March 4, 2019
Seeing an opportunity for an off-season sports training centre focused on baseball, Kyle and Taylor Swannack combed Medicine Hat’s real estate listings for a building to suit their new venture.
Kyle Swannack arrived in Medicine Hat in 2014 to join the Western Major Baseball League’s (WMBL) Medicine Hat Mavericks coaching staff after earning a master’s degree in sports psychology from Washington State University. He was part of the Medicine Hat Mavericks coaching staff in 2014, 2015 and 2017, helping the team win a title in his first year. His experience with the Mavericks and Southern Alberta’s baseball community formed a solid foundation in establishing a baseball-focused sports training centre in Canada’s sunniest city.
Kyle and Taylor found a 6,000 square foot building in Medicine Hat’s Southwest Industrial node. Situated among welding shops, building supplies stores, a gym and brewery, it would suit their needs to a tee.
“It was the ideal start-up size,” says Taylor Swannack, co-owner of Swanny’s. “We could see the building had the potential to become a training centre without costing an arm and a leg.”
Together with friends and family, the Swannacks renovated the building’s 3,600 square foot shop to make room for a physical training area. A wall was demolished, the cement floor was leveled and they installed artificial turf. They hung netting and built portable home plates, setting up the space for indoor batting cages.
With 300 baseballs and a pitching machine ready to go, the Swannacks opened Swanny’s Baseball and Training in January 2019. The sports facility hosts off-season training camps, including the mental and physical aspects of training. Swanny’s also hosts open practice, batting cages, and rentals.
“Having access to similar types of facilities allowed me to train and be a better athlete overall,” says Kyle Swannack, co-owner and coach at Swanny’s. “This helped to me in pursuing my baseball career and I want to bring similar facilities to Medicine Hat’s athletes.”
Medicine Hat is a community of 63,260 residents located in the southeast corner of Alberta. It has the lowest combined tax rate in Canada, the lowest utility rates in Alberta, and an enviable climate with hot, dry summers and short, mild winters.
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