Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A large crowd enjoyed the spectacle of professional bull riding at the Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current on May 24 during the 4th annual Cody Snyder PBR Invitational. Meadow Lake bull rider Cody Coverchuk became the first Saskatchewan rider in the four-year history of the Cody Snyder PBR Invitational in Swift Current to win the event. Coverchuk scored 82.5 points during his initial ride on the bull Forget Me Not and held on during his championship ride on the bull Pop Evil to score another 87 points for a grand total of 169.5 points and over $5,000 in prize money. Scott Schiffner from Strathmore, Alberta, who won the inaugural event in 2011, was the only other rider to score during both rounds (85.5 and 79 for a total of 163.5 points). The bulls presented a tough challenge and only seven bull riders were able to stay on for the required eight seconds during the initial round.

 

The “Reasons 2 Race” breast cancer fundraiser took place at the Speedy Creek Raceway on May 23. Participants in the men’s pink speedo race sprinted down the main straight during a relay race carrying balloons filled with water. Andy Johnson, one of the speedo racers, raised $1,500.00 in pledges. The event also included a silent auction of pink body panels from Davidson Racing’s IMCA stock car and together with the Speedy Racing Association’s 50/50 donations it raised close to $3,000. Terry Davidson (#T2) won both Street Stocks heats in his pink race car, but Stefan Klym won the Street Stocks feature race. Other feature race winners were Bob Heffer (Modifieds), Tyson Crowe (Hobby Stocks) and Rene Panasiuk, who also won both heats in the Thunder Trucks division.

 

The official unveiling of Central School's centennial song took place during a special assembly on May 23 and students had the opportunity to wear their centennial t-shirts for the first time. Singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker performed during the event. He spent two days at the Swift Current school in February to assist students with the creation of a centennial song and returned to perform a concert at the school on Thursday evening, May 22, and to participate in the song's unveiling the next morning. Central School students and staff posed for a group photograph in their centennial t-shirts at the end of the assembly.

 

 

A celebration concert took place at the Alpine Church of God in Swift Current on May 18 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the production and hosting of the gospel music radio show Nite Watch with Brother John by J.D. “Jack” Peters. The evening of entertainment included performances by the youthful Swift Current music group, The Sundrops, and the popular Lloydminster family gospel group, the Amundruds, as well as messages of congratulations from a variety of individuals. Peters performed a gospel song with his wife Sarah and Sharon Penny. Peters received the Canadian Gospel Music Association's Best Gospel Radio Show Award in 1992 and in 2012 he was presented with the Nashville-based Singing News magazine's Golden Mic Award. His show airs on CKSW 570 in Swift Current and CJSN 1490 in Shaunavon.

 

Around 30 cyclists of all ages participated in the Swift Current Cycling Club's Big Ride along the Chinook Parkway on May 18. The club organized the bike ride in support of the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative and six-time Olympian Clara Hughes' Big Ride for Mental Health, a 110-day bicycle journey covering 12,000 km through every province and territory. All proceeds from the Swift Current Big Ride will be donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

Swift Current’s newest band is using its debut performance to raise funds for major renovations at the local Legion Hall.

With the end of the school year not too far away, many students are looking forward to those lazy summer days in the sun and they may even be thinking about visiting a tanning salon in preparation for their graduation ceremonies.

Twelve-year-old Emily Loose, of the Swift Current Archery Club, has placed first in Canada in the 2014 Regional Indoor Championships over a shooting distance of 18 metres.

The City of Swift Current plans to add an extra $2 to the annual fee for dog licences to help cover the maintenance costs for the off-leash dog park.

After the success of the first Swift Current Mad Dash two months ago the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre plans to make the next one even better and more fun.

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