NWT athletes give it their all at the 2015 Canada Winter Games

Click on the slideshow above to view captions.Photos: Canada Winter Games.

Young athletes from across the nation headed to Prince George, B.C. on Friday, just in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Team NWT sent 96 athletes to represent the territory, competing in curling, hockey, figure skating, speed skating, cross-country skiing, biathlon, target shooting, squash, badminton and judo. In total, 2,400 athletes from around Canada are expected to compete in the games.

After an exuberant, colourful showing at the opening ceremonies the evening of Feb. 13, participants didn’t waste any time getting down to business.

On Saturday, the women’s hockey team kicked off the games for Team NWT in a tough loss against Team New Brunswick, with a final score of 14-nil.

On Sunday they competed again, losing 7-0 against Team Newfoundland and Labrador.

The men’s curling team picked up their brooms in a game against Nefoundland, where they were also bested by the easterners with a score of 11-5. They played a second game against Manitoba, where they were defeated 10-2.

The territory’s speedskaters fared better. Hay River skater Madison Pilling made the 1,500m women’s short track semi-finals, placing 18th overall while a majority of her teammates made it into the quarter finals.

Opening ceremonies flag bearer Andrew Lirette came in 16th in the men’s 15km biathlon, while teammates Kjel and Clell Crook came in 40th and 41st respectively in their race Sunday.

On Monday, target shooters took aim in the morning, with the women’s team air rifle shooters taking 7th.

Men’s curling tackled Team Saskatchewan in their third match, losing the game with a close score of 7-5.

Meanwhile, women’s hockey picked up their sticks to battle their neighbours to the west from Team Yukon, taking the win with a score of 7-2.

Speedskaters hit the track again Monday afternoon for the 1,000m and 3,000m races, with finishes after publication deadline.

As of Monday, the territory has yet to receive any medals, but athletes and their supporters remain hopeful as they settle into the first week of the games.

To follow along with the games, head to Team NWT’s Facebook page, or find them on Twitter at @Team_NWT.

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