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Arctic Winter Games

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

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...

AWG PREVIEW: Let the 2018 Arctic Winter Games begin!

Wow. By the time you are reading this in News/North, the Opening Ceremonies will already be over, the torch will be lit, and the 25th Arctic Winter Games will be underway in Fort Smith and in Hay River. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our guests from Greenland, Alaska, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta...

T-minus 48 hours and counting

“It’s coming together nicely.” Those were the words of Greg Rowe, president of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games host society on Wednesday. The curtain is about to rise on the big show on Sunday with the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. at the new Hay River Arena, which opened for business officially this past Tuesday....

Let the Games begin – finally

Wow. As you are reading this, the opening ceremonies will be a mere 48 hours away, which will signify the 25th Arctic Winter Games getting underway in Fort Smith and in Hay River. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our guests from Greenland, Alaska, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta North, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Yamal...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

AWG PREVIEW: Cultural events on tap at AWG

Did you know that the three interlocking rings in the AWG logo symbolize athletic competition, social exchange, and cultural exhibition? I’ve talked a lot about the different sports you’ll get to see during the Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith and in Hay River (in less than a month now!) and so this week, I...

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...

Team NT has a uniform

Team NT now has something to march out in for the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River on March 18. The team uniform was officially unveiled at a launch party in Yellowknife on Feb. 20. The day included speeches from Caroline Cochrane, minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, representatives from...

Get your AWG tickets Friday

Guess what? Tickets will soon be on sale online for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies, along with the cultural gala performance! The opening ceremony, sponsored by Northwestel, will take place March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hay River Recreation Centre. The one-hour show will launch and celebrate the 25th anniversary...

Less than one month to go for AWG

As of today, we are less than one month away from the start of the Arctic Winter Games. And Todd Shafer, the Games’ general manager, is a confident man. The only things left to do leading up to the opening ceremonies on March 18 are tying up the loose ends. “It’s mostly nailing down details...

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...

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...

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...

Free entry for AWG sports

Anyone wishing to see some of the sports at next month’s Arctic Winter Games will be able to do so for free. “All entrance to the games and playoffs will be free of charge, first come, first serve,” said Greg Rowe, the president of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. “When we...

AWG Preview: a look at Arctic sports

I’m sure I could write an entire column on things that make the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) special, but this week I want to focus on a few of the special sports that we feature. As the Games take place in the Circumpolar North, we honour the sporting history of our areas by including Arctic...

The AWG rosters are set

And with that, the 2018 Arctic Winter Games trials are over. The second batch of territorial trials wrapped up this past Saturday with nine more sports finalizing their rosters for the big show in March in the South Slave. Yellowknife hosted three sports including wrestling at Mildred Hall School, speedskating at the Multiplex and badminton...

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....

AWG Host Society gets another Chase the Ace

The Town of Hay River has awarded a licence for the next Chase the Ace, and it goes once again to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. It had the licence for the last Chase the Ace, which concluded in December. “At the end of the day, we only had one qualified...

AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure

Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work. A call for performers on the AWG website stated they were looking for singers, musicians, instrumental performers, and storytellers to perform for 30-40 minutes, but they would not be paid for their services in money, only “exposure.” The post also...

Hay River athletes earn spots at AWG

A number of athletes from Hay River earned their way to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games at territorial trials which wrapped up Dec. 9 in Yellowknife and Fort Smith. According to information from Sport North, they include:  Tyrell Wilgosh and Zackary Horton, midget male hockey; Layne Leonard, Abby Webster and Bryn Hill, junior...

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...