The 2017 Red Deer College Scott Builders Student-Athlete scholarships were handed out Tuesday morning.
Each year, RDC recognizes one male and one female student-athlete.
This year, cross-country and indoor track star Jordanna Cota won on the Queens side, with volleyball wiz Luke Brisbane earning the Kings honours. In addition to academia and athletics, both have taken on multiple roles volunteering.
Cota, a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student, finished second at the ACAC and sixth at the CCAA Cross-Country Championships, and was also named to the ACAC All-Conference and CCAA All-Canadian teams. She says the honour means the world to her.
"Being a nursing student, playing the sport I love and working a part time job doesn't leave a lot of extra time. This scholarship will relieve a lot of stress that comes with being a student-athlete," she says.
Her counterpart Brisbane, a third year Bachelor of Commerce student, was captain of the CCAA National Champion Kings volleyball team and was named to all star teams at the divisional, provincial and national championship levels.
"To win back to back nationals championships and contribute to the royal legacy in a meaningful way is something I'm extremely proud of," he says.
That pride is something the very special guest speaker at this year's RDC Scholarship Breakfast spoke about at length.
Canadian National Women's Soccer Team Head Coach John Herdman shared his wisdom with the crowd at RDC, meticulously going over how he aided in turning around a once-broken team.
"In the character side of your life, [it's about] being able to do all the little things the right way, not trying to push for excellence every day, keeping that consistency of being good, and knowing that will transfer onto the field," he says. "For the student-athletes, so many of them beat themselves up trying to be perfectionists at everything they do, but just keep it simple, be good, and that good often leads to greatness, which has happened for our teams."
Herdman also explained his cycle of Vision, Passion and Discipline as being the key to success on and off the field, in the office or at home.
"It's a good metaphor for life. You've got to be clear on where you want to get to. A lot of people lose sight of that end goal, but that end goal's also got to have meaning," Herdman continues. "It's got be really worthwhile. If the goals don't really light that fire, then the passion never appears, and then the passion doesn't drive a discipline, which means you don't push to those levels where you accomplish things that will be remembered."
Prairie Bus Lines was also recognized at the event with the Corporate Innovation Award for its support of RDC Athletics and ensuring athletes get to where they need to be safely and in a timely fashion.
This year, the College had more than 175 student-athletes competing in seven sports on 15 teams.
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