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Sports archive for November 9, 2012

Arctic Winter Games motion gets unanimous support from legislature

The territorial government is united in its support of Minister of Community Services Elaine Taylor as she attempts to have six sports reinstated to the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

By Whitehorse Star on November 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The territorial government is united in its support of Minister of Community Services Elaine Taylor as she attempts to have six sports reinstated to the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

A motion put forward by independent MLA Darius Elias received unanimous support from the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Wednesday as athletes and local sport organization representatives looked on from the gallery.

Elias’ motion was effectively an official endorsement of Taylor’s pan-northern efforts to ensure that speed skating, figure skating, curling, gymnastics, midget hockey and dog mushing are included in the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland.

In September, the Games’ international committee officially cut the six sports from the 2016 tournament due to limited hosting capacity and lack of facilities.

In mid-October, Taylor met with her fellow territorial ministers of sport and the international Games committee in Fairbanks to explore the possibility of reinstatement.

“The unanimous consent of Yukon legislators recognizes the importance of the Arctic Winter Games to all Yukoners and strengthens the international effort to find a creative solution,” Taylor said in a news release.

“The Arctic Winter Games were originally established to give our athletes a multi-sport games experience that would allow them to take the next step in their athletic careers. For many of them, their experiences at the Arctic Winter Games have led to success at international competitions and a life-long enjoyment of sport. Our next generation of athletes deserves the same opportunity.”

Elias, MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin, said he understands the issue Greenland is dealing with.

“Coming from a small isolated community myself, I recognize the challenges that Nuuk faces,” he said.

“We are a circumpolar family in the Arctic Winter Games and I’m positive that we will all look back to this day with a sense of pride as we witness the athletes of the six sports entering the opening ceremonies in 2016.”

Nearly every MLA rose to speak on their experiences with sport in the North whether as an official, athlete, coach or as a parent.

“The Arctic Winter Games are the premiere multi-sport and cultural event for the Canadian North and the circumpolar world,” said Premier Darrell Pasloski.

“Participation in the Arctic Winter Games helps shape us as people in very positive ways and I want to recognize and thank minister Elaine Taylor for the extraordinary amount of work she has done on this issue.”

The Games committee has committed to review and cost out the option of splitting host duties between Greenland and Iqaluit.

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Dan Poelman

Nov 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

See some of the key stakeholders in the “AWG Thank You” video at http://awg2012.org/en/Home.aspx

Thank you minister Elaine Taylor.

Louis Bouchard

Nov 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I don’t think people realize how much of a role AWG plays in developing young Northern citizens. It is so much more then just another competition.
I hope this will continue to be on the table for the next 4 years and not fall through the cracks.  Thank you to all that showed support.

not impressed

Nov 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I don’t think the AWG should force the hosting contingents into financial hardship.

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