Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Highlights include: the first Nordic Tour de Yellowknife stretches into the new year; Inuvik teams represent the NWT at the National Jr. Curling Championships; and AWG issues a call for badminton coaches.

Nordic Tour de Yellowknife stretches into new year
The first ever Nordic Tour de Yellowknife races, held by the Yellowknife Ski Club as a free, fun, family event, are continuing into the new year with a 300-metre individual start race to be held this Thursday. The cross-country ski race, a hill climb free technique, is open to ages eight and up. Organizers of the inaugural Tour de Yellowknife encourage all skiers from beginners to experts to use the race as an opportunity to practice techniques in a fun, but competitive environment. To check the standings from previous Tour de Yellowknife races held in December last year, go online to

Inuvik teams to represent NWT at National Jr. Curling Champs
Two teams from Inuvik will be representing the territory at the Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships held this year in Liverpool, NS. Team McKay-Saturnino and Team Miller won the NWT junior curling championships in Hay River last month and will be continuing on to Nova Scotia to compete in the national competition on Jan. 18 to 26. Team McKay-Saturnino, coached by Nick Saturnino, is skipped by Carina McKay-Saturnino and includes Karly King Simpson, Rayna Vittrekwa and Hilary Charlie. Matthew Miller, the skip for Team Miller, will be returning to nationals after a good showing last year. Coached by Maureen Miller, Team Miller’s other members include Randy Hiebert, Cody Snyder and Deklen Crocker.

Call goes out to badminton coaches for AWG
Badminton NT (BNT) has put a call out for volunteer badminton coaches to travel with the territorial team to the Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska this March. The organization will select two coaches from the applicants, one male and one female, to assist with coaching during the games, which run Mar. 15-22. Applicants must be a member of the BNT, have a level one badminton coaching certification, a passport and be willing to have a criminal record check. For more info and to apply, email

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