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Cameron Courtoreille rolls over Tom Haight of Manitoba for the pin during their match at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Aug. 16. Courtoreille captured bronze on Sunday by beating Haight for a second time by pinfall. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Cameron Courtoreille pins down medal no. 6 at Western Canada Summer Games

The 10th and final day of the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Sunday saw Team NT pick up its sixth medal of the event. Cameron Courtoreille of Yellowknife was the final...
Nicolas Bennett of Yellowknife, left, Zachary Horton of Hay River, Bryce Smith of Hay River and Stryden Hult-Griffin of Inuvik captured a bronze medal for Team NT in the boys medley relay in track and field at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Alta., on Saturday. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Boys relay team wins track and field bronze at Western Canada Summer Games

Another day, another bronze medal for Team NT at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., this time on the track. The team of Nicolas Bennett of Yellowknife, Bryce Smith of Hay River,...

Medal no. 4 for Team NT at Western Canada Summer Games

Team NT's medal count at the Western Canada Summer Games is officially at four with the latest podium result coming in tennis. Ofira Duru and Monika Kunderlik, both from Yellowknife, snagged themselves a bronze medal...
Fiona Huang of Hay River, left, is neck-and-neck with Anok Tiordit of Alberta down the stretch in the heats of the girls 400-metre dash at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Thursday. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Close calls and court success on Thursday at Western Canada Summer Games

Thursday at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., featured plenty of almost and a dash of how-about-that. Track and field got underway on Thursday and it started off with a bang as...
Nick Rivet, second from left, walks on as part of the officiating crew prior to the start of action at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Aug. 10. Rivet became the first-ever NWT soccer referee to have an on-field role at the Games. photo courtesy of 2019 Western Canada Summer Games

Nick Rivet makes NWT soccer history at Western Canada Summer Games

Among all of the hustle and bustle of the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., it's easy to forget that there are officials who make sure the contests happen in a fair...
Kevin Santos goes in for a lay-up against Yukon during the round-robin match-up between the two teams at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., on Sunday. The boys took down Yukon again on Monday, this time to advance to the bronze medal game on Tuesday versus Manitoba.

Basketball teams fall short at Western Canada Summer Games

The last chances for a medal in phase of the Western Canada Summer Games have come and gone for Team NT. Both the boys and girls teams were on court Tuesday morning in the bronze...
Leo Konge, left, shows off his hardware - one gold and two bronze - that hes won at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., as coach Jane Mooney gives the thumbs-up. He won gold in the 50-metre butterfly on Sunday.

Leo Konge becomes golden boy at Western Canada Summer Games

Just when you thought Leo Konge's Western Canada Summer Games adventure couldn't get any better, it did on Sunday. Day 3 for Team NT at the Games in Swift Current, Sask., was a history-making one...

Leo Konge scores double bronze at Western Canada Summer Games

(Edit: beach volleyball scores updated) (Further edit: basketball scores updated) (Further edit: updated to reflect Leo Konge's second bronze medal, quotes from Konge and Jane Mooney and boys basketball score) Day 2 of the Western Canada Summer...
Naomi Yukon of Deline leads Team NT into the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony in Swift Current, Sask., on Friday evening.

Western Canada Summer Games get underway

The wait is over for Team NT and Team Nunavut. The territory's latest sporting venture is underway as the Western Canada Summer Games got underway in Swift Current, Sask., yesterday morning. Yesterday morning because it...
Ian McDonald of Iqaluit, right, will get the honour of carrying in the Nunavut flag at the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony in Swift Current, Sask., on Friday evening. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Iqaluit’s Ian McDonald named Nunavut flag bearer for Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony

Ian McDonald of Iqaluit is going to make history this weekend when he becomes one of the first four Nunavummiut to play in a competitive game of beach volleyball. Before that happens, McDonald got one...
Naomi Yukon was chosen to be the flag bearer for Team NT at the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony this evening in Swift Current, Sask. photo courtesy of Aaron Wells

Naomi Yukon marches them in at Western Canada Summer Games

When Team NT marches into the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremony this evening in Swift Current, Sask., they will do so under the lead of Naomi Yukon. Yukon, who plays with the girls basketball...

