Red Deer Polytechnic’s Kings and Queens curling teams were very successful in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championships.
Along with a gold medal for the Kings and a silver for the Queens, three athletes earned recognition for their performances.
Vincent was named the ACAC Female Curler of the Year and ACAC Women’s All-Conference skip and has shown talent as a leader for the Queens. She helped the Queens earn a 3-1 bonspiel record in January. At the ACAC Curling Championships in Camrose, not only did the Queens rank first but they went undefeated over four draws earning them a berth in finals. With an accurate final shot, the host University of Alberta Augustana Vikings got by the Queens to solidify gold.
"This recognition is a reflection of Hollie's elite talent and commitment to her team and the Red Deer Polytechnic Curling program," said Randy Stewart, Manager, Athletics and Student Life. "Hollie has been able to skip the Queens to a silver medal among a very talented pool of ACAC Women's Curling teams."
Ransieth who is from Delburne was recognized with the 2021/2022 ACAC Women’s Curling Co-Rookie of the Year and the ACAC Women’s Curling All-Conference third. She is currently a first-year Bachelor of Education Elementary student.
"Kaylee had an excellent season on the ice for the Queens. Her play and demeanour were beyond a typical first-year student-athlete," added Stewart. "What is impressive about Kaylee is with continuing growth and experience at the post-secondary level, she will continue to evolve her game to another level."
Homan was recognized as the ACAC Women’s Cureling All-Conference second. She is currently a first-year Bachelor of Education Elementary student.
Head Coach, Brad Hamilton
In addition, to the Queens athletes, head coach Brad Hamilton was recognized as the ACAC Curling Coach of the year for a third time.
"Brad is well deserving of this award. His ability to teach and lead the student-athletes on and off the ice is exceptional, as demonstrated by the gold and silver medals at this year's championships," said Stewart. "In conjunction with Queens Coach Eldon Raab and assistant Andrew Jones, Brad does a marvelous job of recruiting and bringing out the best in each student-athlete."
He had been coaching since 2010 and in that time, RDP Kings, Queens, and mixed teams have earned several medals and recognitions.
This article was written with files from Red Deer Polytechnic athletics.