Temperatures outside may be dropping, but Yves Ngendahimana — the first Red River College student to enrol as part of the newly-launched Student Refugee Program — is still enjoying the warmth of a Winnipeg welcome.
Ngendahimana, who arrived in Canada from the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, joined RRC’s student body through a sponsorship agreement and partnership with World University Services of Canada (WUSC).
After becoming a permanent Canadian resident in Toronto on Aug. 26, he made his way to Winnipeg, where he was greeted at the airport by RRC staff and members of the College’s local Student Refugee Program Committee.
Since then, he’s experienced a number of “firsts” — chief among them, a winter with actual snow — but says he’s feeling comfortably connected to the College community thanks to the efforts of the local SRP Committee, the RRC Students’ Association, and the College’s Campus Living office.
“My experience has been really awesome — there is a good family here,” says Ngendahimana, who’s currently studying Applied Accounting at RRC’s Exchange District Campus. “The College is a really good environment for studying and learning.” Read More →
For the fourth year in a row, Red River College’s Rebels basketball teams have fought their way to the top of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championships.
In front of packed crowds at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) over the weekend, RRC’s women’s team took home their fourth straight title after defeating CMU 36-34, while the men’s team earned an unprecedented seventh-straight championship with a 65-35 win over Providence University College (PUC).
In past years, the Rebels have had success with high-powered offensive lineups that dominate their competition, but this year’s wins had more to do with defense. By allowing their opponents to earn just 87 points (combined) in the two championship games, both Rebels teams pushed their way to “a new chapter of their legacy through a physical, high-intensity brad of basketball that may not have shown up on the box score, but engraved their name on the trophy all the same,” according to the MCAC. Read More →
Looking for a way to stay active, relieve stress and make new friends?
Sign up for one of the following intramural events hosted by Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services, in conjunction with the Red River College Students’ Association.
Each event costs just $10, and is open to all RRC staff and students.
To participate, print and fill out the 2015 Winter Intramurals Registration Form, then take it to either The Ox (Notre Dame Campus) or The Mercantile (Exchange Campus). Deadline for registration is the Wednesday prior to each event.
Rebels Badminton Classic
When: Sat., Jan. 24, 8am-4pm
Where: North Gym, Notre Dame Campus
Categories: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles; Mixed Doubles
Cost: $10 per person, enter as many categories as you wish
Rebels Floor Hockey
When: Sat., Feb. 7, 8am-4pm
Where: North and South Gyms
, Notre Dame Campus
Categories: Register as a team or a free agent. Five players to a team, including goalie.
Cost: $10 per person
March Madness 3-vs-3 Basketball
When: Sat., March 21, 8am-4pm
Gym, Notre Dame Campus
Categories: Register as a team or a free agent. Men’s and Women’s divisions. Maximum of five players per team, three on the court at one time.
Cost: $10 per person
For additional info, contact Cole Skinner, Athletics and Recreation Coordinator, at 204.632.2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red River College’s Athletics department is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan McGregor, new head coach of the Rebels Women’s Volleyball team.
Born in Winnipeg, McGregor graduated from Oak Park High School, and has been coaching since 1997, including stints coaching junior varsity and varsity teams at Oak Park from 1997 to 2008, and at Dakota Collegiate in 2013. He helped rack up a number of tournament championships and Top 10-ranked teams during his time at both schools.
More recently, McGregor spent two seasons as assistant coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons Women’s Volleyball team, and also served as head coach of the Manitoba 16-and-under provincial teams in 2013 and 2014.
“We’re excited to welcome Dan to the Rebels Athletics program,” says Shane Ray, manager of athletics and recreation services at RRC. “His proven success at the club, provincial and post-secondary level will be an asset to the program here at Red River College.”
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Evan Walker (left) and Brittany Adrian, who were named Playoff MVPs at the 2014 MCAC Basketball Championships.
A special double-congratulations to the members of the RRC Rebels Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, on their double-gold performances at last weekend’s MCAC (Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference) Championships.
The Men’s squad brought home their sixth straight MCAC title, edging out Canadian Mennonite University by a score of 78-76. The Women’s team scored their third consecutive title, dominating Providence University College to the tune of 69-29.
Rebels Evan Walker (guard) and Brittany Adrian (forward) were named Playoff MVPs. Click here for additional tournament details.
Red River College is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris MacLennan, Head Coach for the Rebels Women’s Volleyball team.
“Chris will be a great addition to the coaching staff here at RRC, and the athletes who are part of the program will have the opportunity to learn and play for an excellent coach,” says Shane Ray, Manager of Athletics and Recreation Services for Red River College.
A Level 2 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) coach, MacLennan begins his first year at RRC after having established himself in Ontario with the Maverick Volleyball Club in Ottawa, then moving on to work as an assistant coach at Lakehead University during the 2011-12 campaign.
