Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre held a 5th anniversary celebration at Market Square in downtown Swift Current, May 26. The lunchtime event provided people with an opportunity to enjoy a variety of delicious ethnic foods and to assist the Newcomer Welcome Centre to raise funds to send 10 to 15 newcomer children to summer camp. Premier Brad Wall brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government and Deputy Mayor Pat Friesen represented the City of Swift Current. The entertainment during the event included a Bollywood dance by Grade 10 student Ankita Das, and musical performances by Jacqueline Ravino as well as Alexander de Gala and Lucas Jansen.

 

Bull riders from across the world were in Swift Current for the 5th annual Cody Snyder Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) Invitational, May 23. The bulls provided a tough challenge for the cowboys and only seven of the 30 contestants were able to hold on for the required eight seconds to score points during the initial long-go round. Scott Schiffner from Strathmore, Alberta, was at the top of the leader board after the first round with 87 points. He received the trophy buckle after the short-go rides by the top 10 competitors, when not a single rider was able to score more points. This was Schiffner's second win in Swift Current. He won the inaugural PBR Invitational in 2011. The top seven finishers were: 1. Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, AB) – 87; 2. Tim Lipsett (Lumsden, SK) – 86; 3. Cawl Braithwaite (Bluffton, AB) – 83; 4. Zane Lambert (Westbourne, MB) – 81; 5. Landon Lockhart (Brandon, MB) – 79; 6. Ty Pozzobon (Merritt, BC) – 77; 7. Justin Lloyd (Alcomdale, AB) – 65.

 

The Miracle Quilters raised over $7,000 from a quilt show and auction at the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Swift Current, May 23. A total of 57 quilts in all shapes and sizes came under the hammer of auctioneer Bruce Switzer to raise funds for the Christ the Redeemer building fund. This was the seventh auction since the establishment of the group a decade ago to support fundraising efforts for the building fund. According to Miracle Quilters Chairperson Sheila Pool the group currently has around 20 members and they have made over 120 quilts since the previous auction took place about 18 months ago.

 

 

The launch of the Swift Current United Way 3rd annual Day of Caring Week took place at Pioneer Co-op, May 25.

The Salvation Army in Swift Current will say farewell to two experienced officers in June when Captains Michael and Susan Ramsay leave for their new assignment in Toronto.

The family members of Saskatchewan seniors have a reasonable expectation that their parents or grandparents will receive proper care when they move into a long-term care home, but the findings of the Ombudsman report indicate this might not be the case.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener on the Victoria Day long weekend saw racing action in four classes on two days. The initial race night on May 16 was rained out after only two heats and it was rescheduled to May 18, while the Sunday afternoon race took place as scheduled on May 17. Kelly Bauman is leading the points standings in the Modifieds division after winning the May 18 feature race and placing second in the May 17 feature race. The Street Stocks points leader is Stefan Klym after finishing first in the feature races on both days and Trevor Monk is leading the points standings in the Hobby Stock division. The SCRA will be hosting a car show and swap meet in association with the Swift Current Drag Racing Association at Kinetic Exhibition Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 23. The next regular race day will be at 2 p.m. on May 24.

 

Hundreds of people were at the Swift Current Airport on Mother’s Day to watch a high-speed aerobatic performance by Moose Jaw air show pilot Brent Handy. He entertained the crowd with a variety of loops, rolls and tumbles in his high-performance Pitts Special aerobatic biplane, including a 13-turn inverted flat spin. He has over 20 years of flying experience and has served as a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot since 1999. He flew over 150 shows with the Snowbirds during 2012 and 2013. He has been doing performances on the air show circuit since last year and his appearance at Swift Current was his first show of the 2015 season. The May 10 event was hosted by the City of Swift Current and admission was a donation towards the Second World War Historic Airport project, which will include a monument at the airport entrance to commemorate the use of the airport during the war years as a training facility for Commonwealth pilots.

 

A large and enthusiastic crowd attended the 2nd annual Earl Monkman Memorial boxing card in Swift Current, May 9. The Vic-Tory Boxing Club hosted the event at the Palliser Pavilion in Kinetic Park. Boxers from seven clubs participated in the tournament, which consisted of one sparring demonstration and six competitive bouts. The sparring demonstration took place between two young members of the Vic-Tory Boxing Club, Ty Andreas and Preston Cormier. Local boxers participated in three competitive bouts and won two. Shawn Hjermenrude (72 kilogram weight class) and Nick Habscheid (91 kilogram) won their fights on points over three rounds while Dustin Auseth lost a spirited fight in a points decision after three rounds.

 

 
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