ASDC Central Newsletter, Centred:  An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting
Volume 8, Issue 10
May 19, 2016

This bi-weekly publication is intended to highlight the achievements of the outstanding athletes in Central Alberta, provide tips on nutrition, training, mental skills and upcoming events.

Location: Red Deer College
Miles Kydd, Executive Director
Room 902

Gwen Farnsworth,
Program Assistant
Room 904

Mailing Address:
ASDC Cental
Box 5005
100 College Blvd
Red Deer, AB
T4N 5H5
Contact info:
Phone: (403) 342-3231

Athlete of the Month

May 2016
Connor Hurlburt - Rugby

Connor is 17 years old and attends grade 11 at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer. Connor plays competitive Rugby with Hunting Hills High School and has been a member of the Red Deer Titans Rugby Football Club’s U-18 Boys team for the past 3 seasons. Connor plays the “hooker” position for both teams. (Hooker is one of the positions in rugby league football. Usually wearing jersey number 9, the hooker is one of the team's forwards. During scrums the hooker plays in the front row, and the position's name comes from their role of 'hooking' or 'raking' the ball back with the foot.) Connor is a highly motivated and dedicated athlete and in this past off-season has committed himself to the Titans “School of Rugby” program showing impressive strength and skill development in the past year. Connor’s work ethic, and commitment to his training and his training experiences with ASDC-Central will lead to further growth in his rugby career! Connor will close out his school season this month and transition to Titans club rugby for his summer province-wide competitive schedule. Connor aspires to represent Alberta in national competitions and plans to play competitive post-secondary rugby after graduation at Hunting Hills.
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Alberta Sport Connection.

We gratefully acknowledge the Partnership & support from Red Deer College.

Career Opportunities

Athlete and Coach Development Manager
Organization: Biathlon Canada
Deadline Date: May 23, 2016
Date Posted: May 11, 2016
Location: Canmore, AB - possibility of remote office

Certified Level 2 Women's Artisitic Coach Needed
Organization: Salto Gymnastics
Deadline Date: June 1, 2016
Date Posted: May 14, 2016
Location: Sherwood Park, AB

Project Assistant, Summer Intern
Organization: 2019 Canada Winter Games
Deadline Date: May 27, 2016
Date Posted: May 15, 2016
Location: Red Deer

NextGen Ski Cross Coach
Organization: Alpine Canada Alpin
Deadline Date: June 3, 2016
Date Posted: May 17, 2016
Location: Calgary

Nutritional Consultant
Organization: Talisman Centre
Deadline Date: June 5, 2016
Date Posted: May 5, 2016
Location: Calgary
Rhythmic Gymnastic Coach
Organization: Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club
Deadline Date: June 15, 2016
Date Posted: May 3, 2016
Location: CALGARY AB

Director of Junior Player Development
Organization: Tennis Alberta
Deadline Date: June 5, 2016
Date Posted: May 18, 2016
Location: Alberta


Impressive Performances

Elizabeth Moore, AEP 2012-2014, had another impressive performance at the Edmonton Keyano International Swim Meet May 5 to 8. She won gold in 200m breaststroke, silver in the 50m butterfly and breaststroke and the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 200m butterfly.

Former AEP athlete, Ben LeBlanc was part of Cougars historic Championship in the 4A provincial team championships. Ben's A side silver contributed to the historic win. For the first time in 22 years, the winner of the provincial title was not from Edmonton or Calgary. Notre Dame became only the fourth team in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association to win the team championship.

Logan Hill finished in a  three-way tie for second at the season opening weekend of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in Alberta.
[Source: Red Deer Advocate]


FUN-duh-MENTALS of Sport Psychology
Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance
May (2) 2016
Being a 365.0 Professional
Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.
Bobby Knight
Young athletes are often heard to say they want to be a professional ___________(you fill in the blank).  Tragically, wanting to be a professional establishes professionalism as an outcome…an end point.  It’s not about becoming a professional, it’s about being a professional. Being a professional is a process. There isn’t a set number of dimensions that once attained would define anyone as a professional.  There is, however, a set of mental, physical, emotional and social practices that define being a professional.
The social dimensions are being accountable to others for daily self-discipline; to work hard so teammates will not hurt; leading when others choose not to follow, celebrating the gifts and talents of teammates and knowing your values so you can be a role model for others.
Establishing a daily routine, to set goals and set a plan on how to work on daily goals (especially fundamentals); to move toward larger goals in the future; compete in practice so you can compete in games and commit to winning the practice to ensure daily growth, comprise the physical dimension. It is only through deliberate, intentional, purposeful and focused executions that one can attain the required movement skills.
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An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting

By  Becky Carlson
D-I NCAA Women's Rugby Coach, Quinnipiac University
This is an excellent read for athletes looking at being recruited to any post-secondary institution.

Dear Prospective Student-Athlete,
I received your introductory two-line email and read through it. I must say your first sentence was painfully familiar as you introduced yourself by first name only. I assumed if you were trying to make an impression that you would have paid more attention to punctuation but my assumption appears incorrect. While your opening email failed to identify your last name, what year in school you are, where you are from, or what position you play, you managed to include your most pressing question as to whether our team is "giving out scholarships".

A week later, I received a second email with full color resume attachment including your action photos, and a variety of links to related newspaper articles. Each of these items were compiled in an orderly fashion and sent out directly from both your parents' emails.

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Whether one is an aspiring junior athlete, a post collegian, or veteran national team member, the decision to retire from sport is personal and a natural step within our individual development. And yet, reaching the end of one chapter does not have to close the book on our sporting narrative; conversely, turning the page may enable us to re-create our athletic selves.
Find out from our blog this week the avenues open to athletes in career transition.

Upcoming Events

For the Love of Curling Scholarships

Applications now being accepted for 2016 For the Love of Curling Scholarships
The application process runs from May 1 to June 30, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded in August.

For more information or to apply, visit online
Red Deer Games Foundation Funding
Application deadline: Wednesday May 18, 2016
Click here: For more information or to download an application form.
Management Skills For Supervisors

The School of Continuing Education is pleased to announce Keith Hansen as
one of the new instructors for the popular Management Skills for Supervisors
program at Red Deer College. If you are a new supervisor wanting to develop
your management skills, this is the perfect opportunity!
June 2 - 23
Thu, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register here.

Volunteer Positions

2016 Summer Games ‏@2016ASG May 9
We're still recruiting volunteers! Help us make the Leduc edition of the Alberta Summer Games the best ever.

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