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Swift Current Trap Club hosts well attended provincial championship

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Duane Smith of the Swift Current Trap Club shoots at a target during the singles competition, July 14. Other members of the club are standing behind him. Duane Smith of the Swift Current Trap Club shoots at a target during the singles competition, July 14. Other members of the club are standing behind him.

Trapshooters from across western Canada competed at a well attended provincial championship hosted by the Swift Current Trap Club in its 40th anniversary year.

The 2018 Saskatchewan Amateur Trapshooting Association (SATA) provincial championship took place from July 12-15.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the event was held on championship day, July 14. There was also an honour shoot to recognize former shooters who have passed away.
Canadian Trapshooting Association President Dwight Smith, who is from Deslisle, Saskatchewan, said the turnout for the provincial championship was really good.
“In quite a number of years this is the largest provincial championship that has taken place for our membership,” he said after the opening ceremony. “This club has shown that it is very capable of handling that and people like to come here. The City of Swift Current and the area is very supportive of what we’re doing here and we appreciate it.”
Over 70 shooters from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba competed at the event. He noted that trapshooting is a family sport and participants are from all ages.
“The sport itself in Saskatchewan is very strong,” he said. “Our representation of shooting members is very wide, and we’re happy to have that.”
This was the first time in its 40-year history that the Swift Current Trap Club hosted the provincial championship.
“We applied two years ago and we were successful on the bid,” Swift Current Trap Club President Randy Hunt said. “We’re very excited to host it on our 40th anniversary and it goes to show if you build a nice club, shooters will come, and it’s proven here. I work with a really good bunch of board of directors and all I do is try and lead a little bit and they jump on board and it’s just fantastic what they do to help.”
He has not seen so many trapshooters at an event in Saskatchewan since he started shooting two decades ago, which made it even more exciting to host the championship.
Hunt was recognized for his contribution to trapshooting when he was presented with the SATA President's Cup during the opening ceremony.
“That was kind of a surprise,” he said. “I didn’t know about it. It means that you’re respected by your fellow shooters for what you’ve done for the sport. I feel really honoured to have my name on the cup.”
The Swift Current Trap Club has approximately 65 members. Many of them are from Swift Current and Gull Lake, and there are also members from the surrounding areas. About 15 shooters or basically three squads from the club participated in the provincial championship.
Club members shoot regularly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons. The club hosts a four-week league championship in the spring as well as one or two SATA sanctioned registered shoot competitions.
“We usually end up with 14 squads doing the spring league and that runs until the middle part of June,” he said.
Over the past 40 years the club had different locations around Swift Current, but a few years ago the club secured its position when it purchased 61 acres of land just east of the Swift Current airfield. The facilities at this site include a good size clubhouse and a Chief Firearms Officer approved shooting range.
“It was quite an undertaking,” Hunt said about the project to acquire land for the club. “We had some large donations from members and we have a very small mortgage right now, a very tenable mortgage, but we paid most of the capital out of donations.”

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