Brendan Green a bit better
HOCHFILZEN, AUSTRIA - The World Biathlon Championships in Austria continued earlier this month and Hay River's Brendan Green had some better results than he's had in recent weeks.
Green was 38th in the men's 10 km sprint race on Feb. 11, a little more than a minute and a half behind the winner but ended up in 52nd place in the men's 12.5 km pursuit, more than four minutes off the pace.
There was still the men's 20 km individual, men's 4 x 7.5 km relay and men's 15 km mass start events to come. See the next edition of NWT News/North for the wrap up on those events.
Communities gather for tradition
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - One of the biggest events on the NWT sporting calendar is returning to Yellowknife as the Traditional Games Championships kick off on Feb. 24.
Aaron Wells, executive director of the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT, said a total of 19 teams, all between the ages of 10 to 12, from around the NWT will be competing with every region of the territory fielding at least one team.
The championships will be a mix of Dene games and Arctic sports. The Dene games portion will feature handgames, snow snake and pole push while the Arctic sports portion will have one-foot and two-foot high kick, wrist hang and arm pull.
The overall champions will be determined based on the total number of points a team earns through each event.
Girls roster finalized
NWT - Team NWT's U16 boys soccer team for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto was announced last week and the girls U16 team is now known.
Here's who will be making the trip:
Akesha Hardisty-Norwegian - Fort Simpson
Alexis Head - Yellowknife
Briann Nelson - Fort Liard
Bronwyn Rutherford-Simon - Fort Smith
Camryn Soucy - Fort Smith
Danica Taylor - Yellowknife
Denae Lafferty - Yellowknife
Dora-Faye Hansen - Fort Smith
Elizabeth Kikoak - Fort Smith
Kristal Gambler - Fort Smith
Leona Berreault - Fort Liard
Marie Carpenter - Yellowknife
Paris Wainman - Inuvik
Shanelle Moore - Hay River
Shazney Waugh - Fort Simpson
Tanisha Steinwand - Behchoko
Valadee Lockhart - Yellowknife
Zhanayii Drygeese - Yellowknife
source: NWT Soccer
Nunavut against the country
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. - The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is underway in St. Catharines, Ont., and Team Nunavut was playing for a chance to get into the main draw.
The ladies from the Iqaluit Curling Club - Geneva Chislett, Denise Hutchings, Robyn Mackey, Jenine Bodner and Sadie Pinksen - were playing in the pre-qualification round against New Brunswick, the NWT and Yukon on Feb. 16 and 17 for the 12th and final spot in the main draw.
See the next edition of Nunavut News/North for the recap of their performance.
Volleyball coaches announced
NUNAVUT - Volleyball Nunavut is getting its coaching affairs in order for the next little while and that includes the naming of the boys and girls high performance coaches.
Beverley Netusil of Iqaluit will be overseeing the girls squad while Rankin Inlet's Robert Kabvitok is looking after the boys side of things. Both coaches will be responsible for overseeing the development of the teams that will travel to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto this July and the 2018 Arctic Winter games in the NWT.
The announcement was made on Feb. 3.
The beautiful game - indoors
IQALUIT - It's soccer time at Inuksuk High School later this month as the Iqaluit Co-Ed Soccer Tournament kicks off on Feb. 24.
Geela Evaloakjuk, who's helping to organize this year's tournament, said teams from Pond Inlet and Rankin Inlet are scheduled to join in with teams from Iqaluit with a total of seven teams expected.
Action will happen on the 24th and will continue through to the 25th with the finals set for the 26th.