Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Young cyclists had an opportunity to learn more about safe cycling practices in a fun way during the City of Swift Current’s annual bicycle safety event at ACT Park, May 16. The City hosted the event in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Bright Beginnings Family Centre. Sponsorship and volunteer support from various local organizations contributed towards a successful event. Tansi and Ravi, the two mascots of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, made a surprise visit to the event  A bike safety course has been painted on the surface of the outdoor rink at 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. There are bike safety courses at all five outdoor rinks in Swift Current for families to use at any time during the summer. Swift Current is the first community in the province to have these bike safety courses available for residents.

 

Award-winning Regina writer Connie Gault was the featured author at the final event in the 2017-18 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 16. She spoke about and read from her most recent novel A Beauty, which was longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the book of the year and fiction awards at the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. A distinctive feature of her work is the attention given to female characters and her interest in rural Saskatchewan life. The event started with a presentation by local artist Carolynn Anctil. She is a watercolour illustrator and photographer who also shares her creative writing through a storytelling project, Tin Rooster Farm Notes. Subscribers receive a monthly handwritten letter from her in which she shares her thoughts about life on a prairie farm. The Write Out Loud series showcases Canadian authors and local writing talent to literary fans. The line-up for the 2018-19 series was announced at the event. It will include a diverse and interesting group of authors, starting with gardening expert and author Lyndon Penner on Sept. 19. 

 

 

The 89th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival concluded with a musical and awards program at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, May 4.

The Swift Current United Way has produced a report to show the impact of a donation to the organization on communities in southwest Saskatchewan.

Artworks by high school students from across southwest Saskatchewan are currently on display in an exhibition in Swift Current.

An upgrade of the lights over the ice floor surface at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex will ensure that the facility will meet future lighting requirements of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Recycled eyeglasses from the Swift Current area continues to provide the gift of sight to people in poor countries. 

The Swift Current Broncos became the 2018 WHL champions after defeating the Everett Silvertips 3-0 in game six at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex, May 13. The Broncos scored two goals in the first period and a third goal into an empty net in the final seconds of the game. Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner recorded his second shutout during this championship series against the Silvertips. Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 WHL playoffs. He scored 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists) in 24 games, including five goals and two assists against the Silvertips.

 

The annual ceremonial review of the three Swift Current cadet corps took place at the Fairview School gymnasium, May 12. The reviewing officer was Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 President Harvey Wiebe, who took the general salute and inspected the #259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander, #605 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Tarry Squadron, and #128 Navy League Cadet Corps Prairie Schooner. This was followed by a march past and a drill demonstration. There was then a break in the official proceedings to give audience members an opportunity to look at the different presentations set up by the cadets to highlight their activities and the air cadets gave an outdoor demonstration of a bottle rocket launch. Formal proceedings then continued with the presentation of awards to cadets. The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Saskatchewan Division Chairperson Gord Basaraba presented commemorative challenge coins to all the sea cadets and their commanding officers and staff in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the sea cadets. Cadets presented a hand-made quilt from Quilts of Valour to reviewing officer Harvey Wiebe. The event concluded with remarks by the reviewing officer and the general salute.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do held its annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for the International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Great Plains College gymnasium, May 12. Students have been gathering pledges in the run-up to the event and they used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break close to 300 boards. The event raised about $15,500 and donations were still being received. Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do has raised around $35,500 for IJM during the past four years. IJM works in various countries across the globe to end slavery, sexual violence, human trafficking, and forced labour. The funds raised by the club this year will be used by IJM for the rescue and recovery of child sex trafficking victims in Kolkata, India.

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