Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Chinook School Division is restructuring the Student Services program to ensure that ongoing support can be provided to students with reduced resources.

The Swift Current Redneck Betties used their speed and offensive skills to overpower the Saskatoon Killa Bees during a roller derby game at the Innovation Credit Union, June 10. The Redneck Betties had a 105-37 lead at halftime and continued to score points during the second half to win 209-91. Roller derby fans in Swift Current will have to wait a while before seeing their team on the track again. The Redneck Betties will play their final home game of the season on Sept. 16.


The annual ceremonial review of the three Swift Current cadet corps took place at the Fairview School gymnasium, June 10. This year's reviewing officer was Swift Current Deputy Mayor Bruce Deg, 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. The inspection was followed by a march past and 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 some of their activities during the year. This was followed by the presentation of awards and a ceremony for the official change of command at #605 Tarry Squadron. The afternoon's proceedings concluded with remarks by the reviewing officer and the general salute.


The Swift Current Pee Wee AAA 57's won silver at their nine-team home tournament game that took place from June 9 to 11. The 57's finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. The team was undefeated after four pool games, but lost the championship game 12-2 against the Saskatoon Cardinals. The 57's started their tournament on June 9 by holding on for a 12-11 win against the Sask Five Giants and then claimed a 8-4 victory against the Melville Millionaires. On June 10 the 57's defeated the Saskatoon A's 11-5 and the Swift Current team played their final pool game on June 11, when they recorded a 10-7 win against the Muenster Red Sox.


Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2017 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 10. This was the fifth year that the event took place in the city. It was attended by 157 riders and the event raised $22,600. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Members of the Eliminators Car Club participated in the parade. After the parade the motorcycle riders participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. 


The 3rd annual Southwest Run for Shelter took place in Swift Current, June 10. The event is organized by the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) as a fundraiser for the operation of Dorie's House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth that opened in Swift Current in January. There were 43 runners at this year's event. They had a choice of running a full or half marathon, or otherwise shorter distances of five and 10 kilometres. Below are the results for the fastest female and male runners in each event:

Marathon – fastest female Mailyn Leyeza (4:44.48), fastest male Rizalito Conijos (4:23.23); Half marathon – fastest female Ana Marie Espiritu (2:17.52), fastest male Ian Kennedy (1:43.40); 10 km – fastest female Danielle Bourgeois (52: 13.7), fastest male Wes Ginter (47:35); 5 km – fastest female Keleah Ostrander (25:11), fastest male Stacy Bolton (24:44).


Dirt racers were back on the track at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on June 9 and 10 for Speedy Creek Racing Association’s (SCRA) second race weekend of the season. The SCRA will host a special event on July 15, starting at 1 p.m., when a demolition derby will take place at the speedway. This will be the first time in close to two decades that a demolition derby will be presented in the city. More details about the event is available on the SCRA website at

Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre provides local musicians with a venue to share their talent at the regular Open Stage events, which take place the second Thursday of every month. A variety of musical genres and styles were represented at the most recent Open Stage, June 8, which was emceed by local bluesman Doug Sawatzky. The next Open Stage will take place on July 13. At each event there is an open jam for musicians from 7-8 p.m., and the show starts at 8.


Students from across southwest Saskatchewan learned more about the important role of farmers in the province to provide the food that students and their families will eat every day during the Food Farm event at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, June 6 and 7. A total of 160 students from six communities attended sessions during the two days. There were students from Cabri, Gull Lake, Kyle, Success, Swift Current and Waldeck. They learned in an interactive and hands-on way from industry experts about where the ingredients come from for familiar foods such as pizza, burgers, and fries. They planted seeds in a plot and they will return in the fall to harvest their crops. This two-part educational program takes place through a partnership between Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre.


The annual ceremonial review of the three Swift Current cadet corps took place at the Fairview School gymnasium, June 10.

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