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Coverage of the Arctic Winter Games 2018 from Hay River/Fort Smith

Junior girls golden again at AWG

by Dylan Short The NWT is on top once again in women’s futsal after the territory won the gold medal final of the junior category at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Team NT’s girls team saw seven out of a possible nine players returning to play from the juvenile team that won gold two years...

‘You could say he was The Hockey Dad’

by Cody Punter Heading into the semifinals on March 22, the Northwest Territories’ Arctic Winter Games female hockey team had their eye on repeating their gold performance from the Games in Nuuk. While defending their title was important to the players, they have also been focused on rallying behind teammate Regan Bulger, whose dad Carl...

Recreation centre a showcase for community

It was a low-key opening for a building that has been awaited by the community since the summer of 2016, when demolition began on the town’s old rec centre. Hay River’s new recreation centre opened on March 13 with no ceremony, just an open house which allowed visitors a look around the facility. Mayor Brad...

Mackenzie Valley Highway project gets $102M federal investment

The Mackenzie Valley Highway project will see an investment of $102.5-million from the federal government and another $37.5-million from the GNWT, for a total investment of $140-million. “It marks a major milestone towards a long promised dream of a highway through the Northwest Territories,” said  morning announcement. Avery Zingel/NNSL photo The funding will support the...

EDITORIAL: Numbers don’t lie

Now that the Arctic Winter Games are over, there will naturally be a time of reflection. Some people will marvel that Hay River and Fort Smith actually managed to do something that might have seemed beyond its capacity. The organizers’ audacity in thinking the region could do it was impressive. Actually doing it goes way...

AWG releases theme song

An official theme song has been released for the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. The song, called Be The Ones, was released on March 6. It was co-written and recorded by multiple Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Serena Ryder of Ontario. The song was co-written by Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composer Stephan Moccio, who co-produced the song...

International media descend for AWG

There’s really no way to know for sure, but the 2018 Arctic Winter Games may have just been one of the biggest media events ever in the South Slave. There were 58 accredited members of the media covering the games in Hay River and Fort Smith. They came from everywhere that sent teams – Alaska,...

NWT claims midget boys hockey gold ulu at AWG

For most of the Northwest Territories midget boys hockey team, this was a chance at redemption from two years ago when they were bantams. They lost the gold ulu game in 2016 but this time, it’s the colour they wanted. Team NT knocked off Nunavut in another exciting finish, 2-1, on Friday night in Hay...

KFN gets federal funding for Arctic Winter Games

K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) on the Hay River Reserve has received federal government funding to help host part of the Arctic Winter Games. On March 16, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced funding of $177,206 and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provided $44,301 to help the First Nation provide a professional hosting...

Team NT keeps the wins coming

It’s been a profitable week in the ulu department for Team NT at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. As of press time, the territory’s best and brightest had collected 44 ulus across all sports and there is sure to be more to come. The haul includes 10 gold ulus with a podium topper coming courtesy...

HUB NEWS BRIEFS: Still no date for rec centre

No date yet set for rec centre opening As of late last week, no date had been set for the opening of the new rec centre. “So we don’t have a set date for opening, but we will definitely be ready for Arctic Winter Games,” said Ruth Boden, the acting senior administrative officer with the...

EDITORIAL: Time to pull together for Games

The days remaining to the Arctic Winter Games in the South Slave seem to be counting down faster than the number of volunteers is ticking upwards. As of Feb. 9, the number of volunteers stood at 1,211, while the games are now just a little more than a month away. The number of volunteers is...

Team NT hits highs at AWG

You had to know that on home soil, Team NT would come ready to be at the top as many times as possible. The team was just that as the 2018 Arctic Winter Games came to an end on Saturday with the closing ceremonies at the Hay River Rec Centre. As of March 23 press...

Less than a week to go to the games

So what’s a chef de mission to do when you’re six days out from the start of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games? You simply tie up the loose ends. That’s what Doug Rentmeister, Team NT’s man in charge, is doing as the start of the biggest show in the Arctic gets set to go with...

Vying for the AWG

Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat had 16 participants among the 39 athletes from nine Nunavut communities which took part in the Arctic sports territorial trials in Coral Harbour Aug. 18-20 . The trials were the beginning of team building for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG). The trials were dear to the heart of...

