Yellowknife hosts NWT snowboarding territorials Enthusiasts hoping to strengthen sport base for 2018 AWG Tuesday April 21 2015 19 SPORTS RECREATION SNOWBOARDING By DALI CARMICHAEL Justbeforethesnowmeltedawayyoungsnow- boardersintheNWTmetupinYellowknifefor the nal territorial competition of the season. About 13 youth from the capital and Fort Liard hauled their gear out to Bristol Pit on Apr. 10 and 11 for a weekend of friendly com- petitioninoneoftheterritorysgrowingsports. Competitorswerebetween14and18theage group that will attend the 2016 Arctic Winter Games AWGs in Greenland. They competed inslopestylearailjamandslalomdisciplines all slightly modied for the small hill. Junior boarder Alinda Edda and juvenile Abby Duntra both from Fort Liard were the only girls to ride on Saturday the day of the competition.InthejuniormalecategoryTorin Dowe from Yellowknife took rst place while Stan Bertrand of Fort Liard took second. In the juvenile males Yellowknifers snagged the top spots with Ben McGregor in rst followed by Ben Toner and Matthew Wiebe. From this event were hoping to select a group of snowboarders that will make up a development team said Lyric Sandhals ex- ecutive director of the NWT Boardsport As- sociation. Theyre not necessarily already selected for the AWGs for 2016 but theyll get together next season and maybe go to a couple ofcompetitionsandjusttrain.InJanuarywell haveourterritorialselection.Werejusttrying to get a program going we havent had a very structuredprogramforsnowboardersorclear pathways so were just kind of starting out. On the Friday evening before the competi- tion youth had a chance to warm up during a training session with top NWT boarders An- drew Matthews and Molly Milligan who have both showed their skills in southern and in- ternational events. Matthews said he enjoyed puttingontheclinicespeciallybecauseitgave him a chance to give back to a community that has given him so much support. The weather was amazing and the course that we put together was great for the kids to progress and have fun he said. It was good to have two of our high-per- formance snowboarders out Sandhals said. Theyve gone down south and trained at a higher level. They were with the kids giving them tips before the event on Saturday and I think that really encouraged them. PhotosAndrewMatthews Torin Dowe of Yellowknife shows off his freestyle skills. Youth spend the day of Apr. 10 training with top NWT snowboarders Andrew Matthews and Molly Milligan warming up for the territorial competition the next day.