The Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Golden Gala took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, May 27. The 50th anniversary event was an opportunity to celebrate the council's efforts over the past five decades to enrich the lives of people through the arts. A special presentation was made to Agatha Dyck, who is one of the original five board members of the council. She has been an active member of the organization over the entire five decades. She was presented with an original artwork by well known Swift Current artist Eric Uglem. Singer/songwriter Stephen Maguire and the eight-piece band Memory Lane treated the audience to songs from the forties, fifties and sixties.


Bull riders from across the world competed at the 2017 Cody Snyder Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) Invitational in Swift Current, May 27. This year’s event took place outdoors at Kinetic Exhibition Park instead of at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex. The change of venue was necessary due to the current replacement of the main arena ice floor slab at the i-plex. Brock Radford of Dewinton, Alberta, won this year’s Swift Current PBR Invitational. His first trophy buckle at a PBR Canada event took place on his 22nd birthday and he earned $6,043.50 in prize money. Radford was the only bull rider to hold on for the required eight seconds to score points during the final round. He was in fifth spot after the first round with a score of 83 points. He scored 78 points during the second round and there were no other qualified rides, which gave him a total of 161 points on two bulls. Jordan Hansen of Okotoks, Alberta, who had the highest score of 86.5 points after the first round, finished second overall and third overall was New Zealand bull rider Fraser Babbington. Saskatchewan bull rider Cody Coverchuk of Meadow Lake finished fourth on 85 points.


Swift Current Minor Girls Softball hosted a warm-up tournament for teams from various communities, May 27. In addition to multiple Swift Current teams, there were competitors from Kindersley, Leader, Maple Creek Rosetown and Shaunavon. A total of 24 games were played in four different age groups.



Former NHL player Theo Fleury shared his music and life story during a performance with the Calgary band, the Death Valley Rebels, at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 25. He released his debut album “I am what I am” in October 2015 and he uses his songwriting to reflect on his own life. His music is part of his goal to reach out to people who have suffered abuse. Fleury will be back in Saskatchewan this summer for the 2017 Victor Walk to raise awareness about the trauma of childhood rape. The Victor Walk from Saskatoon to Regina takes place from July 18 to 22, and will include a stop in Swift Current on July 19. For more information, visit the Victor Walk website at



The South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) district track and field championships took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, May 24. Grade 6-12 athletes competed in four age categories (bantam, midget, junior and senior). The top two competitors in midget, junior and senior events advanced to the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association provincial track and field competition in Saskatoon, June 2-3. There will be 97 SWAC athletes at the provincial championships.


The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their second home game of the 2017 roller derby season against the Bearded Ladies, a co-ed team from Medicine Hat, at the Innovation Credit Union iplex, May 20. The outcome of the thrilling and hard-hitting game was decided on the final jam, when the Bearded Ladies scored five points to win the game 165-160. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game against the Saskatoon Killabees on June 10.


Fiction writer and editor Rod MacIntyre was the featured author at the final event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 17. The award-winning author was born in Saskatoon, but he now lives in Christina Lake, B.C. His latest novel Mahihkan Lake was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He was the writer in residence at the Swift Current Library from 1997-98. The evening's entertainment included performances by four musicians from Maverick School – Griffin Funk, Cat Kearney, Kourtney McIntyre, and Jack Tonner. This was the 30th anniversary season of Write Out Loud, a reading series that showcases Canadian authors and local writing talent. The line-up for the 2017-18 series was announced at the event. It will include appearances by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of the popular television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, award-winning author and historian Bill Waiser, and retired police officer and author Ernie Louttit.

Young cyclists learned about safe cycling practices in a fun way during a bike safety event at Highland Park in Swift Current, May 17. The event was organized by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region and Bright Beginnings Family Centre, while a variety of local sponsors and volunteers helped to make the event possible. A bike safety course has been painted on the surface of the outdoor rink in 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.


The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place with two race days at the Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 12 and 13. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes (hobbies, streets and modifieds) and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The next two races will take place on June 9 and 10, with racing starting at 7 p.m. on both days. This year's racing schedule will have a special event on July 15, when a demolition derby takes place at the speedway.


A delegation from the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) and the Swift Current 57's baseball club attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, May 8. WMBL President Kevin Kvame made a presentation about the league, which currently has 12 teams. He noted that the facilities used by the WMBL teams in all 12 communities are on a good standard. He encouraged the City to have a master plan for the ongoing modernization of Mitchell Field and he said the only matter currently out of compliance at the Swift Current field is the lack of dressing room facilities. The Swift Current 57's won the championship in 2016 and the team will be defending their WMBL title under their new name and team colours when they open the 2017 season at home against Moose Jaw, June 1.


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