Hay River ready for Arctic Winter Games 2018

After years of planning, organizers are ready for the start of the South Slave Arctic Winter Games in Hay River and Fort Smith – now just days away. “It’s long days and lots of action, lots of activity, but it’s exciting because you’re seeing the fruits of the labour happening,” said Todd Shafer, the general...

NWT wins bantam boys gold in AWG hockey thriller

In his own words, Alex Cordero of the Northwest Territories had a bad bantam boys hockey gold ulu game and probably shouldn’t have been on the ice late in the dying seconds. Good thing he was because he ended up becoming a hero. Cordero scored the winning goal to help Team NT to a 4-3...

International president calls AWG a success

Not all opinions of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games carry the same weight. The most important opinion probably rests with Jens Brinch, president of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, who liked a lot about the games, but has concerns about transportation issues. Brinch said the games were a success, based on a good sports...

AWG organizers not worried about tight timeline for rec centre rebuild

The host society for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games (AWG) is not worried that Hay River’s new Rec Centre won’t be opening until mid-February – just a month before the start of the international sporting event in the South Slave. “That still gives us enough time,” said Todd Shafer, the general manager of the games....

Hay River rec centre ready to go

Town council announced last week that the long-awaited new recreation centre would open to the public on March 13. “On behalf of council and the Town of Hay River, we are pleased to announce the Recreation Centre will be open on Tuesday, March 13, at 5 p.m.,” stated the March 9 announcement signed by Mayor...

AWG Igloo takes beating from sun

A Hay River woman had to battle the elements – specifically unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine – to preserve an igloo she built as a personal project for the Arctic Winter Games. And as of late last week, it looked like Teira Arnault had won the battle, even though the igloo took a bit of...

Hay River mayor says opening of new rec centre is close

Mayor Brad Mapes says the new rec centre will soon be open, although he is not giving any target date. “It’s close,” he said on March 2. “It’s just any day right now. It could be any day.” Mapes said there’s not much more that he can say other that it’s close. However, he did...

Team NT hard at it

Who would have thought that a little sporting competition that began in 1970 would turn into one of the largest multi-sport events in the world? 2018 marks the 25th hosting of the Arctic Winter Games and it all got underway on Monday in Hay River with the opening ceremonies. The honour of carrying the NWT...

Health centre gears up for AWG influx

A medical plan has been created to deal with the influx of participants into Hay River next month for the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. Erin Griffiths, the CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, updated town council on the planning on Jan. 30. A larger than normal number of physicians...

COLUMN: Tarnishing shine of AWG success

Back on Sept. 4 of 2017, I wrote an opinion piece (It’s gotta be the shoes) lamenting my frustrations over dealing with the Government of Nunavut (GN). I had gone through a frustrating three days of asking Kyle Seeley of the GN’s Sport and Recreation Division in Baker Lake if he could get permission from...

AWG licence plates attract attention

The most unique and sought-after souvenirs of the South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG) might be – perhaps surprisingly – licence plates. But they are not just any old licence plates. They are the iconic NWT plates in the shape of a polar bear, but containing the letters AWG and numbers ranging from one to...
Team NT's archery team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games is all set to go following the trials at Sir John Franklin Gymnasium on Saturday. They are, from left, Carson Roche of Archery NT, coach Cynthia White (Fort Smith), Fergus Rutherford-Simon (Fort Smith), Tayla Minute (Fort Smith), Katie Genge, Bailey Johnston and coach Eugene Roche. Photo courtesy of Beth Hudson.

Team NT’s archery squad selected for 2019 Canada Winter Games

A new lineup will grace the walk-on for Team NT at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and it will be an historic team at that. For the first time ever, the territory will be sending an archery team and that squad was selected on Saturday following the trials at Sir John...

Games come to a close in Hay River

The Arctic Winter Games have come and gone in the South Slave. The closing ceremonies for the 2018 edition of the circumpolar sporting event were held on March 24 in Hay River’s brand-new recreation centre, where the games had been officially opened on March 18. “What a great week,” Greg Rowe, president of the 2018...

Culture part of games showcase

The Arctic Winter Games is more than sports. It is also an opportunity to promote and share the cultures of the circumpolar world. And the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games is no different. There are many cultural aspects to this year’s games. For example, a South Slave Arctic Winter Games Marketplace will be held...

AWG says more the merrier

With just over a month to go to the opening of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games, the number of volunteers has not hit the target set by the host society. However, organizers are not worried. The target is still 1,500 volunteers, said Kevin Hurley, the volunteer co-ordinator with the host society for the...