SPORTS TALK: Join me, won’t you, and help #BringBackTheDub

This will either make me some new friends or some new enemies. It could also have no effect on any of you at all. In any event, I'm starting the charge on this. With the...
Crystal Kisakye, seen during the Sherwood Park Track Classic in Alberta last month, is part of the track and field team competing at the Western Canada Summer Games, which get going on Friday. photo courtesy of Rob Hart

Countdown begins to start of 2019 Western Canada Summer Games for Team NT

In less than 72 hours, the territory's best and brightest young athletes will be donning the colours and hitting the playing field/court/sand/track in the latest adventure for Team NT. It's the Western Canada Summer Games...
The Amirco Barry Pickers finished in first place for the Midnight Sun Softball Tournament, after defeating the Native Yankees 6-1 on Aug. 5. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Amirco Barry Pickers finish first in Midnight Sun Softball Tournament

It was the Amirco Barry Pickers who came out on top of Inuvik’s 2019 Midnight Sun Softball Tournament, after defeating the two-time defending champions, the Native Yankees, 6-1 on Aug. 5. “That’s actually a low...

SPORTS TALK: Fill in the blanks: Don’t throw stones from ____ ____

Putt-putt in church? It's a thing. The Rochester Cathedral, which is part of the Church of England meaning it's an Anglican parish and the second-oldest in the country behind just Canterbury, has erected a nine-hole...
Jerry Wald of Fort Smith returns a forehand during action at the NWT Open tennis tournament in Yellowknife on July 28. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Three-peat joy for Jerry Wald in NWT Open

Your winner and still the NWT Open men's singles champion: Jerry Wald of Fort Smith. Wald made the trip to Yellowknife to once again defend the crown he's held since 2017 and he came out...
Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is joined by her dog and her child during a run along the ice road in February. She is currently hoping to raise $5,000 for youth-oriented programs in the North. photo courtesy of Stephanie Leduc

Inuvik RCMP officer runs to support youth programming

In an effort to provide more funding opportunities for youth-oriented programs across the North, avid runner and Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is looking to raise $5,000 before competing in a half-marathon later in...
The Home Building Centre Cardinals are your 2019 NWT Men's Fastpitch Championship winners after defeating the Fire Prevention Prospectors in the final in Fort Simpson on July 28. They are, front row from left, Matt Walker, Devin Case, Brady Daniels, Jaden Beck and John White; back row from left, Brian Couvrette, Mike Dove, Mike Auge, Alex Brockman, Devin Hinchey, Garrett Hinchey and Chris Cahoon. photo courtesy of Garrett Hinchey

Home Building Centre Cardinals tops again in men’s fastpitch

Editor's note: The story has been updated to correct that the Cardinals and Prospectors have won the last five tournaments between them and that Brady Daniels is also a member of the Trappers. The Fire...
Ayanna Darku dribbles the ball upfield during a mini-game as part of the Whitecaps FC Academy camp at William McDonald Field on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Whitecaps FC Academy camp has second go-round in Yellowknife

They said they would be back and they made good on that promise. The Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer made its return appearance in the capital this past weekend with the second Whitecaps FC...
Akpak Duval of Baker Lake demonstrates the one-foot high kick during Just Play Summer Sport Camp stop in Coral Harbour earlier this month. photo courtesy of Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut

Just Play Summer Sport Camp program wraps up pilot program

The Get Happy Summer Day Camp program, operated by the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN), is already an established part of its annual programming, now in its fifth year. Another component of that...
The top two teams from the RBC Scramble's NWT qualifier at the Yellowknife Golf Club are all smiles after clinching their places in the Northern Alberta qualifier in Red Deer, Alta., next month. They are, front row from left, Kyle Hallett, Curtis Sernoskie, Jake Roche and Damien Healy; back row from left, Andrew Hunter, Jony Bembridge, Drew Robertson and Ben Robertson. photo courtesy of Matthew Gray

Yellowknife Golf Club hosts inaugural RBC PGA Scramble qualification event

Scramble golf is one of the most popular formats going today at the Yellowknife Golf Club. But there's a national championship for scramble golf and two teams of four took the first step of hopefully...
The Western Canada Summer Games girls volleyball team wrapped up their time in Halifax at the Canada Cup this past Sunday, where they ended up 12 th overall in Division 2. They are, front row from left, head coach Darren Horn, Brianna Brenton, Ashley Matesic, Emily Carroll, Katie Genge, Jennifer Lalonde and assistant coach Reilly MacNeil; back row from left, assistant coach Mike Thompson, Tanisha Steinwand, Jackie Ramirez, Brianna Helyar, Allana Zettler, Kierra McDonald, Kyra McDonald and Katherine Smallwood. photo courtesy of Darren Horn

