Thank you to Danielle Moore for the following report about the Annual Soccerfest held in Fort Qu’Appelle:
The Annual Qu’Appelle Valley Soccer Association Soccerfest was held in Fort Qu’Appelle on June 21 & 22nd. The Qu’Appelle Valley Soccer Association (QVSA) includes teams from Raymore, Southey, Cupar, Fort Qu’Appelle, Kelliher, Balcarres, Lemberg, Cowessess First Nation and Indian Head. In addition, athletes travel from neighboring communities such as Foam Lake, West Bend, Quinton, Punnichy, Muskowekwan F.N., Gordons F.N., Kawacatoose F.N., Ituna, Lipton, Leross, Lestock, Dysart, Abernethy, Pasqua F.N., Standing Buffalo F.N., Lebret, and the File Hills First Nations. Athletes take part in a seven week program organized by volunteers. This year the QVSA registered 749 players ages 4 to 19. This is almost 150 more players than last season. QVSA had 39 teams and 64 coaches registered. For the past couple of years the U5 teams focused on learning the basic skills and did not have regular league games. The U7, and U9 teams played some great games in the rain at Soccerfest. All participants in those age groups went home with treats and medals. The U12, U15 and U19 teams were involved in a competitive tournament to end the season. They had to play hard to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. Many games were extremely close and some ended in lengthy shoot-outs after a tie game! Even though the weekend was plagued with rain, all games were completed.
With assistance from the Town of Fort Qu’Appelle and many many hours of work from a crew of local volunteers, 7 fields were prepared for the event. The QVSA Coordinator Cory Cochrane once again ensured that the weekend went smoothly. He took care of every detail. This weekend was also a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our amazing coaches, referees and linesmen.
Once again, as in the last several years, Dairy Queen in Fort Qu’Appelle was a major sponsor of this event. They donated a FREE mini-blizzard for all participants. The QVSA and the clubs involved also received grants from the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and Sask Lotteries.
An event of this magnitude could not be possible without the support and involvement of dedicated volunteers in many roles. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. Soccerfest is a tremendously successful event that players look forward to every year. Even those teams who did not go home with medals had incredibly exciting games and everyone should feel proud of their efforts.
Thank you to the Davidson Leader publication on June 24th for their report about the Archaeo-Caravan that visited the Davidson Elementary School:
Congratulations to Elstow’s Payne Wiley, who has been selected to represent
@TeamCanada at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships! Payne earned 3 medals for #TeamSask at the 2017 @CanadaGames and will compete in the 110mH in Costa Rica. Payne also competed for Team @Prairie_Central at the 2016 #SaskatchewanGames in Estevan, where he won 5 medals. Rylan is the recipient of the Sask Sport Inc. May Athlete of the Month Award. He was nominated by Dive Saskatchewan. Read the Media Release from Sask Sport Inc.
Congratulations to the 2019 Saskatchewan Craft Council Dimensions Awards Winners. Visit the SCC website to find out the winners. Congratulations to all who took home an award.
Special thanks to The Watrous Manitou News publication on May 20th for recognizing our Volunteer Recognition Program recipients from Manitou Beach, Pat Weichel and Elaine Muzichuk, along with our Community Consultant, Bonnie Wohlberg. The second article also expands the contributions Pat and Elaine have made as volunteers at Manitou Beach. Thank you Elaine and Pat!
Sask Book Awards
Congratulations to Carol Daniels GoldenEagle from Regina Beach for winning a Sask Book award at the Annual gala in Regina on April 27th. Carol won an award for her book “Peau d’ours’ (French translation of Bearskin Diaries).
Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee
Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee met at a retreat at Wanuskewin Heritage Park to discuss next steps for Reconciliation, education and building relationships. Bonnie Wohlberg, Community Consultant with the Prairie Central District was in attendance.
“Relationships that have been established as a result of this committee have been outstanding and have allowed us to identify reconciliation champions we can rely on,” says Robin Bendig, program coordinator at Great Plains College and co-chair of the committee.
