Nunavut finally hit the win column officially at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., as the rink from the Iqaluit Curling Club defeated Quebec on Saturday by a score of 4-3. The smiling ladies are, from left, Megan Ingram, Jenine Bodner, Jennifer Blaney, Alison Griffin, Sadie Pinksen and coach Susanne Martin. photo courtesy of Curling Canada

Nunavut wins historic first game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It wasn't a question of if but more a question of when Nunavut would finally be able to raise their arms in official victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We now know when –...
The table tennis team of Gracie Brennan, left, Nikhilesh Gohil, Conner McKay-Ivanko, David Dragon, Monika Kunderlik and Shannan Bonnetrouge gave Team NT its first win of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Saturday. The boys team of Gohil, McKay-Ivanko and Dragon won their opening encounter over Yukon by a score of 3-1 in matches. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Team NT table tennis boys get off on right foot at Canada Winter Games

For a team that was simply hoping to score a few points here and there at the Canada Winter Games, this result must have felt like a lump of gold. The boys table tennis squad...
Andrew Carr (39) looks to win a face off against Team Nunavut's Chase Herron during the Arctic Showcase tournament at the Yk Community Arena last month. Carr will be part of the boys team that will suit up for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. NNSL file photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 2

Here are the teams and athletes in action on Saturday for Team NT and Team Nunavut on Day 2 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. It will be the first official...
Max Joy of Iqaluit was Nunavut's choice to carry in the territory's flag during the opening ceremony for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. photo courtesy of Team Nunavut

Max Joy “grateful and excited” to carry Nunavut flag for Canada Winter Games opening...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are officially underway in Red Deer, Alta., with the opening ceremony having taken place the evening of Feb. 15. Nunavut joined in with the 12 other provinces and territories in...
Eight members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society will be on their way to Melbourne, Australia next month to take part in the inaugural Chan Hun International Taewkondo Federation World Championships as part of Team Canada. They include, from left, coach Matthew Smallacombe, Nicholas McDermott, Jennifer Ellsworth, Daniella Calamayan, Catriona Popoff, Christopher Gerlach and Curtis Lu, who was in Iqaluit for a training session late last month. Missing from the photo are Alex McDermott and Eileen Duffy. photo courtesy of Maryse Mahy

Iqaluit Taekwondo Society heading down under

If you've been following the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society's exploits in recent years, you will know that whenever they travel to events, good things usually happen in terms of medals. Its next trip, though, is the...
Nunavut's Youth Ambassador Program will be on the ground at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., to help out with activities during week two. They are, from left, Matthew Ford-Rogers of Rankin Inlet, Tanya Tugak of Rankin Inlet, Donald Mullins of Chesterfield Inlet, Shaun Nauyuk of Iqaluit, Katrina Anderson of Rankin Inlet, Sylvia Kablutsiak of Arviat, Melanie Qaqqasiq of Naujaat, Jewel Kuksuk of Arviat and Carla Kaayak of Baker Lake. Missing from the photo is Alesha Tiglik of Iqaluit. photo courtesy of Alison Griffin

The other Nunavut team at the Canada Winter Games

Nunavut will be sending athletes for weeks one and two of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. The week two contingent, though, will have one group of members that will be doing something...
The Yk Women's Hockey League snagged the top two spots at the Hazardous Women's Hockey Tournament in Hay River this past weekend with Yk White beating Yk Blue in the final. They are, in front, Aurora and Peyton Kotokak; middle row from left, Maureen Hans, Jenna Blanchard, Jennifer Ryden, Melanie Parker, Allison Kincaid, Kate Gamble, Karen Brown, Tehnille Gard, Jeanne Yurris and Janna Graham; back row from left, Kim Bergman, Martha Goodman, Alison Harrower, Chloe Dragon-Smith, Donna Bee, Caitlyn Thompson, Contessa Stead, Heather Cane, Heather Atkins-Desjarlais, Jill Alain, Liz King, Nicole Henkel, Laura Krutko and Tracy Mifflin. Missing from photo is Keri-Ann Loutit. photo courtesy of Jen Ryden

One-two finish for Yellowknife at Hazardous Women’s Hockey Tournament in Hay River

One of the bigger women's hockey tournaments in the NWT made a long-awaited return this past weekend but there was a good reason for why it went away. There was no arena to play in. The...
Mali Straker looks to get by a defender from Calgary's Centennial High School during action in the Centennial Howler Tournament in Calgary on Feb. 8. photo courtesy of Benji Straker

Deton Cho Eagles finish Calgary tournament on winning note

There's no better motivation for a team to win a game than losing a game you should have won before. That's what the Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball did at the Centennial Howler...

