the event and students from Creative Arts were involved with all aspects of producing the show. This was a great opportunity to not only showcase the achievements of student-athletes, but also to provide experiential learning for a wide variety of students."


Additional 2016 RDC Athletic Awards recipients included:

Co-Winners of the  ACAC Minor Officials Award - Marissa Morrison & Karyn Anthony

Major Volunteer Contributor Award Rocky Beekhan


Kings Basketball

Coach's Award  - JP Lebanc 

Most Improved Player Award  - Matt Matear 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Rodney Teal 

Most Valuable Player Award - Anthony Ottley 


Queens Basketball

Coach's Award  - Kennedy Burgess 

Most Improved Player Award  - Anna Houtman 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Eva Bonde 

Most Valuable Player Award - Emily White


Cross Country / Indoor Track & Field

Coach's Award  - Jonathan Allan 

Most Improved Player Award  - Melissa Ray 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Amy Severtson 

Most Valuable Player Award - Jordanna Cota


Curling Teams

Coach's Award  - Jeff Ireland 

Most Improved Player Award  - Julie Selvais 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Sara McMann 

Most Valuable Player Award - Ryan Dahmer 



Coach's Award  - Rochelle French 

Most Improved Player Award  - Kyle Antochow 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Grant Numrich 

Most Valuable Player Award - Kate Griffith 


Kings Hockey

Coach's Award  - Tanner Butler 

Most Improved Player Award  - Ben Williams 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Dylan Thudium 

Most Valuable Player Award - Riley Simpson 


Queen's Hockey

Coach's Award  - Suze Vanderlinde 

Most Improved Player Award  - Kirsten Brown 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Julia Wing 

Most Valuable Player Award - Emily Swier 


Kings Soccer

Coach's Award  - Alim Hirji 

Most Improved Player Award  - Alex Brezovan 

Rookie of the Year Award  - Turner Johnson 

Most Valuable Player Award - Julius Abegar


Queens Soccer

Coach's Award - Alexandra Moyer

Most Improved Player Award - Sydney Daines

Rookie of the Year Award - Krysten Strand

Most Valuable Player Award - Lauren Good  


Kings Volleyball  

Coach's Award - Tom Lyon

Most Improved Player Award - Ty Moorman

Rookie of the Year Award - Michael Sumner

Most Valuable Player Award - Luke Brisbane


Queens Volleyball

Coach's Award - Hanna Delemont

Most Improved Player Award - McKenna Barthel

Rookie of the Year Award - Jessica Jones

Most Valuable Player Award  -  Kelsey Tymkow