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Table Tennis AWG Athletes competing at the 2016 NWT Cross Country Run

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October 07th 2016, Fort Providence – 2014 AWG Table Tennis Athlete Fiona Huang and 2016 AWG Table Tennis Athlete Jacqueline Larocque competed at the 2016 NWT Cross Country Run in Fort Providence. Fiona roled her ankle during the race and could not compete at her best, like she did in 2015 when she won the gold medal. Jacqueline on the other hand was in good form, with a big smile on her face and ended up with a Silver Medal in her hands.

We had some questions for both Athletes.

 

How do you feel? Was it fun?

Jacqueline: It felt awesome I had a lot of fun. I wish I could do it again next year I feel like I could have put in a better time at the end. But I feel as I did great, my first year since grade 7 and I got second. I had only trained for about 2-3 days a week for about 2 weeks. So I am pretty proud of my progress that run.

Fiona: I actually didn’t do that good because I rolled my ankle 😞

Was it as hard running Cross Country than it was playing Table Tennis in Greenland?

Jacqueline: No there is no multitasking involved. I didn’t have to focus on anything else but my legs and positive mind to keep going. Where as table tennis there is a bit more to be aware of; the other opponent and how they will play, your body and which way you will go, and trying to keep up hope for the rest of the match

What is harder, running a Cross Country Run or playing Table Tennis at the Arctic Winter Games?

Fiona: Hmmm table tennis I think. hHha running is easier for me!

Do you still play table tennis from time to time?

Jacqueline: Every so often. Not as much as I did for training for the Arctic Winter Games. But it’s fun to just do a game here and there with some friends.

Fiona: Yes I did play this year haha ! Just at lunch and little fun games with my schoolmates. Depends on the match, but sometimes I “kicked some butt”.

What else are you up too lately?

Jacqueline: I go to the gym or I run. Lately I have been doing quite a bit of Volleyball. Last year of high school I better make it count by motivation and progress on my athleticism. School, work, and my health is my main thing right now.

Fiona: Just busy with school.

UP HERE magazine

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UP HERE Magazine came to Fort Providence to do some research on an editorial piece about Table Tennis in the Hamlet. The story should be in the December issue of the magazine.

A big thank you to Elaine for coming out and being part of our community!!!

 

UP HERE magazine WEBSITE and FACEBOOK page

“2016 Youth Leadership Award” – Tamara Jovic

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We are so proud of 2016 AWG Athlete and Silver Medalist in the Juvenile Girls Doubles, Tamara Jovic. She received the “2016 Youth Leadership Award” from NWT Recreation and Parks Association.

Congratulations!!!

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Mini Table Tennis Table to give away

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WE WANT YOU!!

We want you to get involved, get active and have fun!!! Then you will also know what is happening with Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories! 

We have a GIVE AWAY!!! Enter to win a THOR Mini Tennis Table!!  Like our Facebook Page and you will automatically be entered in the draw. 

https://www.facebook.com/tabletennisnorth/?ref=bookmarks

You can pick up the Table in Yellowknife, Hay River or Fort Providence. Or, if the winner is further North we will try and make something work!!! 

We should reach at least 500 likes! The winner will be posted on Facebook!!!

 

“From student to teacher”

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A very nice article in the Dehcho Drum “From student to teacher” in showing the growth of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories. Two time Arctic Winter Games Athlete Mikaela Vandell taking on a different role. This time, coaching the children at Deh Gah School in Fort Providence!

Have a look at the article!

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2 times Arctic Winter Games Athletes to teach at Deh Gah School

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2016 Arctic Winter Games, and Grade 12 Graduation have been exciting events in Athlete Mikaela Vandell’s year. Also exciting that she is back at school, having just received her Certificate a few weeks ago. Why? To study more? To upgrade courses?  All wrong guesses! Mikaela, who also participated in the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, is back to inspire and teach the kids at Deh Gah School Table Tennis! She brings her years of experience from practice and competitions into the class to share her wisdom and enthusiasm for the sport.

“White Rabbit” she calls out and the kids now know it is the signal to hold up your racket. Or as she shows the right hand grip -” what is this called again?” “Yes, you got it, the shake hand grip. Good job everyone!”

The 17 year old Mikaela will be with classes from Grades 4 to 9 for the entire week. Can you see all the smiles that brings? Thanks for sharing your skills and fun and coming back to Deh Gah! Great to see you here!

And the Table Tennis season begins …

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Fort Providence is taking off with Table Tennis this week.

The first day of Table Tennis is concluded. Today the kids learned a bit about the service in Table Tennis. First a nice warm up with “Flush Tag” and then an obstacle course on 4 tables to learn the basics about Table Tennis.

Frog Games, Targets and Table Tennis Cricket were all part of this fun day! And of course a lot of smiles!!!

Legacy of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games has began.

 

Table Tennis North becomes a member of Table Tennis Canada

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“It has been a fantastic few month for Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories. Being part of Table Tennis Canada means a lot to us as we can now participate in the Western Hopes Week, the Canadian Championships and run sanctioned tournaments. It will give our kids a boost to not just work towards the Arctic Winter Games every 2 years, but also participate in tournaments for the Northwest Territories.” Vice-President Mike Johnston, Table Tennis North.

Table Tennis included in the AWG 2018 in South Slave

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“I’m very excited, but I’m not as surprised as many others would be” said Coach Thor about the fact that Table Tennis is now added to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games.

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Table Tennis included in the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games

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Very exciting news today, Table Tennis will be included in the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. A huge thank you to everyone that made this possible!

GO Team NWT GO!!!

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