The Arctic Winter Games emerged from an idea in 1967 of then Commissioners James Smith of the Yukon and Steward Hodgson of the Northwest Territories who watched their athletes struggle against southern counterparts at the Canada Winter Games. Smith and Hodgson enticed Alaska Governor Walter Hickel to join this northern circumpolar sporting and cultural event, with a goal of offering appropriate levels of competition for northern athletes who had limited access to facilities and training opportunities.
The first set of Games were staged in Yellowknife, NWT in 1970 and officially opened by former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The Games were a huge success with some 500 athletes competing from Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories. The AWG are held every two years and now include representation from Yukon, Alaska, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Greenland, Nunavik, the three Russian provinces of Magadan, Sami and Yamai.
The underlying philosophy of the Games is to involve as many athletes as possible either at the Games or in team trials, and to promote a forum of competition for those other than elite athletes with competitive opportunities in the south. The Arctic Winter Games symbolize athletic competition, cultural exhibition and social interchange.
2016 Arctic Winter Games, Nuuk Greenland
March 6-11, 2016
Team Yukon will be participating in the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland, March 6-11!
For the latest information on the Arctic Winter Games, including sport schedules and updated results from Nuuk, visit the official website:
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AWG 2016 RAFFLE WINNERS:
1st Prize – $3000 – Ticket #08037
2nd Prize – $1500 – Ticket #16214
3rd Prize – $750 – Ticket #16813
4th Prize – $500 – Ticket #11261
5th Prize – $250 – Ticket #18622
Congratulations to all the winners!
- Mission Staff
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