Nunavik youth compete for place at 2014 Arctic Winter Games
“A strong desire to excel and the true spirit of friendship”
More than 100 young athletes from Nunavik’s Ungava Bay coast gathered in Kangiqsualujjuaq April 26 to April 29 to take part in trials for Team Nunavik–Québec.
Their goal: to win one of the spots on the team for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games slated for Fairbanks, Alaska, from March 15 to March 22, 2014.
Competitions took place over the weekend in Arctic sports, Dene games, snowshoeing, badminton and table tennis, which were capped off April 28 with a feast organized by the community, followed by a closing ceremony featuring cultural performances.
“These young athletes have demonstrated a strong desire to excel and the true spirit of friendship throughout the past few days. Kangiqsualujjuamiut are very proud to have been a part of this amazing event,” Hilda Snowball, mayor of Kangiqsualujjuaq, said in an April 29 news release from the Kativik Regional Government.
Community tryouts began in 2012 and more regional trials are planned for this fall.
Athletes are evaluated on their performance, time devoted to training, as well as overall behaviour and attitude.
Regional trial selections will take place this summer following the completion of the other coastal trials.
The Arctic Winter Games is a biennial, international sports competition for athletes from Nunavik, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, northern Alberta, Alaska, Greenland, Yamal (Russia) and Sapmi (Scandinavia).
Team Nunavik–Québec for the 2014 AWG in Fairbanks will comprise 64 athletes, six cultural performers, 13 coaches and six mission staff.
Quebec sent athletes to the AWG in 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1986, and Team Nunavik–Québec has sent a team every year since 2000.
The KRG’s recreation department is responsible for coordinating the preparations of Team Nunavik–Québec for the AWG and its participation at the event.