Athletes of the Month
June 16, 2016
Avery is 15 years old and attends grade 9 at St. Marguerite School in Innisfail, AB. Avery is an Equestrian Vaulter with the Meadow Creek Vaulting Club based out of Olds, AB. (Vaulting can simply be explained as gymnastics and dance performed on and in harmony with a moving horse.)
Avery has been competing in Equestrian Vaulting for 7 years. This past weekend, Avery competed in Blackfalds, finishing 4th in Women’s Canter “B”, and 1st in the Team Competition. This past April, Avery traveled to Gilroy, California to compete where she finished 6th in Junior 1 Star. Avery is coached by Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs, both of whom were former ASDC-Central athletes.
Avery is one of the strongest athletes in the ASDC-Central Athlete Enhancement Program. Her 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 athletic career! Congratulations Avery!
Photo – Avery is flanked by Angelique (left) and Jeanine (right) van der Sluijs.
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- Equestrian Vaulting -
I have been an equestrian vaulter for almost seven years. I compete both nationally and internationally at the Women's Canter C level. During my years as a vaulter I have earned the high point award twice. I am proud to find myself placing top three at most national competitions. I am most proud of my accomplishments at the CVI Canada Cup in Chilliwack this past spring where I placed 3rd in Individual Children 1*. I love the opportunities vaulting has given me. Not only do I get to challenge myself in the areas of strength and flexibility I get to explore creative ways to choreograph my moves to music. Essentially telling a story on horseback. With competition season quickly approaching I am working hard to prepare a new routine to introduce at the Pacific Cup in California this spring.
May 19, 2016
The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Male Athlete of the Month for May 2016 is Connor Hurlburt.
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.
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.