The Southwest Booster
Saskatchewan Games 50th anniversary flag flying over Swift Current this week
A commemorative flag is currently flying over Swift Current City Hall in recognition of Swift Current hosting the 1976 Saskatchewan Summer Games.
Swift Current is participating in a flag exchange program organized by the Saskatchewan Games Council, where all 14 municipal flags from previous hosting communities will fly outside Athletes Village for the seven days of the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Regina. Simultaneously, a commemorative flag denoting the years each host community held a games will fly in their communities for the duration of the Games.
The 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games, which run February 19 to 25, which will mark the biennial multi-sport games program’s 50th anniversary. The Saskatchewan Games program was first established in 1972, providing athletes a chance to develop while participating in a multi-sport competition.
The first ever Saskatchewan Games were hosted in Moose Jaw in the summer of 1972, while the first Saskatchewan Winter Games were held in North Battleford in 1974.
Swift Current was the third community to host a Saskatchewan Games, and the Games hosted on August 10 to 15, 1972 were an all-age competition in 18 different events. Approximately 2,000 athletes competed in the following events: archery, softball, cycling, diving (at the Fairview Pool), equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, swimming, tennis, track and field, trapshooting and water Polo (hosted at the 2nd Ave. Pool), while sailing, canoeing and water skiing were hosted at Lac Pelletier.
City of Swift Current Museum Director Melissa Shaw, who served as the cochair of the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games hosted in the City, said sports remain an important aspect throughout the community.
“Sports have such an important part in Swift Current. I don’t think anything we set our minds to we can accomplish, and Western Canada Games showed that. And who knows what the future might hold. Maybe we’ll host another Saskatchewan Games, that’s yet to be determined.”