Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Swift Current Redneck Betties remain undefeated at home after winning their second home bout of the season at the Credit Union iPlex, May 30. The Swift Current team faced solid blocking from the visiting Billings Derby Dames, but the Betties were able to build up a 92-59 lead at halftime and they won the game with a final score of 208-148. The Betties will play their third and final home game of the season on June 20.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted its first racing weekend for the season at the Swift Current airport on May 30 and 31. There was a good turnout of racers from across western Canada to compete in three racing classes. The event included a burnout contest sponsored by the Dark Guardian Motorcycle Riders Charity from Chaplin. Club members were selling raffle tickets for a variety of prize draws at the drag races to raise funds for the Swift Current SPCA and for the club's hamper fund, which is used to support families in need.


A bike safety event at Swift Current's new bike safety course was attended by 100 young cyclists, May 27. This course at the outdoor rink at Highland Park is the first of its kind in the province. The course is painted on the surface of the rink to provide a realistic experience for young cyclists learning about road safety. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight and other obstacles. The event was hosted by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region, Bright Beginnings Family Centre and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.


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.

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