Swimmers from across the province participated in a swim meet hosted by Special Olympics Swift Current at the Aquatic Centre, Jan. 28. This was the first swim meet of the season and it provided a good opportunity for swimmers to see the benefits of their training. Swimmers from Humboldt, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Regina and Saskatoon attended the event. Eleven swimmers from Swift Current competed at the event and two swimmers (Issac Kitchen and Anu Ragib) participated in their first competition. A number of them improved on their seed times in different events.

 

A celebration of Scottish culture took place at the annual Robbie Burns Night in Swift Current, Jan, 27. The event at the Legion Hall was presented by the Swift Current Green Braes Pipes & Drums. People enjoyed haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, with their meal. John Leyshon made the address to the haggis before the start of the meal. During the evening there was a performance by the Green Braes Pipes & Drums as well as highland dances by students from The Dance Studio.

 

 

Activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Jan. 26. The event was hosted by the Southwest Literacy Committee in partnership with various organizations, including Chinook Regional Library, Chinook School Division, and Great Plains College. There were reading sessions throughout the day that were attended by Grade 3 students from three schools in Swift Current (Central, Fairview, and O.M. Irwin), as well as by parents and preschoolers. Local celebrity reader Teresa Cole engaged children with her lively readings of the graphic novel Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka. After each reading the children participated in a creative activity to sketch their own superhero character with the help of local graphic artist Morghie Flaterud. Children who attended this literacy event received a copy of the book that was used for the reading session and they were encouraged to read all 10 books in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, which are available at the Swift Current Branch Library, to qualify to win a prize. The theme for this year's Family Literacy Day in Canada was “Libraries – the path to family literacy.”

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team remained undefeated at their six-team invitational home tournament to claim gold. Teams from Balgonie, Estevan, Moose Jaw and Shaunavon competed at the two-day tournament, Jan. 19-20. The Colts opened their tournament with a 76-65 win over the Shaunavon Shadows on Friday afternoon. The Colts then won 79-72 against Moose Jaw Vanier on Saturday morning. In the championship final in the afternoon the Colts faced tough opposition from the Moose Jaw Peacock Toilers. The home team was trailing for most of the game, but outscored the Toilers during the final minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead with just 59 seconds to play. The Colts scored once more and made two penalty shots during the remaining time to win the game 70-64.

 

The Swift Current Broncos were destructive on the ice in their first two games after a series of trades that added five players to the team to strengthen both their offensive and defensive capabilities. The Broncos travelled to Prince Albert on Jan. 12, where they defeated the Raiders 4-0. Broncos fans got their first look at the revised team on Jan. 13, when the Swift Current team rolled over the Edmonton Oil Kings in a crushing 9-1 defeat. The home team's goals were scored by nine different players. The Broncos already had a 6-1 lead at the end of the second period, and the final three goals in the third period were scored within a brief period of just one minute and four seconds. The Broncos will be playing five games on a U.S. road trip before their next home game against the Regina Pats on Jan. 27, which will have a 2:30 p.m. starting time.

 

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