Centred...Bi-Monthly Newsletter

           Miles Kydd                                          Lori Rechlo
    Executive Director                         Program Coordinator
     RDC - Room 902                              RDC - Room 904
Phone:(403)342-3231                  Email:info@asdccentral.ca



 November 18, 2016                                                     Volume 8 Issue 18

Athlete of the Month

The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for November 2016 is Casey Patsula.
Casey Patsula, is a 14 year old Red Deer resident, Grade 9 student at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School and a competitive gymnastics athlete.  Casey was named the 2015-16 Athlete of the Year at Red Deer’s Exelta Gymnastic Club
Casey began her gymnastic career at 4 years old and has progressed through the years to where she is currently a Junior Olympic Level 8 athlete, hoping to attain Level 9 this season (10 Levels total before becoming a National athlete).  During her career, Casey has received many accolades having been named Most Improved and Most Dedicated several times at Exelta.  Read full press release >>>

Service Provider Spotlight

Doug Swanson
Our programs would not be successful without our sport psychologists, nutritionists, or trainers. At ASDC - Central we are privileged to have some of Central Alberta's leading service providers in their respective field. This issue we would like to highlight Doug Swanson, who is are Bronze & Gold Mental Skills presenter. Doug's seminars are tailored to reach our athletes when they first enter the AEP program, and may have never heard of mental skills or sports psychology. In our 3 bronze sessions Doug introduces a solid foundation of mental skills for our athletes to build on as they continue in the program and in future endeavors. Thank you Doug for your dedication to the Athlete Enhancement Program here in Central Alberta. Read Doug's full bio >>>

Winning Edge Seminars

Our second Mental Skills bronze and silver session took place this week. Building on "Achievers are Resilient", Doug took our 30 bronze athletes though the process of "Assessing Their Mental Skills". In our silver session, Keith McDonald provided our athletes with some insights into just how important "Relaxation & Self-Talk" is to athletes performance. Our final Winning Edge Seminar of the year is Mental Skills #3 on December 6. In the year, we are very excited to offer our very first Nutrition Workshop where the athletes will get hands on experience preparing nutritional snacks building on the earlier session "Nutritional Game Plan". In the new year, e will also announce the our guest speaker, stay tuned.

Mental Skills

Your Best Race Ever: Top 8 Tools for Mental Toughness By Carrie Cheadle
When you don’t feel like training do you find a way to get it done … or do you make an excuse to skip out? If obstacles are thrown your way do you lie down in defeat … or do you welcome the challenge? When you have a bad race does it rattle your confidence … or do you take the experience and build from it?
Many athletes and coaches say that mental toughness is the key component to achieving success in sport. Mental toughness is your ability to persevere in the face of challenges, to keep going even when things get hard, and to have an unrelenting commitment to your goals. Read full article >>>


A fresh snowfall and Christmas lights can only mean one thing; the festive season is upon us. This joyous season brings fresh baked treats, Christmas parties, and sometimes 2 or more turkey dinners. Not only do our food choices differ over these next few weeks, but also our exercise and/or sport routines take a back seat to the holiday hustle and bustle that ensues. Now over the years I have read many articles relating to the topic of festive overeating, but this one suggest making a plan to still enjoy the season without the negative side effects. Read more >>>

Strength & Conditioning


Why Youth Strength and Conditioning Matters
by Rick Howard MEd, CSCS,*D

All athletes have one thing in common – they either are, or were, youth. The youth strength and conditioning programs in which these athletes participate have long-term performance implications. So, whether you are a RSCC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, sport scientist, or other allied strength and conditioning professional, here are three important youth strength and conditioning concepts: Read article >>>

"Don’t always scrape & search for compliments. Criticism is what builds character & strength!"  – Unknown

Upcoming Events

Feature Artist Joe Versikaitis - The Art of Sport
Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
More Details>>>

Red Deer Lights the Night
Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 4pm -9pm
Location: City Hall Park
More Details>>>
Winning Edge Seminar - Mental Skills # 3 Bronze & Silver
Date: December 6, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Red Deer College - Rooms 2503 & 2505

Servus Free Family Night - Christmas Crafts
Date: December 7, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
More Details>>>

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their achievements, consider nominating them for one of our awards. PHE Canada is now accepting nominations for distinguished leaders. Application deadline: January 16, 2017
For more information and to nominate a leader, visit www.phecanada.ca/awards.

Team building or fundraising events available at Heritage Lanes in Red Deer. More Info>>>
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Alberta Sport Connection.
We gratefully acknowledge the partnership & support from Red Deer College.
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