The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Ardens volleyball team won gold at their home tournament, Nov. 4-5. Teams from Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Weyburn and Yorkton as well as the Junior Ardens participated in the seven-team tournament. The Senior Ardens placed second in the round robin after losing only one set against the Weyburn Eagles. The Ardens won their semi-final match against the Estevan Elecs in two sets (25-21 and 25-23) to have a rematch against the Weyburn Eagles in the championship final. The Ardens won the gold medal game in two sets (25-19 and 25-22). The Ardens will compete at regionals in Weyburn on Nov. 11-12, and they will need a top three finish to qualify for provincials.
The South Asian community in Swift Current hosted a Diwali celebration at the First United Church gymnasium, Oct. 30. Diwali or the Festival of Lights is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. People enjoyed a meal, which was catered by Husky Restaurant, and watched dancing performances by Tintu Sebastian, Turna Barua, Ankita Das and Pearl Munim. Thereafer audience members had an opportunity to participate in the celebrations by dancing the “Garba”, a traditional folk dance from Gujarat, India. The event was sponsored by the Southwest Multicultural Association. Diwali has been celebrated for many years in Swift Current. It used to be a potluck for around 40 people, but it has become a catered event due to the growth in the number of people from South Asian countries who now reside in Swift Current.
The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team continued their successful season with a 21-7 victory over the Yorkton Raiders in a semi-final game on Colts Field, Oct. 29. The Colts had a 14-7 lead at halftime after touchdowns by Zac McCallum and Tristan Lockman in the second quarter. Nic Bachiu added another touchdown for the home team in the third quarter. The Colts will play in Moose Jaw against the Peacock Tornadoes in the 3A 12-man Moose Jaw League final on Nov. 5.
The 2nd annual Concert in the Sky to raise funds for the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) took place at the Living Sky Casino, Oct. 28. The event, which was attended by about 300 people, featured musical entertainment by students from Maverick School and local singer/songwriter Colter Wall, who has been building a successful musical career since releasing his debut album to critical acclaim in 2015. The construction of Dorie's House, an emergency shelter in Swift Current that will provide accommodation to homeless youth from across southwest Saskatchewan, is almost complete and a community open house of the new facility will take place from Nov. 7-9 with daily tours from noon to 8 p.m. Workplaces that want to attend as a large group can book a tour time with Southwest YES.
Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) were creating awareness about safety during Halloween in the downtown area, Oct. 28. The group were wearing Halloween costumes while walking in the downtown area during the noon hour to hand out candy with safety messages to encourage people not to drink and drive.
The Cypress Health Region's 5th annual Safety Expo to promote staff and patient safety took place at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Oct. 25-26. The Safety Expo happened during Canadian Patient Safety Week and the theme of this year's event was “Just for the Health of it.” The first day of the event had an educational focus with STARS simulation bus and ambulance tours, demonstrations in the Lee Irwin Simulation Lab, and guest speakers, including Gord Moker from Work Safe Saskatchewan. A health and safety fair with a variety of vendors took place on the second day of the Safety Expo.
The top cowboys and cowgirls on the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) rodeo circuit attended the CCA Finals Rodeo in Swift Current, Oct. 19-22. This was the first time that the CCA Finals took place at the Credit Union iPlex since the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association concluded a five-year agreement with the CCA to have the event in Swift Current. The event is the culmination of the CCA rodeo season. Only the top 10 in each major event and the top six in each junior event along with the winners of the Peavey Mart Tour qualify to compete at the CCA Finals. Brady Bertram of Maple Creek won the bareback championship for the second year in a row with 145 points. He also won the aggregate title with a score of 380.5 over five rides. Adam Gilchrist, another Maple Creek cowboy, clinched his first CCA Finals championship title in the saddle bronc with 125 points as well as a total of 303.5 aggregate points. Ron Hunt of Nanton, Alberta, was the top bull rider while Bertina Olafson of Hudson Bay became the barrel racing champion during her second appearance at the CCA Finals. Devon Porter of Solsgirth, Manitoba claimed the steer wrestling championship title after a sudden death shootout against Australian George Wheeler, when they both ended on 100 points, but Wheeler held on to the aggregate title. Mace Perozak of Claresholm, Alberta, won the tie-down roping championship title. The team roping champions are cousins Kyle Chappel (header) of Gravelbourg and Brady Chappel (heeler) of Moose Jaw. William Barrows of Foremost, Alberta, was the junior steer riding champion. Laramie Lockie of Waskada, Manitoba, and Sydney Windjack of Maple Creek both finished on 140 points in the junior girls barrel racing, but Lockie won the championship title after a sudden death run off. Janae Wilson of Maple Creek won the aggregate title in the junior girls barrel racing.
Medical students had an opportunity to learn more about practising medicine in a rural setting during a day-long visit to Swift Current, Oct. 22. The 44 University of Saskatchewan students from Regina and Saskatoon participated in the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) Roadmap Program, an initiative that exposes students to the benefits of practising in smaller centres. The students were hosted by local physicians and family medicine residents at the Cypress Regional Hospital. They had rotating sessions during the morning. Each 30 minute session gave them an opportunity to focus on different skills and to apply their knowledge. There were casting and suturing clinics, and they learned more about the use of a vacuum pump and forceps during assisted delivery in the obstetrical skills clinic. During two simulation lab sessions they had to examine to life-size medical mannequins and diagnose their medical symptoms. In the afternoon the students had a question and answer session with local family medicine residents and they toured the hospital as well as the city.
A fundraising luncheon for the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre was held in downtown Swift Current, Oct. 21. The luncheon, which took place at the Seniors Centre, was presented by three local businesses in support of the campaign to keep the facility open. The campaign has raised about $15,000 during the past four months and the Seniors Centre has also gained new members. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds for much needed maintenance and repair work to the building. The upgrades will be part of a long-term initiative to keep the building open as a place for seniors to meet and socialize. The Seniors Centre will also be a beneficiary, along with the Salvation Army, of an annual Christmas charity luncheon hosted by local restaurant Soup and Such Cafe and Catering on Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the fundraising initiative by the Swift Current Seniors Activity Centre or to make a donation, contact Ricardo Morin from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 306-773-0373.
Five local students had a behind-the-scenes visit to the Swift Current Fire Department during the Fire Chief for a Day event, Oct. 20. The students, one each from Central, Fairview, O.M. Irwin and École Centennial schools, were the winners of the Fire Prevention Week contest. They are John Arat (All Saints School), Rayanne Fleischfresser (École Centennial School), Angelina Gaetz (Fairview School), Kasia Gatzke (O.M. Irwin School), and Masen Jones (Central School). The Swift Current Fire Department is working with local schools during October to highlight the importance of replacing smoke alarms. The motto of Fire Prevention Week is “Don't wait, check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.” The fire department had a smoke alarm campaign during the summer months to make Swift Current residents aware of the importance of smoke alarms in their home to survive a fire.