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Danny Rode

Bell Memorial - Inducted 1999

Danny Rode tirelessly reported and promoted amateur sports in Central Alberta over the past twenty-eight years. He was highly praised in Central Alberta by colleagues and coaches and had been described by them as 'being a staunch supporter of amateur sports throughout the community, consistently going the extra mile in terms of his own time and commitment'. Over the years, Danny Rode developed a large number of sporting relationships based on his integrity and the respect that people have for him. In 1995, Danny Rode received the College Athletic Advisory Board Volunteer of the Year Award.

After Induction

Since receiving the 1999 Bell Memorial Award, Danny continued to report on sports of all kinds.  He covered at least 67 Canadian Championships, including more than 30 national championships with RDC.  He also covered the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and World University Games and reported on a number of World Championships.

Danny received the City of Red Deer Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 at the Community Sports Awards Banquet.

Danny retired from the Red Deer Advocate in June 2014.  He still does freelance work for a number of local papers.

Other awards I won —


2004 the Central Alberta High School Football League Founder's Award

2006 Alberta Schools Athletic Association Media Recognition Award.

2012 - City of Red Deer Lifetime Achievement Award (Community Sports Awards Banquet).

From Danny – May 17, 2013

  • covered at least 67 Canadian championships, not counting the Canadian Finals Rodeo,

  • included are over 30 national championships with RDC.

  • At least four world championships,

  • the 1988 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and

  • 1983 World University Games.

  • There are too many provincial championships to count.  Certainly over 100.