Heavy snow and whiteouts couldn’t keep mushers away as they competed for the top prizes in the 2015 Fort Chipewyan Winter Carnival dog races. TJ Fordy from Hay River rides into first place for the six-dog race with her team of canine companions on Feb. 28, before capturing the overall top prize for the same category the next day.
Declan Munro and Connor Ivanko McKay compete in a snowshoe race before heading to an Arctic Winter Games pep rally in Hay River’s Don Stewart Recreation Centre on Jan. 29, held for the visiting international committee in a successful bid to host the 2018 AWGs.
Hay River biathlete Andrew Lirette leads Team NWT into the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies on Feb. 13. A total of 96 athletes from the territory competed in the games, where some 2,400 athletes from around Canada proved their athleticism.
James Day Jr. from Inuvik demonstrates the traditional Inuit two-foot high kick game at the Aboriginal Pavillion, hosted in Toronto during the Pan American Games. Fourteen youth volunteers traveled to the games to share some Northern culture.
Joel Gordon of the Hay River Track Club blows past Carson Roche of Deline in the senior men’s 100-metre final at the 25th annual NWT Track and Field Championships in Hay River from June 1-3. Gordon placed first in this and all of his other events.
The Walk to Tuk, an annual challenge to get folks walking in the wintertime hosted by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTPRA), takes steps to cover Canada by entering the Play Exchange, a national competition with a cool $1-million prize from the federal government. CBC host Wab Kinew, who championed the Walk, is pictured with NWTPRA CEO Geoff Ray, active living coordinator Sheena Tremblay and NWT Olympic athlete Sharon Firth at a CBC special taping in Toronto Jan. 9.
Team NWT women’s hockey player Davina McLeod scores against Team Yukon Feb. 19 in their final rally of the 2015 Canada Winter
Games. The women won against their nemesis to the west twice in the tournament, taking 11th place.
Winners, $2,700 richer! Despite being between the ages of 14 and 19, these young Bechoko men on team Franks Channel excelled in the clever craft of deceiving their opponents, the entertaining heart of Dene handgames, at a tournament held in Fort Smith.
Calista Burke takes aim at the Fort Smith Polar Cup biathlon race, held at the Thebacha Loppet on Jan. 24. Youth from Hay River and Fort Smith competed in the friendly event for the first time in three years after bad weather forced multiple cancellations.