Athletes of the Month
October 12, 2016
The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for October 2016 is Jill Stewart.
Jill Stewart, is an 18 year old Red Deer resident, and first year Science student at Red Deer College (RDC) and a member of the Queens Cross-Country team. As a senior at Hunting Hills High School in 2015-16, Jill was named the varsity Cross-Country MVP.
This fall, Jill is continuing her education and athletic career at RDC. So far this season Jill has posted some significant results in helping her team to the top of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) standings and a #3 ranking in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Cross-Country.
Individually, Jill captured a 3rd place finish at the ACAC Grand Prix #1, a 3rd place finish at the ACAC Grand Prix #2, and a 2nd place finishing at Grand Prix #3 so far this season. An impressive showing for a freshman athlete!
Jill and her RDC teammates compete again this coming weekend (October 15, 2016) at Augustana College, and will vie for a team championship on October 29 at the ACAC Championships and a berth at CCAA’s Nationals at Sault College on November 12, 2016.
Jill’s strong work ethic combined with her athletic gifts and her training experiences with ASDC-Central and RDC will see her continue to grow and develop in her running career!
ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports and The Sutter Fund for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative equipment/apparel for each recipient.
I've been in the sport of Cross Country Running since middle school and it wasn’t until high school I began to run competitively. In my last year of high school cross country running I was zone champion and had several podium finishes at different meets. My first place qualification in zone championships allowed me to compete in the ASAA Provincial Cross Country Championships. I came in 5th in 2015 with a time of 15:48, running the fastest time I’ve run a 4km on a cross country trail. I then qualified to compete in the Nationals held in Kingston, Ontario later in 2015. Also in 2015 I competed in the track provincial championships and came in 2nd in the 3000m with a time of 11:03. In 2016 I now compete for the RDC(Red Deer College) cross country running team. My first college race I was able to out sprint a competitor for third place in the 5km women’s race, helping my team to win points for the overall lead for colleges. My second college race I was able to come in third again with a personal best of 20:17 for the 5km race. We hope to advance to provincials and nationals with podium finishes.
I also enjoy downhill skiing, badminton, tennis, and completed my first triathlon in 2015.
September 14, 2016
ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for September 2016 is Edyn Aasman .
Edyn (Eden) Aasman (Aze-man), is a 14 year old Red Deer resident, Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and a competitive multi-sport athlete. Edyn has competed in many sports – soccer, cross-country, athletics and indoor/beach volleyball. Edyn played club volleyball this past season with the 16U Queens “Extreme” Volleyball team. Since June, Edyn has dominated the Alberta Beach Volleyball scene. In June, Edyn and her partner Riley DeWit captured Volleyball Alberta’s Junior High School Provincial Championship. In July, Edyn and her partner Emma Holmes, brought home the Beach Volleyball Gold Medal at the Alberta Summer Games in Leduc. And in early August, Edyn and her partner Journey Flewell, won Volleyball Alberta’s U16 Beach Volleyball Provincial Championship in Calgary, defeating Team Alberta #2 and #1 in the semi-finals and finals, respectively, on their way to winning the event. The Aasman/Flewell pairing next competed at U16 Nationals in Toronto in late August finishing fifth in the nation. Currently, Edyn is a member of the Lindsay Thurber Raiders Volleyball team and has already helped lead her team to Gold at both the Red Deer College Queens HS Volleyball Tournament and the University of Alberta Pandas HS Volleyball Tournament. This marks the first time since 2003 that Lindsay Thurber has won the Panda tournament.
Edyn’s strong work ethic combined with her athletic gifts and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will only see her continue to grow and develop in her volleyball and athletic career!
ASDC-Central thanks The Sutter Fund for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.
(In the attached photo, Aasman [on the right] is pictured with her partner Flewell after winning Provincials).
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Edyn is a 14yr. old who loves volleyball, indoor and beach, as well as track and cross country running. She has had a very successful beach career so far medaling in many premiers, gold at Jr. High provincials and a 4th place finish at nationals. Indoor 2015 she was co-captain, MVP for her team and they won Prov. Div 2. As for cross country she placed second at CWAJJHAS this season. She is currently on the U16 Queens indoor team which she enjoys very much and they have placed top 8 Div. 1 every premier so far and hopes to continue that into provincials and nationals. She will be looking forward to a successful track and beach season again and in her down time she enjoys poetry, crafts and cat cuddling at the SPCA.