Many young athletes from Hay River made it to the medal podium at the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games.

Sixteen competitors from the host community – along with one from Enterprise – earned an ulu as an individual competitor or as part of a team.

Hay River’s Julie Rowe, left, and Katherine Lenoir of Enterprise won silver ulus in curling with their teammates Zoey Walsh and Nicole Griffiths. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

The ulus came in all colours – gold, silver and bronze. In fact some of the young Hay Riverites won more than one medal.

One of the Arctic Winter Games champions is Tyrell Wilgosh, who won his gold ulu as a member of the midget male hockey team.

At the opening ceremonies on March 18, Wilgosh told The Hub that his goal was to win a gold ulu.

As for actually doing that, he said, “It was pretty sweet. It was a good experience.”

Dane Dupuis was another medal winner, earning a silver ulu as a member of the NWT’s junior male volleyball team.

“We were aiming for gold, but we’ll take what we can get, I guess,” Dupuis said at the March 24 closing ceremonies of the games.

Here is a list of ulu winners from Hay River, along with one from Enterprise:

  • Tyrell Wilgosh – gold, midget male hockey

  • Zackary Horton – gold, midget male hockey

  • Declan Munro – gold, bantam male hockey

  • Kaden Beck – gold, bantam male hockey

  • Trey Beck – gold and silver, junior co-ed dog mushing

  • Kale Beck – silver, silver and bronze, juvenile co-ed dog mushing

  • Anna Cassidy – silver and silver, juvenile co-ed dog mushing

  • Dane Dupuis – silver, junior male volleyball

  • Zoey Walsh – silver, junior female curling

  • Julie Squires-Rowe – silver, junior female curling

  • Katherine Lenoir of Enterprise – silver, junior female curling

  • Nicole Griffiths – silver, junior female curling

  • Bryn Hill – silver, junior female hockey

  • Layne Leonard – silver, junior female hockey

  • Abby Webster – silver, junior female hockey

  • Fiona Huang – bronze, intermediate female futsal

  • Brianna Goodwin – bronze, juvenile female futsal

Source: 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games

Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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