Tuesday August 11 2015 15 INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School www.IHESCHOOL.com Call Now 1-866-399-3853 Housing Transportation Packages Available NO SIMULATORS JOB ASSISTANCE FOR LIFE NEVER SHARE MACHINES START ANY MONDAY GET TRAINED. GET WORKING. By DALI CARMICHAEL The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games WCSG are underway and athletes from the NWT have been working hard to do the ter- ritory proud. Including mission staff and coaches 175 participants are attending the multisport games which are being hosted by the Mu- nicipality of Wood Buffalo in Fort McMur- ray Alta. from Aug 7 to 16. Inall164athletesarerepresentingtheNWT inbasketballathleticsswimmingartisticgym- nastics badminton indoor and beach volley- ball wrestling golf judo and soccer. Leading up to these games a lot our ath- letes are starting to peak said Sport North FederationrepresentativeandTeamNWTChef de Mission Melanie Kornacki. I believe our teams will give top performances and Im ex- tremelyexcitedtoseealltheathletescompete. Back in July three of the boys basketball team members entered the Calgary Storm Stampede invitational tournament where they took first place in their division. Aaron WellscoachforboththeWCSGandStampede teams is optimistic the momentum from the earlier tournament will carry over. Wearerootingforatop-fourfinishhesaid. TheteamwaspickedinMarch.Theyallwentto territorycampinCamrosetogetherinMayand playedsomeexhibitiongamesthere.Theyhave all been in Yellowknife for a month training. Members of the swim team have also been working hard to perfect their strokes. Re- cently the team flew to California to attend a training camp. We have some returning Canada Sum- mer Games athletes and we will see some more personal bests broken and possibly some Team NWT records broken Kor- nacki said. Participants in the athletic events have placed in the top five in other southern meets as well. One particular standout on the team will be Skylar Horton of Hay River who has been competing for the University of Calgary for the past two years. According to Kornacki athletes Fiona Huang and Joel Demarcke from Hay River and William Buckland and Nicolas Bennett from Yellowknife have been consistently hit- ting their personal bests and are steadily im- proving at each meet. I believe we will see some great perfor- mances by our athletics team she said. The NWT representatives will be compet- ing against teams from Alberta British Co- lumbia Saskatchewan Manitoba Yukon and Nunavut at the WCSGs. Over 2500 athletes are expected to be in attendance. In between competitions the participants will have time to check out some cultural events live shows and historical landmarks around the city. Highlighting Alberta Before the games began a torch signifying the spirit of the CWSGs traveled throughout the Wood Buffalo Region making stops in Fort Chipewyan Fort McKay Janvier Conk- lin and Anzac before landing in Fort McMur- ray on Aug. 2. From there respected Elder Elsie Yanik kicked off an in-town torch relay at Keyano College with the finish line at the Jubilee Plaza. About412athletesfromAlbertaareexpected to participate in the games. For those looking to cheer on the hometown Fort McMurray tal- ent be on the lookout for Austin Couture as he tearsuptheboyssoccerfieldforTeamAlberta and Calle Inkster Allison Mulhall and Shaela Welte in the artistic gymnastics events. Team NWT heads to Wood Buffalo for Western Canada Summer Games PhotocourtesyofTeamNWT PhotocourtesyofWesternCanadaSummerGames Team NWT cheers at the Western Canada Games opening ceremony on Aug. 7. SPORTS RECREATION WESTERN CANADA SUMMER GAMES Leonard Karembera puts on a tough offense against Team Alberta in their game on Aug. 8.