On Thursday, the RDC Kings Volleyball and Queens Curling teams from the 2016-17 season were honoured at the annual Mayor’s Recognition Awards.
The Kings Volleyball team, which won the 2016-17 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship, was recognized for its achievement in the Athletics category at the Mayor’s Recognition Awards. During their Championship season, the RDC Kings had an impressive 19 - 5 record in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Volleyball South Division, and they eventually won their fourth ACAC gold medal in a five-year span. On their home court, Head Coach Aaron Schulha helped lead the Red Deer College Kings over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in five sets to claim their 18th ACAC title and earn a spot in the CCAA National Championship.
The RDC Kings defeated the Titans de Limoilou in the national gold medal match and earned their 13th CCAA championship in a thrilling five set victory. Along with coaches Schulha, Blake Henwood, Aaron Yasinski and Adam Sillery, student-athletes Tristan Dexter, Luke Brisbane, Ryan Beatson, Ty Moorman, Adam Turlejski, Daimyn Biletsky, Ben Hankins, Regan Fathers, Matthew Lofgren, Parker Biletsky, Ben Holmes, Brian Grenier, Scott Irvine, Michael Sumner and Gallen Donaghy received CCAA gold medals. Several members of the Kings were recognized for their outstanding play at the Championship. Fathers was named the Tournament MVP, Moorman and Brisbane were selected as CCAA First Team All-Stars and Lofgren was chosen as a CCAA Second Team All-Star.
The RDC Queens Curling team were also CCAA Champions in 2016-17, and their achievement led to a Mayor’s Recognition Award in the Athletics category. Led by Head Coach Brad Hamilton and Assistant Coach Jason Anderson, the RDC Queens Curling team continually improved on its way to the national championship. Skipped by ACAC Female Curler of the Year Marla Sherrer, the Queens finished a combined 6 - 4 at the Fall and Winter Regionals and qualified for the ACAC Curling Championships where they won silver.
At the 2016-17 CCAA Curling National Championships, the Queens defeated Concordia University of Edmonton 7 - 6 to claim national gold. Katie Primrose (lead), Brett Day (second), Sara McMann (third) and Taylor Konschuh (spare) joined Sherrer on the national gold medal winning squad. Brett Day of the Queens was named to the 2017 CCAA All-Tournament team as the second.
The Mayor’s Recognition Award that each of these teams received honours their achievements in their championship season, and acknowledges the important place that RDC’s student-athletes have as students, citizens, volunteers and athletes in central Alberta.