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CHEQUING IN - Olympic gold medallist and St. Albert product Meaghan Mikkelson donated $5,000 to the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association's Play Like Girls program on behalf of the RBC Foundation's Olympian Grants program. On hand for the cheque presentation from Mikkelson were St. Albert hockey players (L-R) Kali MacDonald, Sophie McKinley, Danielle Petter, Madison Branch, Teresa Havens and Jaden Leung.
CHEQUING IN - Olympic gold medallist and St. Albert product Meaghan Mikkelson donated $5,000 to the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association's Play Like Girls program on behalf of the RBC Foundation's Olympian Grants program. On hand for the cheque presentation from Mikkelson were St. Albert hockey players (L-R) Kali MacDonald, Sophie McKinley, Danielle Petter, Madison Branch, Teresa Havens and Jaden Leung.
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Mikkelson donates

Meaghan Mikkelson’s $5,000 donation to the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association's Play Like Girls program will provide local youth with opportunities to train, compete and succeed now and into the future.

Last season there were 171 females out of 1,820 players in SAMHA.

The donation by St. Albert’s 2010 Olympic gold medallist was made possible through the RBC Foundation’s Olympian Grants program. The RBC Foundation hired Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes as ambassadors to deliver messages of excellence and leadership to communities across the country.

The athletes were also provided the opportunity to gain valuable skills to help them prepare for life after sport, while also receiving funding to help them realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

In the months surrounding the London Olympic Games, RBC Olympians were given a $5,000 grant to donate to the charity or organization of their choice.

Mikkelson, 27, selected SAMHA based on the meaningful impact the association had on her Olympic journey. The decorated member of the Canadian women’s hockey team since 2007 was the first female to play on a St. Albert rep boys’ team. In April the forward-turned-defenceman celebrated a gold-medal victory by Canada at the IIHF World Women’s Championship. It was her fourth worlds after three consecutive silver medals in the tournament.

Last year Mikkelson was honoured as one of the 24 inaugural inductees to the City of St. Albert’s Skating Wall of Fame at Northstar Hyundai Arena.

RBC is Canada’s first and longest-standing Olympic sponsor and is committed to help build a lasting legacy for communities and athletes in Canada.

Mikkelson was among six Albertans and 36 athletes from eight provinces involved with the Olympian Grants program.

Olympian Grants were also given out in Alberta and the Territories by Carla Macleod to the Cambridge Bay Minor Hockey Association, Brady Leman to the Calgary Alpine Racers and Marc Kennedy to the St. Albert Curling Club’s Little Rock program.

Provincial Sailfish

A club-record 43 swimmers will represent the St. Albert Sailfish at the Alberta Summer Swimming Association provincial championships this weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

The flotilla of Sailfish qualified at the regional B meet last weekend at NAIT. There were 221 swimmers from 10 clubs at regionals.

The Sailfish placed first in the points standings and in the individual points race Hayley Basterash, 13, and Jonah Tanasiuk, 12, finished in an eight-way tie for top spot. Meghan Loerke, 19, and Payton Basterash, 8, shared second place with two other swimmers.

Overall, the Sailfish won 44 gold, 50 silver and 43 bronze and in the relays they captured, 10 gold, six silver and one bronze.

Winning gold in their respective events are the following Sailfish:

• Laura Anderson, 9/10 girls: 25m back (19.37 and 20.40), 50m back (43.14).

• Hayley Basterash, 13/14 girls: 200m free (2:24.75), 200m IM (2:43.06), 100m back (1:13.28), 50m back (33.24), 100m back (1:13.38).

• Logan Basterash, U8 girls: 100m IM (1:58.37).

• Payton Basterash, 9/10 girls: 100m (1:31.23), 200m free (2:59.07), 50m back (43.17).

• Connor Biegler, 13/14 boys: 200m free (2:49.28).

• Carter Bragg, 9/10 boys: 200m free (3:42.62).

• Devon Christoffel, 13/14 boys: 400m free (6:08.23), 100m free (1:13.00).

• Madisyn Danyluk, 15-17 girls: 200m free (2:34.20), 200m IM (2:57.36).

• Jonathon Farr, 11/12 boys: 50m free (36.05).

• Julia Lema, 18-plus girls: 100m breast (1:28.99).

• Meghan Loerke, 18-plus girls: 100m free (1:05.77), 200m free (2:25.03), 400m free (5:16.30).

• Daniel McTavish, 18-plus boys: 200 IM (2:48.74), 200m free (2:25.17).

• Faith Nobert, 11/12 girls: 50m back (39.90 and 38.25).

• Danielle Petter, 11/12 girls: 50m fly (36.71).

• Emily Rolheiser, 13/14 girls: 50m fly (34.73).

• Eric Rolheiser, U17 boys: 1,500 free (27:49.71).

• Everet Stewart, 9/10 boys: 50m free (41.29).

• Marko Stolic, U8 boys: 50m back (52.36).

• Jonah Tanasiuk, 11/12 boys: 100m free (1:07.35), 400m free (5:19.04), 50m fly (34.48).

• MacKenzie Waples, U8 girls: 50m breast (53.79), 25m breast (25.49), 25m fly (25.61).

• Ethan Wilson, U8 boys: 100m IM (2:03.45), 50m free (43.48).

• Morgan Wilson, 11/12 boys: 100m fly (1:36.10), 100m IM (1:35.98).

• Aiden Zalasky, 15-17 boys: 50m breast (35.55).

Last year 20 Sailfish advanced to provincials as regional qualifiers in their individual age-group events.

At provincials swimmers from six regions will compete for medals.

Cardinals clipped

The St. Albert Senior Cardinals dropped their opening playoff game in the Alberta West Central Baseball Association semifinals.

The Spruce Grove Eagles edged the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday at Legion Memorial Park.

The Cardinals also lost the services of shortstop Matt Edwards, who broke his tibia in a collision in the outfield.

Game two is Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Henry Singer Field.

Game three, if needed, is Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at Legion park.

The winner will play the first-place Westlock Red Lions (14-3) or the fourth-place Fort Saskatchewan Red Sox (7-7) in the final.

In the regular season the second-place Cardinals (12-3) posted wins of 10-3 and 6-5 against the third-place Eagles (9-6).


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