He also coached with the Shock Volleyball Club in Winnipeg over the past year, and led Team Manitoba at the National Team Challenge Cup in July. His proven success at the club, provincial and post-secondary level will be an asset to the program here at Red River College.
MacLennan says, “I am very excited to begin training this season, and will look to put together an excellent group with some of the returning players in combination with some new talent entering the gym this year. We will look to improve upon the established success of this program — this year and moving forward.”
The Red River Rebels are the varsity sport teams of Red River College, and compete in the Manitoba College Athletic Conference (MCAC). The College fields men’s and women’s teams in basketball, futsal, soccer and volleyball.
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Red River College is pleased to announce the hiring of Erik Hansen (left) and Dylan Power as Co-Head Coaches of the Rebels Men’s Volleyball team.
“As alumni of the volleyball program, Dylan and Erik bring a passion not only to the sport of volleyball but to the Rebels program,” says Shane Ray, manager of athletics and recreation services for RRC. “We are excited about the next step in the Rebels Volleyball program and the direction it will take under Erik and Dylan’s leadership.”
Power holds his Level 1 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) and is no stranger to Rebels athletics. Having completed four seasons with the Rebels, he has captured three league titles, and been named the Championship Final Four MVP. He also holds a national gold and silver medal with the Manitoba provincial team and Bison Club volleyball team, respectively. Dylan is currently finishing his fifth year of university, studying Business Technology Teacher Education at RRC and the University of Winnipeg (joint program). Read More →
Red River College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jordan Goetting as the head coach of the Rebels men’s soccer and futsal teams.
“We are excited to bring a coach with his knowledge, skills and passion for the sport to Red River College as we continue to grow our soccer program,” said Shane Ray, Manager of Athletics and Recreation Services for Red River College.
Goetting got his start in soccer at the age of nine and worked his way up through the soccer system in Winnipeg. He brings to the College more than 27 years of experience in the game as a player, coach and trainer.
Goetting’s experience has taken him to some of the highest levels in soccer, including a 1995 trial with Swansea City F.C. of the English Premier League. It was there that Goetting learned the difference between being a professional and an amateur soccer player. Goetting continued to play throughout North America with stints in Thunder Bay, Ontario with the Chill, and in Missouri with the Springfield Demize of the Premier Development League. As an amateur soccer player Goetting has won the national championships with two Manitoba clubs in 2000 (Winnipeg Lucania FC) and again in 2009 (SC Hellas).
“I am looking forward to starting my first year as the Rebels head coach and growing the program that will continue to improve each year,” said, Goetting.
In 2011 Goetting started his own soccer school, JNJ SOCCER, and has continued to pass on his love for the game onto kids and adults throughout the city. In 2012 he coached Action FC to a 10th place finish in the country.
Committed to sharing his passion for the sport of soccer, and to provide opportunities to children in need, Goetting will be traveling to Kenya in 2014 to develop a soccer program for an orphanage.
Goetting is a Pre-B level coach and plans on obtaining his national levels in the near future.
Both Red River College basketball teams faced pressure over the weekend: The pressure of repeating, the pressure of being the top seed, and the pressure of being in their opponents’ building.
The women’s and the men’s teams overcame that pressure, though. Both beat #2-seeded teams from the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen to be crowned the champions at the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Basketball Final 4‘s.
For the Red River Rebels men, it’s their fifth straight championship. For the women, their second straight.
The men’s final was won in the trenches, as the College Wesmen shooters went cold at the same time as the Rebels forwards got hot. Regular season MVP and Rebels forward Mike Hebert won all the hustle plays, as he would finish with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Leading all scorers, though, was Rebels forward Corey Neufeld. His 26 points earned him tournament MVP honours.
The women’s final, meanwhile, was a much closer affair. Down by 15 at halftime with their forwards in foul trouble, the College Wesmen made a remarkable run to take a lead in the fourth quarter. Responding, though, were Celecia Luckwell and Tia Ruddock of the Rebels, who made key buckets to secure the win. For her efforts, Ruddock was named the tournament MVP. Read More →
Down a set to lower-seeded opponents, both the Red River College men and Providence University College women had to call upon championship experience to fight back. Both did, and as a result were crowned champions at last weekend’s Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Volleyball Final 4’s.
For the #1-seed Red River College men’s team, it was another five-set classic against the #2-seed University of Winnipeg College, who beat them in last year’s final. This time, though, the Rebels were up to the task in the fifth — getting five kills and a block from first-year left side Mitchell Hendry to win 15-12.
For the Rebels, it’s their fifth men’s volleyball title in six years.
The #1-seeded Providence women, meanwhile, went up against a strong #3-seed in Red River College, who had their home crowd behind them. Dropping the first set, the Lady Freemen rallied to take the next three, winning their third straight women’s volleyball title.
For their efforts throughout the weekend, Red River College setter Aaron Cyr and Providence University College power Chelsea Needham were named tournament Most Valuable Players. Read More →