Western Canada Summer Games girls volleyball squad warms up at Canada Cup

The Canada Cup junior volleyball tournament had never had a team from North of 60 as part of its line-up. That is until the Western Canada Summer Games girls squad made an appearance this year...
Paul Reid lunges to dig a serve during the Western Canada Summer Games boys volleyball team's training camp at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Western Canada Summer Games boys squad finish first of two training camps ahead of...

Indoor volleyball is one of those sports where the NWT will play every other province and territory at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., next month. So it should come as no...
Water Smart coordinators Gabe Ferreira, left, and Jenika Kopala were in Inuvik on July 17 and 18, where they gave two sessions on water safety. Here they are pictured with Swim to Survive participants at the Midnight Sun Complex on July 18. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents pick up water safety skills

Thanks to a couple of lifesavers from the Lifesaving Society’s Alberta and NWT branch, a few residents in town are now equipped with swimming skills that they can use when they find themselves treading...
The Yellowknife Wolverines U14 girls team are all smiles after getting the chance to practice with members of the Canadian national women's softball team in Surrey, B.C., earlier this month. They are, in front, Raine Mingo; second row from left, Mackenzie Chiasson, Giselle Penney, Ellie Loutit, Ella Skauge and Keira Coakwell; third row from left, Kali Skauge, Amber Lennie-Ipana, Ellie Lucas, Adrianna Hendrick and Brooklyn Helyar; back row from left, Joey Lye, Jennifer Salling, Jennifer Gilbert and Victoria Hayward, all from the Canadian national team. photo courtesy of Heather Coakwell

Yellowknife Wolverines head south for softball

Raine Mingo called her recent trip to Surrey, B.C., the best one she's ever been on. If you got to do what she did, you wouldn't disagree with her. Mingo was one of 11 players with...
Canadian boxing great Donny Lalonde, right, was in the NWT earlier this month and made some time to drop by the NNSL offices to talk about anything and everything. Lalonde, who called Winnipeg home for a majority of his life growing up, even met a fellow former Winnipegger in Holly Yestrau, NNSL's front desk attendant. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Q and A with Canadian boxing legend Donny Lalonde

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length. It isn't every day a former world champion boxer strolls into the offices of NNSL but that's what happened last week. Donny Lalonde, “The Golden...
Brooke Harker, left, and Alex Godfrey were the men's singles finalists in the Yk Tennis Open at the Yellowknife Tennis Club earlier this month. Godfrey won that battle but they teamed up to win the men's doubles later in the tournament. photo courtesy of Tami Johnson

Yk Tennis Open crowns 2019 champs

If you can't beat them, join them. At least that's how it came down to the men's doubles champions of the Yk Tennis Open earlier this month at the Yellowknife Tennis Club. More on that...
Keenen Wolki goes up for a layup while defended by Douglas Keevik during a pickup game of basketball on June 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Keeping Inuvik’s basketball tradition alive

Clinton Gordon was 16-years-old when he was invited to come out and play in the Inuvik Men's Basketball Club in 1997, a group that was formed in the late 1980s at Samuel Hearne Secondary...
Hannah Courtoreille, seen during the NWT Track and Field Championships in Hay River last month, will be part of the track and field team heading to the Western Canada Summer Games next month. NNSL file photo

Athletics NWT names 24-person roster for Western Canada Summer Games

It will be the single-largest team making the trip to the Western Canada Summer Games and the goal is to simply be the best in the NWT. A total of 24 athletes from around the...
Team North boys goaltender Liam Tereposky gets the poke-check ready during action at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse this past May. The future of Team North is up in the air after the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT announced earlier this month that it would no longer foot the bill for the program. Laisa Kilabuk/Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT photo

Future of Team North at National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in doubt

The 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) will happen next May in Regina, of that there is no doubt. What is in doubt is whether Team North will be a part of it. The Aboriginal Sports...

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