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Drumheller 2010 “Digging Canada” Parade results


  Congratulations to all the floats that took part in the 2010 Drumheller Parade and made Canada Day memorable for all.

    Cindy Clark, president of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Neuman, executive director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, selected the following Parade float winners:

    Commercial category:
    1st:  Hi-Way 9 Express Ltd.
    2nd: Riverside Value Drug Mart
    3rd: Walmart

    Antique category:
    1st: Classic Barns
    2nd: Homestead Museum
    3rd: Knox United Church

    Equestrian category:
    1st: Freson IGA
    2nd: Western Financial Group
    3rd: Golden Valley Equestrian Center

    Sports category:
    1st: Drumheller Gymnastics
    2nd: Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon
    3rd: Drumheller Dragons

    Youth category:
    1st: 4-H Club
    2nd: Drumheller Sea Cadets
    3rd: Kidztown

    Community category:
    1st: Freemasons
    2nd: Drumheller Area Health Foundation
    3rd: Calgary Stampede




Worldly gymnastics coach brings new form to Drumheller valley club


    Those of us looking to rid a spare tire will have a world-class gymnastics and fitness coach to work with come fall.
    Jakki Woywitka, 28, will be bringing a long resumé of experience to the gymnastics program of Drumheller Gymnastics Club when she arrives in September.
    “We are extremely excited,” says Cathy Smoliak past chair of the club. “She has a lot to offer to both the club and community.”
    Attaining her Bachelors of Sport Management from the University Canberra in Australia, the Vancouver Island native has over 12 years experience in sports management behind her.
    Woywitka holds Level 3 Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Coach certifications.
    She has coached and lived in five different countries, training with national team coaches from Russia and China, and trained others in Austria, Finland, Turkey, Mexico, and Australia.
    Woywitka worked with Gymnastics Canada and Alberta as a NCCP course facilitator. When a couple of coaches from Drumheller had said their head coach was leaving, she was invited to bring her expertise to Drumheller.
    What brings her from all over the world to Drumheller is the prospect of building a program from the ground up.
    “I’m really excited for the opportunity to take a club from where they are now to make it grow into something that will benefit the community,” Woywitka says.
    Woywitka will allow the club to offer new programs in gymnastics and general health and wellness that will begin in the fall.
    A new program the club hopes to bring is the training of other sports leagues, which is beginning with the skating clubs but ideas are in plan to expand to hockey.
    “Woywitka will be a huge asset to the club, allowing us to offer more programs and tackle a wider range of programs - from toddlers to adults,” says Smoliak.
    “Struggling students will have classes open to them to promote growth.”
    The new changes at the Drumheller Gymnastics Club will  begin to take effect this fall.
    “The training opportunities for all our current coaches will be greater because of her diverse  background, as well as being a facilitator for our gymnastics programs.”

Canadian Passion Play returns to Drumheller in July


    Every year the Canadian Passion Play undergoes minor “tweaking” to improve the already starkly authentic play that is set to continue its almost two decade run on the weekends of July 9 and 16.
    The Passion Play has made a number of physical changes to the grounds and infrastructure, as well as enhancements to the script and a number of scenes.
    “When you include Bill Hamm’s musical arrangements with the choir, it all adds up to what we believe will be our best Passion Play performance ever. Thankfully, amidst all of these changes, we’ve kept our core group of leading actors intact,” says artistict director Randall Wiebe.
    The actors playing Matthew (Saskatoon actor/playwright, Tim Hildebrand), Mary Magdalene (British/African actress Lennette Randall), and Jesus (Strathmore’s Stephen Waldschmidt) will be returning to play the lead trio.
    “Their performances and audience feedback were exceptional, so we decided to repeat it again this year,” says Wiebe. “Also returning for his third season as Jesus is Waldschmidt who has grown into his role with an understanding and passion that is a joy to watch.”
    The Passion Play is also welcoming David Snider back to their fold, who played Jesus in 2007. 
    “David who has played the lead role in several recent summer musicals at Rosebud Theatre will portray Sadduk, one of the top Pharisees in Jerusalem.  He will also be the understudy for both Jesus and Matthew. David is a consummate professional actor who makes us all better.”
    Wiebe says 2010 is a special year for Passion Plays, as many North Americans will be travelling to Oberammergau, Germany to see their version of the Passion Play, only performed every 10 years.
    “Many patrons tell us they have seen the Oberammergau version and they prefer ours,” says Wiebe, “because it is so authentic both visually and geographically.”
    Another change that may affect the way you buy tickets this year, is seating is now assigned. Tickets can be purchased allowing the audience to choose where they would like to sit.
    Tickets can be bought online at or by dialling 1-888-823-2001.
    The first weekend of shows starts on July 9 and 10 at 6:00 p.m., July 11 at 3:00 p.m., then the second weekend Friday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18 at 3:00 p.m.


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