Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current started with a flag raising ceremony that was attended by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.

The Swift Current Fire Department had another busy year in 2016 and responded to 828 emergency calls.

The inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current started with a flag raising ceremony that was attended by Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield. The well attended ceremony on Market Square took place at noon on May 29. A number of speakers addressed the crowd. Swift Current Pride Week was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. As part of this inaugural Pride Week in Swift Current the first permanent rainbow crosswalk in Saskatchewan has been installed on the 200 block of Central Avenue North in the city’s downtown. A variety of Pride Week activities are scheduled during the week. Some of the main events will take place on June 3. There will be a family barbecue at Market Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inaugural Swift Current Price march will start at Market Square at noon. The week’s activities will conclude that evening with the Lyric Theatre’s annual Pride dance, starting at 8 p.m. More details about the Pride Week events are available on the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride website at www.southwestsaskpride.com

 

The 2017 Southwest Soccerfest took place in Swift Current from May 26-28. The tournament was hosted by the Swift Current United Soccer Club (SCUSC) and the Swift Current Soccer Association. It was attended by 32 teams, including 11 local teams. They played in eight divisions from U-10 to U-16. The U10 boys SCUSC Strikers finished in first spot in the four-team round robin, but lost 1-0 to the Queen City Black team in the final. The SCUSC U10 girls won their division against teams from Regina and Weyburn. In the U12 girls division the SCUSC White team placed second out of five teams with three wins. The SCUSC Lightning advanced to the final in the U12 boys division, but lost 4-0 against the Medicine Hat Barca. The three teams in the U16 boys division each finished with two wins and two losses, but the SCUSC team placed third based on the scoring formula. The SCUSC U16 girls won gold and remained undefeated in their three-team division after four matches against teams from Moose Jaw and Regina.

 

The Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Golden Gala took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, May 27. The 50th anniversary event was an opportunity to celebrate the council's efforts over the past five decades to enrich the lives of people through the arts. A special presentation was made to Agatha Dyck, who is one of the original five board members of the council. She has been an active member of the organization over the entire five decades. She was presented with an original artwork by well known Swift Current artist Eric Uglem. Singer/songwriter Stephen Maguire and the eight-piece band Memory Lane treated the audience to songs from the forties, fifties and sixties.

 

Bull riders from across the world competed at the 2017 Cody Snyder Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) Invitational in Swift Current, May 27. This year’s event took place outdoors at Kinetic Exhibition Park instead of at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex. The change of venue was necessary due to the current replacement of the main arena ice floor slab at the i-plex. Brock Radford of Dewinton, Alberta, won this year’s Swift Current PBR Invitational. His first trophy buckle at a PBR Canada event took place on his 22nd birthday and he earned $6,043.50 in prize money. Radford was the only bull rider to hold on for the required eight seconds to score points during the final round. He was in fifth spot after the first round with a score of 83 points. He scored 78 points during the second round and there were no other qualified rides, which gave him a total of 161 points on two bulls. Jordan Hansen of Okotoks, Alberta, who had the highest score of 86.5 points after the first round, finished second overall and third overall was New Zealand bull rider Fraser Babbington. Saskatchewan bull rider Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake finished fourth on 85 points.

 

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.

 

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