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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 http://victorwalk.com

 

 

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.

 

Members of the 2017-18 Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce board of directors attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting on May 8 to take their oath of office in front of Mayor Denis Perrault. The new board was announced at the chamber's recent annual general meeting at the end of March. Brock Friesen of Rittinger’s Men's Wear is the 2017-18 board chair and Doug Evjen of SaskTel is the 1st vice chair. The other board members who took their oath at the meeting are Lawrence Carr, Michel Deguire, Karen Richmond, Sharleen Thoreson, and Stacey Wiens.

 

Cadets commemorated the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest single battle of the Second World War, during a parade at the Memorial Park cenotaph in Swift Current, May 7. Similar events took place on this day across Canada and in the United Kingdom. The event in Swift Current was hosted by the #259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander with participation by members of the #128 Navy League Cadet Corps Prairie Schooner and #605 Tarry Royal Canadian Air Cadets. This battle lasted for five year, eight months and five days. It resulted in the loss of 24 Canadian warships and over 60 Canadian registered merchant ships. Almost 2,000 Royal Canadian Navy sailors, 1,600 Canadian merchant seamen and 752 Canadian airmen lost their lives.

 

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