Yellowknife’s Own Lot in Life

Oh, so that’s what improvements look like. I recall my first memorable view of the downtown 50/50 intersection when I was here for a brief visit in 1992. There was a fenced off hole in...
The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich'in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year's tournament, improving...
Titan Klengenberg of Mildred Hall School takes flight on his way to winning the senior one-foot high kick during Yellowknife Catholic Schools' Regional Youth Traditional Games Tournament at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Yellowknife Catholic Schools’ Regional Youth Traditional Games Tournament features big turnout

The annual Traditional Games Championships don't get going until tomorrow evening but some athletes got themselves a good head start this past weekend. Weledeh and St. Pat's Gymnasiums hosted the annual Yellowknife Catholic Schools' Regional...
Jamie Koe delivers his first stone of the sixth end during the deciding contest of the NWT Men's Curling Championship at the Yellowknife Curling Centre on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Jamie Koe Brandon-bound after winning NWT Men’s Curling Championship

It's lucky no. 13 for Jamie Koe in terms of Tim Hortons Brier appearances and he will get to do it this year with a brand new rink. Koe and his new-look team of David...
The players from the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewee development team and California Wave gather together for the customary group shot following their joint game at the Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Tournament in Vernon, B.C., on Feb. 10. Both teams split their players into two new outfits with new names after the Wave had to send players back home for a playoff game. photo courtesy of Darren Wicks

A fun finish for Wolfpack peewees at B.C. tournament

For the second year running, the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewee development team was in Vernon, B.C., for the annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Tournament, one of the most exclusive tournaments in western Canada. Just...

Brendan Green retires from competitive biathlon

Hay River's favourite biathlon son has called it a career. Brendan Green officially retired following the men's 4 x 7.5-km relay event at the World Cup stop in Canmore, Alta., on Friday. The team finished...
Dylan Cummings of Hak's Autobody bends the shaft on a wrist shot during action in the Chris Bergman Memorial Tournament at the Multiplex on Feb. 2. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Hak’s Autobody wins bantam division in Chris Bergman Memorial Tournament; Fort Smith wins atom...

The minor hockey tournament season is done in Yellowknife for another year but not without some exciting finishes. The Chris Bergman Memorial Tournament wrapped up this past Sunday with the Timbits, initiation, atom and bantam...
Talynn Sundberg of Dettah, left, and Cameron Martin of Dettah (in black jerseys) pay attention to coach Brad Mueller during a drill as part of the Air Tindi Cup in Behchoko on Jan. 25. photo courtesy of Mike Yakabuski

Dettah travels to Air Tindi Cup hockey tournament for first time

2019 was the fourth anniversary of the Air Tindi Cup minor hockey tournament and camp in Behchoko and this year saw some new faces hit the ice at the Ko Gon Cho Recreation Complex...
Tyler Bain, 5, of Team NT aims his shot during a game at the second annual Rockstar Festival, which was hosted by the Inuvik Curling Club on Feb. 3 at the Midnight Sun Complex in Inuvik. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth get their curl on

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Rockstar Festival for junior curlers at the Midnight Sun Complex on Feb. 3, with youth from the ages of five to nine competing for a trophy...
Grace Twa shows off her gold medal at the finish line after winning her age group at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon on Hawai'i late last month. photo courtesy of Colin Charlton

Grace Twa wins 14 and Under 10K race at Maui Oceanfront Marathon on Hawai’i

If you know Grace Twa, you know she's quite the athlete. She was part of the winning rink at the NWT Junior Curling Championships in Inuvik this past December but she's also quite the runner...
Nakehko Lamothe, seen in action with MacEwan University's men's hockey team in January, died after collapsing in the locker room and going into cardiac arrest following a game against the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary on Jan. 25. Matthew Jacula/MacEwan Athletics photo

Nakehko Lamothe remembered as role model, great teammate

Nakehko Lamothe is being remembered as someone who was a tremendous teammate and a role model both on and off the ice. Lamothe, who played with the MacEwan Griffins men's hockey team in Edmonton, died...
Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay tries to get in a fireman's carry on Joel Netser of Iqaluit during the Nunavut Wrestling Championships in Pangnirtung on Jan. 27. photo courtesy of David Kilabuk

Pangnirtung wins overall title at Nunavut Wrestling Championships; Western Canada Summer Games team also...

