20 - PRAIRIE POST - Friday,April 23, 2010
Sundogs raise dough at annual auction
BY ALLISON WERBOWETSKY
Where can you find golf bags, beer fridges, Saskatchewan Roughriders tickets, concert tickets, restaurant vouchers, gift baskets, spa packages, clothing, purses and tonnes of hard- to-get hockey memorabilia? At the always successful SunDogs Auction Extravaganza, of course. Hundreds packed into the banquet room of the Credit Union i-plex April 16 to help raise money in support of the Great Plains College SunDogs athletic program. “This is our largest fundraising event that we do. Definitely a large portion of our budget comes from fundraising that happens here at this auction,” said Meaghan Lawrence, athletics and development co-ordinator for Great Plains College. The SunDogs raised just over $13,000 toward the athletics program at the popular event last year. This year, they were hoping to make it to $15,000, but were shy of reaching that goal with a still-impressive total of $11,500.
The big ticket item was a framed autographed
Wayne Gretzky jersey and photo which went in the live auction for an impressive $2,100. The majority of the items were donated by businesses around the community, and the event also received a large amount of cash donations as well. The response from the community was incredible, and continues to be an essential part of the success of the athletics program, Lawrence said. “It’s huge. You know, the businesses in the area get asked so many times for so many things ... and for the last several years, we’ve just been overwhelmed by the support that we
get. People have really rallied behind this event and have committed to throwing it, and we find that year after year we get a lot of the same donors on board,” she added. All of the money raised goes toward covering the expensive operational costs attached to running athletic teams at this level. Travelling costs, lodging and tournament fees are only a sliver of the high costs these teams face every year.
Fundraisers such as the auction, which help rake in large sums of money all at once, are what have kept athletics at
Great Plains College — and even the college itself — alive.
This past season the college offered three teams, including men’s and women’s volleyball as well as
‘Photo by Allison Werbowetsky
Auctioneer Skip Neufeld helped sell numerous items at the fundraising auction at Great Plains College.
co-ed basketball. At least 75 per cent of the students currently registered at the college, chose Great Plains for its competitive athletic teams. “It’s a lot of fun having an athletics program at the college; it’s really changed the environment there. We have students coming from all over the province because they want to come and play basketball, they want to come and play volleyball, so this has become a destination for athletes in the province,” Lawrence said. The SunDogs are still trying to establish themselves in the community as a valued form of athletic entertainment here in Swift Current. Competing against the Broncos and Indians for fans has been challenging for the developing teams, Lawrence admitted. However, the college has already come a long way from the essentially non-existent program it had a few years ago.
“The one challenge that we have is most of
our games are on the road. That’s why we’ve brought in games like the Battle of the Southwest, and then we get a really good turnout at those events, so that’s really helped in terms of community support,” she said. “As the local team, we try and give our community the chance to see us play. We’ll try and host more tournaments in the future and hopefully have a better opportunity to see the teams play in action right here at home.”
Students competing in badminton, track
SUBMITTED BY DEB REAMER CHINOOK ATHLETIC CO-ORDINATOR
Schools are busy with the final two sports on the school calendar — badminton and track and field. Badminton playoffs are already underway for the seniors. Teams gathered in three locations — Burstall, Swift
Current and Eastend — Saturday, April 17 for the first level of playoffs called sections.
Thanks to commissioners Carson Benallack (Burstall), Janna Walker (Swift Current Comp), Val Gordon and Nikki
Whitney (Eastend) for hosting. The top four teams in each category — girls’ singles, boys’ singles, girls’ doubles, boys’ doubles and mixed doubles — will now advance to districts in Swift Current April 24. Action will get underway at 10 a.m. and finish around 5 p.m. Teams will be vying for the top two positions in order to advance to regionals. Regionals are being hosted this year in Swift Current on May 1. Teams from the southwest will compete against teams from south central and Regina for the right to play at the
provincial tournament in Wilkie on May 8. Junior badminton teams start their playoffs April 24.
Teams from the Cypress section will gather in Burstall (Maple Creek High, Sidney Street, Fox Valley, Burstall, Leader, Abbey, Hazlet, Cabri, and Success) while teams from Whitemud will gather in Consul (Eastend, Frontier, Shaunavon, Val Marie, and Consul). The Rolling Hills area will be split into two subsections due to large number of entries. Rolling Hills A will gather in Gull Lake (Gull Lake, Swift Current Comp, Stewart Valley, Waldeck, and Herbert) while Rolling Hills B will gather in Ponteix (Hodgeville, Vanguard, Wymark, Ponteix, and Irwin).
The top teams will advance to Districts on Saturday, May 1 in Shaunavon.
All badminton action for juniors begins at 10 a.m. Good luck to all our players.
Boxing event May 1
The Swift Current Boxing Club, in conjunction with the Swift
Current Mall, is hosting a competitive amateur boxing card Saturday, May 1. Fighters from all across the province as well as Alberta will be heating up the ring in a competition all about bragging rights.
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The event will include 10 bouts in total, including popular local fighters Mackenzie Mason and Jarid Clark. Andrew Davey will compete for the first time in the over 21 heavy weight division.
This open novice boxing competition will feature a number of fighters, male and female, in a range of age groups and skill levels.
“Amateur boxing is a very organized and safe sport. Spectators can expect top quality amateur boxing,” said coach Mike Kucik.
Some of the boxers, notably local favourite Mason, have been to nationals. If he stays on track, Mason will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. The event takes place at the Swift Current Boxing Club ring at the mall. Doors open at 7 p.m., first bout begins at 7:30 p.m. It will likely last for about two hours with a short intermission in the middle. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, and can be
purchased at the door. The Swift Current Boxing Club and Boxing Saskatchewan will also offer an officials’ training clinic the afternoon before the card. Officials from Regina will teach the basics 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants who complete the course will be certified officials and able to officiate future boxing events in the community. Anyone interested in participating in the clinic should contact Kucik as soon as possible at 306-625-3916.
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