“It is amazing what a passionate group can accomplish when they come together and have support from organizations such as Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation,” Bendig said. Read more.
Accolades to the following members of the Prairie Central District upon receiving the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals
- Ben Buhler, Osler
- Edna Poncelet, Grandora
- Alvin Hingley, Humboldt
- Robert Dumur, Fort Qu’Appelle, 2017 recipient
These were presented by Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy at the Hotel Saskatchewan on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Read more.
Congratulations to Ted Rowan of Martensville ….
- Won two gold medals (decathlon and triple jump) and two silvers (high jump and long jump) in the 85-89 masters age category at the World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which drew competition from 196 countries. He set a world record in the decathlon and Canadian records in the long jump, 80 m hurdles and discus at the event.
- Won four gold medals at the Canadian Master’s Track and Field Championships, with wins in pentathlon masters (85-89), 100 m masters (80-99), pole vault masters (85-89) and javelin throw masters (85-89). He set a world record in the pentathlon with the finish, and Canadian records in the pole vault, 100 m and javelin.
- Won two bronze medals in the masters’ 85-89 category in long jump and shotput, as well as 6th in discus and javelin at the Saskatchewan Athletics Provincial Championships.
AND Congratulations to Richard Smith of Fort Qu’Appelle …
Since 2003, when he started rating courses, Smith has been a dedicated Golf Saskatchewan volunteer. In that time, he has sat on the organization’s board of directors and served on various committees, including programs and member services, course rating, handicap and executive. In 2014-15, Smith served as the President of Golf Saskatchewan and in 2018 he was recognized with the organization’s Long-Term and Exemplary Volunteer Service Award. In addition to his provincial service, Smith has taken on several roles with Golf Canada and currently serves as the chair of the organization’s course rating and handicap committee. Smith has also contributed to national and international golf events within the province, most recently volunteering at the LPGA’s CP Women’s Open in Regina.
Prairie Central District extends congratulations to all the 2018 Sask Sports Awards Recipients which are listed here.
Accolades to our Prairie Central Board Member, Angela Reddekopp for being named Sask in Motion Guest Curator. Referring to the Sask in Motion website: “Angela Reddekopp is the Recreation Program Supervisor for the City of Martensville. She thrives on getting her community active through various activities and events. She has a passion for the outdoors and loves to travel. When she’s not trying to keep Martensville moving she stays busy with her twin boys and husband who always keep her on her toes. Angela has worked for the City since 2010 and continues to see the value of an active, in motion community, family, and life!! Here’s where you can find Angela: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Martensville-Recreation-232336160446760/ Website: http://www.martensville.ca/
Congratulations to local swimmer Tia Zimmerman from Englefeld for winning a gold medal at the special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE competing in the 4×50 Freestyle Relay. The race was the final event for the 17-year-old Zimmerman who picked up a bronze medal the day prior in the 800m Freestyle. Tia also placed fourth in the 3rd event that she participated in which was the 400m, freestyle. More information can be found here.
We’re very proud of you Tia. Tia was on the Prairie Central District 2016 Sask Summer Games swim team and 2018 PCD Sask Winter Games bowling team.
By the Book – Congratulations to the local book artists who have their work on display until the end of April at the Main Branch of Regina Public Library (downtown). Included in the display are works by Martha Cole, Barbara Mader, Rosemarie Schumann along with others who have taken programming with Lumsden and District Arts Council.
“Thanks to our subscribers for reading and responding to our emails, we were just named a Constant Contact All Star for 2018.”
Congratulations to the LBMHA for a successful Rural Female Festival. Check out the follow up report from their Chair, Mandi Flichel:
Congratulations to Celina Quewezanze who received a $5000 Indigenous/Metis Art Grant. The following is an excerpt from the February 11th edition of the Wadena News.
Congratulations to Calvin Bruneau, City of Warman and Lawrence Dunne, City of Humboldt who were among those that received Meritorious Service Awards for their long-standing municipal service and commitment to quality of life across Saskatchewan. This was part of the Recreation Sector that was recognized at SUMA 2019.