Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Swift Current Redneck Betties had a convincing 255-130 victory against the Moose Jaw roller derby team, the Lil Chicago Jaw Breakers, at the Credit Union iPlex, May 21. The Redneck Betties junior team, the Ra Ra Riots, also had a good night on the track with a 240-230 win over Moose Jaw's Most Wanted. It was the second home game of the season for the Redneck Betties. Their next home game will take place on June 11.


The Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association's (SHSRA) final rodeo of the regular season took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Magnus Newland Arena in Swift Current over the Victoria Day long weekend, May 21-23. It was the final opportunity for the 105 contestants to score points and improve their standings before the provincial finals, which will take place in Swift Current from June 2-5. Pictured are photographs from three events on the first day of the rodeo: goat tying, pole bending, and bareback.

Winners included: High school division
Bareback Liam Marshall
Saddlebronc  Chance Sjogren
Barrels amy bowditch
Tied down Tee Mcleod
Break away Fayth Panchuk
Steer wrestling Tee Mcleod
Goats Jayne Keeley
Bulls Matt Leippi
Team roping header Zane Marcenko
Heeler Tee Mcleod
High point buckle champions winning their 1st buckles are Keaton Anderson and Bayley Farr
Jr division buckle winners Kegan Kmita and Brooke Lee
Provincial finals are in Swift Current: June 2 -5


The Swift Current & District Drug Task Force recognized the positive contributions of individuals and organizations to the community and to youth during an awards luncheon at the Great Plains College campus, May 19. Pictured are the award recipients in the order they received their award certificates: Standard Motors, represented by Ryan Plewis (Business Award), KidSport Swift Current, represented by Richard Bissonnette and Craig Menzies (Community Organization Award), Peter Gallagher (Youth Award), Kaitlin Olmsted (Youth Leadership Award), Griffin Funk (Youth Positive Lifestyle Award), and Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer (Community Leadership Award). Afterwards RCMP Constable Tony Curti handed out positive tickets to the award recipients.


A public reception for the high school art show at the West Wing Gallery at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current took place on May 18. The exhibition presents a selection of artworks by Grade 9 to 12 students of the Chinook School Division. This year's exhibition includes works by visual art students from the Gull Lake School, Hazlet School, Swift Current Comprehensive High School, and the Chinook School Division Cyber School. The artworks will be on display until June 12. Regular viewing hours for the West Wing Gallery are 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday, and holiday Mondays. Admission is free.

Young cyclists were able to learn more about safe cycling practices in a fun way during the 3rd annual bicycle safety event at ACT Park in Swift Current, May 18. The event was organized by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings, while a variety of businesses and organizations provided support to make the event possible. 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.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:47

Premier Brad Wall not yet ready to leap

Last week’s throne speech to start the first session of the 28th Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan was for the most part without any surprises, but with one puzzling exception.

Vision Care Clinic in downtown Swift Current presented a cheque of $7,500 to the Swift Current United Way as a gold sponsor of the 2nd annual Foundation of Hope Gala, which will take place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Nov. 5.

The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place on the newly named Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 15. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes and there was plenty of action on the track during the afternoon to entertain racing fans. Racing was very competitive and the heat races in all classes had different winners. The feature race winners were Jason Duclos (Boston Pizza Modifieds), Mike Dionne (Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks) and Kevin Prestie (NAPA Auto Parts Hobby Stocks). The next race day will be June 4 at 7 p.m. Below are the full race results:

Napa Auto Parts Hobby Stocks:

Heat 1 : Kevin Prestie; Heat 2: Trevor Monk; Feature race: 1st: Kevin Prestie, 2nd: Trevor Monk, 3rd: Carson Crowe, 4th: Dave Koethler.

Innovation Credit Union Street Stocks:

Heat 1A: Mike Dionne; Heat 1B: Stefan Klym; Heat 2A: Clay Nelson; Heat 2B: Destiny Klym; Feature race: 1st: Mike Dionne, 2nd: Stefan Klym, 3rd: Eric Jansen, 4th: Colin Johnston.

Boston Pizza Modifieds:

Heat1A: Brody Crowe; Heat1B: Kelly Baumann; Heat2A: Jason Duclos; Heat2B: Kelly Baumann; Feature race: 1st: Jason Duclos, 2nd: Coty Smith, 3rd: Scott Pain, 4th: Ross Statham.


Five military veterans were thanked for their service to the country during a Quilts of Valour Canada presentation at the Swift Current Quilter's Guild quilt show at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 14. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer and Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson presented each veteran with a hand-made quilt from Quilts of Valour, a Canadian charity founded in Edmonton in 2006 to acknowledge the contribution of injured Canadian Armed Forces members and military veterans. The recipients of the quilts were Second World War veterans Gordon Hartley, Fred Barlow and Ervin Seibel, as well as Canadian Armed Forces veterans Shannon Barnes and Theresa Brown. Second World War veteran Marion Miller was unable to attend for health reasons, but Quilts of Valour representative Cheryl Dvernichuk and Cheryl Vangen of the Swift Current Quilter's Guild presented a quilt to Miller in the Cypress Regional Hospital on May 13.


Close to 200 quilts were on display at a two-day quilt show hosted by the Swift Current Quilter's Guild at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 14 and 15. The show was an opportunity for quilters from the area to attend demonstrations and to do some shopping at the stalls of quilting supply vendors.  A highlight of the event was a Quilts of Valour ceremony on May 14 to present quilts to local veterans who have served with the Canadian Armed Forces.


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