There's nothing like home mat advantage, if you will, when it comes to wrestling and Pangnirtung's finest showed that late last month. The Nunavut Wrestling Championships were held in the community on Jan. 27 and...
Victoria Hamm is all smiles after winning a bronze medal in the pre-novice girls division of the Peace Region STARSkate Invitational in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Jan. 27. Hamm is the lone figure skater competing for Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. photo courtesy of Brenda Dalton

Victoria Hamm takes on country as lone NWT figure skater for Canada Winter Games

You would think the pressure would be on Victoria Hamm to succeed at the Canada Winter Games. After all, she is the only figure skater from the territory that will hit the ice to take...
Andrew Carr (39) looks to win a face off against Team Nunavut's Chase Herron during the Arctic Showcase tournament at the Yk Community Arena last month. Carr will be part of the boys team that will suit up for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. NNSL file photo

Fewer mistakes, more chances to win for Canada Winter Games hockey teams

Mistakes are bound to happen in any sporting contest, no matter what it is. The job is to try and limit them. That's what both of Team NT's hockey teams will be looking to do when...
Ella Kokelj, seen racing in the Alberta Cup event in Canmore, Alta., last November, will be part of the girls cross-country ski team heading to the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. photo courtesy of Mike Argue

Canada Winter Games cross-country ski team hoping experience of four years ago will come...

One thing the Canada Winter Games cross-country ski team will be short on is experience. They'll need it when the sport takes place in Red Deer, Alta., during week two of the Games. Team NT's squad...

Time to re-hash an old idea – promotion and relegation at the Canada Games

So I had a thought while writing the story about the Canada Winter Games boys and girls hockey teams. I know – stop thinking, James, because you'll only hurt the team. Seriously, though ... there's...
Haley Cassie of Norman Wells bounds over a mat set up to resemble a hurdle as part of an exercise during Athletics NWT's winter camp in Yellowknife on Jan. 20. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Athletics NWT starts its preparation for 2019 Western Canada Summer Games

The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., are less than a month away. While all of the attention has been on that, it's easy to forget that another major games event is happening...
The first team of people that will be working with the NU Multi Sport Camp's pilot project next month was in Toronto earlier this month to get their training at Humber College. They are, front row from left, Jon Voisey of Whale Cove, Emily-Ann Niego of Iqaluit, Alayna Ningeongan of Rankin Inlet, Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq and Sebastian Saviakjuk of Coral Harbour; back row from left, Josh Faul (Humber College), Mike Mathews (Humber College), Akpak Duval of Baker Lake, Anthony Green (Humber College) and Isaac Floey (Humber College). photo courtesy of Dawn Currie

NU Multi Sport Camp trains first group of people to travel to Cambridge Bay...

School will be out from Feb. 18 to 22 in the territory, meaning youth will be looking for something to do. They won't have that problem in Cambridge Bay and Sanikiluaq as the Recreation and...
Carter Robertson, right, gets set to return a forehand as Colton Tumoth waits for the shot during action in the NWT Junior Squash Championships at the Racquet Club on Sunday. photo courtesy of Jeff Hipfner

NWT Junior Squash Championships see 21 players from Yellowknife and Fort Smith

As the Canada Winter Games squash team prepares for battle next month, the next crop of players coming down the pipe were doing their thing at the Racquet Club. The club played host to the...

Recreation training comes to Inuvik

A territory-wide recreation training program made its first stop in Inuvik on Monday. The Recreation North Training Program is put on by Recreation North, which is a partnership between the three territorial recreation and parks...
Hannah Courtoreille does a side-straddle over a mat as part of an exercise during Athletics NWT's winter camp at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Athletics NWT starts its march toward Western Canada Summer Games

With all the sports talk surrounding the 2019 Canada Winter Games next month, it’s easy to forget that there's another big event coming up this year. The Western Canada Summer Games are in Swift Current,...
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