Swift Current Minor Girls Softball hosted a warm-up tournament for teams from various communities, May 27. In addition to multiple Swift Current teams, there were competitors from Kindersley, Leader, Maple Creek Rosetown and Shaunavon. A total of 24 games were played in four different age groups.



Former NHL player Theo Fleury shared his music and life story during a performance with the Calgary band, the Death Valley Rebels, at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 25. He released his debut album “I am what I am” in October 2015 and he uses his songwriting to reflect on his own life. His music is part of his goal to reach out to people who have suffered abuse. Fleury will be back in Saskatchewan this summer for the 2017 Victor Walk to raise awareness about the trauma of childhood rape. The Victor Walk from Saskatoon to Regina takes place from July 18 to 22, and will include a stop in Swift Current on July 19. For more information, visit the Victor Walk website at http://victorwalk.com



The South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) district track and field championships took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, May 24. Grade 6-12 athletes competed in four age categories (bantam, midget, junior and senior). The top two competitors in midget, junior and senior events advanced to the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association provincial track and field competition in Saskatoon, June 2-3. There will be 97 SWAC athletes at the provincial championships.


The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their second home game of the 2017 roller derby season against the Bearded Ladies, a co-ed team from Medicine Hat, at the Innovation Credit Union iplex, May 20. The outcome of the thrilling and hard-hitting game was decided on the final jam, when the Bearded Ladies scored five points to win the game 165-160. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game against the Saskatoon Killabees on June 10.


Fiction writer and editor Rod MacIntyre was the featured author at the final event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 17. The award-winning author was born in Saskatoon, but he now lives in Christina Lake, B.C. His latest novel Mahihkan Lake was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He was the writer in residence at the Swift Current Library from 1997-98. The evening's entertainment included performances by four musicians from Maverick School – Griffin Funk, Cat Kearney, Kourtney McIntyre, and Jack Tonner. This was the 30th anniversary season of Write Out Loud, a reading series that showcases Canadian authors and local writing talent. The line-up for the 2017-18 series was announced at the event. It will include appearances by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the popular television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, award-winning author and historian Bill Waiser, and retired police officer and author Ernie Louttit.

Young cyclists learned about safe cycling practices in a fun way during a bike safety event at Highland Park in Swift Current, May 17. The event was organized by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre, while a variety of local sponsors and volunteers helped to make the event possible. A bike safety course has been painted on the surface of the outdoor rink in the park. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight, obstacles and a diminishing clearance activity. The course assists cyclists to practise their skills and to gain confidence for riding in an urban environment.


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