Swift Current has not quite recovered from hosting the world. You can still hear it in people's voices as they share stories and memories of the unforgettable 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships.
The community should still be bursting with pride with the accomplishment of putting on a nine-day event that will not soon be forgotten. The way Swift Current rallied together to put on this major sporing event put the city back on the map for the right reasons. We showed curling fans how the community can work together for a common goal, and that we can throw a party unrivaled by any community in Canada.
The curlers also take with them some lasting memories of their time in Swift Current.
Canadian skip Jennifer Jones always had a kind word about her time in the city. After winning the world bronze medal game, she told the media "We wanted to come out here and have fun and enjoy the atmosphere. Swift Current was amazing and to have one more game on the ice in front of the crowd was great. We are pretty happy to be on the podium, third in the world is not so bad.”
World champion skip Andrea Schopp was also all smiles in recalling her time in Swift Current, but the avid cyclist had a few different memories.
When I had a chance to ask her about her nicest memory of Swift Current, two thoughts came to mind.
“What I definitely will remember are the little animals (gophers) passing all the time when I’m biking.”
“What I really like here are the people. Today when I did my bike ride, every car was making noise or waving. Even when the light was red, they let me go over. So it’s really nice here.”