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Local Athletes Set To Compete At 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Local Athletes Set To Compete At 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Nearly 50 athletes, coaches, and cultural delegates from the RMWB are in the Northwest Territories for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

38 athletes representing Team Alberta North from Conklin, Fort McKay, Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan will be competing in a variety of events starting Sunday, including the Dene Games, hockey, volleyball, badminton, snowboarding, figure skating, futsal, and gymnastics.

In all, Team Alberta North is sending 239 athletes, cultural participants, coaches and mission staff representing 36 communities north of the 55th parallel to the week-long event in Hay River and Fort Smith.

“These Games are a special blend of sport and culture and will provide Team Alberta North members with a unique competitive and life experience,” said Kelly Blackshaw, Vice Chair of Alberta Sport Connection, in a release.

The event dubbed the “friendly games” features athletes from Alaska, Greenland, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunavut, Yukon, Yamal (Russia), and Sapmi (Northern Scandinavia).

Wood Buffalo hosted the Games in 2004.