Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs
Spencer West.Photo: Siavash Ghazvinian.

Highlights include: Yellowknife participates in the 10th annual Delta basketball tournament; Sport North invites AWG athlete to hear a motivational speakers; and Olympians among those to receive grants for high performance athletes in NWT.

Yellowknife participates in 10th annual Delta basketball tourney

For the first time in the history of the Beaufort Delta Regional Basketball Tournament, a team from outside the region made the trip to the northwest corner of the NWT to compete against the regional schools. The City of Yellowknife sent a team of high performance players to the 10th annual tournament held in Inuvik two weekends ago. The Yellowknife team was one of 15 that played in the weekend of round robin games, including nine from Inuvik, one from Fort McPherson, three from Tuktoyaktuk and one from Paulatuk. Yellowknife’s squad took home the top spot in the sr. boys and adult divisions by winning all of their playoff games, while Tuk U took second place and the Basket Brawlers took third. The E3SS Junior Boys team of Inuvik won the B division and the Mangilaluk 1 team won the A division.

Sport North invites AWG athletes to hear motivational speaker

Spencer West, an Albertan motivational speaker who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised thousands of dollars for charity from a wheelchair, is visiting the NWT this month and Sport North is encouraging athletes from across the territory to come hear him speak. West will be in Yellowknife on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at William McDonald Middle School Gym. His presentation will be geared towards motivating athletes for the Arctic Winter Games and is free to attend. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Sport North Federation or email lauren.c.seabrook@gmail.com.

Brendan Green

Photo: Brendan Green

Brendan Green

Olympians among grant recipients for high performance athletes in NWT

Biathlete Brendan Green and short-track speed skater Michael Gilday, both Olympians competing in Sochi, Russia this week, were among the 23 high performance athletes awarded a grant by the territorial government last week. The grants, given in partnership with the NWT’s Sport North Federation, are intended to provide financial assistance to the territory’s potential podium placers. A judoka, a rower and a snowboarder were also among the grant recipients. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000, awarded on the basis of athletic achievement and recognition at the national and international level, according to the department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

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