Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:06

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 16, 2018

The annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current took place on Sept. 16. The event started and finished in Riverside Park on Sept. 16. There were 33 participants, who ran or walked on a route set out along the Chinook Parkway, and they raised $5,105 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Something different at this year's event was a warm-up session for participants before the start of the run/walk, which was presented by fitness instructors Dara Closs and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fitness studio.

 

Roller derby action returned to Swift Current on Sept. 15, when the Redneck Betties played their second home game of the season at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, Sept. 15. They had a tough game against the Weyburn Strait Jackettes, but the Redneck Betties kept the scoreboard rolling during jams to win 177-149. The Redneck Betties will play their final home game of the season on Oct. 13 against the Deathbridge Derby Dames from Lethbridge, Alberta.

 

The Swift Current Broncos concluded their preseason with a 5-1 win on home ice against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sept. 15. This was the team's only game in Swift Current during the preseason. The Broncos lost 7-0 against the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Sept. 14, and also lost two games played in Regina over the Labour Day long weekend against the Regina Pats (4-1) and the Saskatoon Blades (3-1). The Broncos will host the Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 21 at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex to open the 2018-19 regular season.

 

Regina woodcarver Kamron Garbe displayed his skills with a chainsaw when he created a sculpture from a piece of spruce in Swift Current's Memorial Park, Sept. 15. He visited the city to participate in Thee Imagination Fest, a celebration of arts and music that was organized by Swift Current artist Nancy Currie. The outdoor event in Memorial Park could not carry on due to poor weather, but Garbe continued to carve during the afternoon.

 

A truck from Swift Current joined trucks from Moose Jaw and Saskatoon for Special Olympics Saskatchewan’s 12th annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy and the 7th annual Truck Pull in Regina, Sept. 15. This was the second year that Swift Current was a location for the official convoy kickoff. Swift Current Special Olympics athlete Harold Robinson raised $3,120 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, almost double the amount he collected last year and also the highest individual amount raised for the event. He was therefore again able to travel in the truck from Swift Current to attend the event in Regina. Pat Laybolt drove the Austin's Courier semi and the trailer was provided by Wanner Industries. Three RCMP vehicles from the rural detachment in Swift Current provided an escort for the truck and pilot vehicles out of the city. Seven trucks joined them in Moose Jaw and a total of 42 trucks participated in the final celebration event at the Turvey Centre in Regina, which included a barbeque, entertainment and a truck pull. The event raised over $17,000 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, which will be used to support programs in 17 communities across the province.

 

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:56

9th Annual Rusty Cage Fun Run, Sept. 15, 2018

Nine motorcycle riders braved cool weather to participate in the 9th annual Rusty Cage Fun Run, Sept. 15. The fun run started in downtown Swift Current and the group travelled to Morse, Hodgeville, Hazenmore and Cadillac before returning to the city. The ride takes place in honour of fallen friends and at the moment there is a list of six people who used to ride with the group. The $680 raised from this year's event will be used to support any rider from the local motorcycle community who needs financial support for unexpected costs such medical expenses. Funds raised during previous years have been donated to different charities. The name of the event is a reference to a Johnny Cash song, Rusty Cage, which was the favourite song of local rider Simon Dahl, who passed away in July 2010. This year's run almost did not take place, but Steve Hamm stepped up to keep it going and next year's 10th anniversary run has already been scheduled for Aug. 24, 2019.

 

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:54

Stock car racing in Swift Current, Sept. 14, 2018

Rain disrupted the final race weekend hosted by the Swift Current Stock Car Association (SCSCA). Only the Sept. 14 evening races took place, when soggy conditions already made it impossible for teams to use the usual pit area. After more rain the racing could not continue on Saturday afternoon. That race will be rescheduled to a date in October, when the SCSCA championship winners will be determined. Check for updates on the SCSCA Facebook page for the date and time of this race.

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts defeated the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings 28-1 during the annual Thursday Night Lights football game at Colts Field, Sept. 13. This was the fifth year the Colts hosted a game under lights, which has become popular with local football fans. The Colts had a great start to the season and the team is undefeated after two games.

 

Three celebrity judges had a tough task to select the winning entries for the front cover and 12 monthly slots of the Swift Current SPCA’s 2019 Pet Calendar at the Wheatland Mall, Sept. 13. From left to right, Southwest TV News anchor Carol Andrews, Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Karla Wiens, and KFC franchise owner Bert Gruetzner discuss some entries for the monthly covers. The SPCA’s 2019 Pet Calendar will be available by mid-November. The animal shelter had a good response from the public to the calendar contest. It received a total of 164 entries, which was an increase compared to last year. The judges made their choice from 46 entries for the montly cover slots and 13 entries for the front cover.

 

Swift Current resident Lloyd Fehr, who is an avid fan of electric vehicles, organized an event during National Drive Electric Week to raise awareness about plug-in electric vehicles, Sept. 12. Five fully electric cars, three hybrid electric cars and an an electric-powered bicycle were on display. Four of the vehicles are from Swift Current and area, but the other vehicle owners drove from Creighton, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and even The Pas, Manitoba, to attend the event. During the week of Sept. 8-16 similar events for electric vehicle owners took place in Regina and Saskatoon. There were National Drive Electric Week events  in over 300 communities across North America to give people an opportunity to learn more about these vehicles.

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