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2020 Arctic Winter Games are cancelled

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Joint statement from the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, Arctic Winter Games International Committee, Government of Yukon, City of Whitehorse, and Chief Medical Officer of Health

Today the Arctic Winter Games Host Society, with the support of the Yukon government and the City of Whitehorse, announced that the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games have been cancelled following a recommendation from Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Cancelling the 2020 Arctic Winter Games was determined to be the most responsible precautionary measure to address concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and is supported by the Arctic Winter Games International Committee.

Yukon’s medical system has been and remains well prepared to manage suspected cases of COVID-19 that may arise in Yukon. While there are no cases of COVID-19 in Yukon and the risks low, other regions are experiencing unexpected community spread of the virus. With up to 2000 visitors anticipated to arrive in Whitehorse for the Arctic Winter Games, necessary steps must be taken to ensure the health and safety of Yukoners and visitors to the territory.

The organizers and co-hosts are disappointed to have to make this unfortunate decision and express deep gratitude to all those involved in preparing for the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

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“The decision to cancel the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games was not made easily but while we are disappointed, we are acting responsibly by following the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We will be meeting with the Host Society’s Board of Management, our funding partners and stakeholders over the coming days to build a plan for decommissioning the Games.”

– 2020 AWG Host Society President George Arcand

“The Arctic Winter Games has been an important part of developing athletes and communities across the north for 50 years,” said Flynn. “We are all looking forward to the next 50 and thank our partners for putting our Arctic Winter Games Family’s safety first.”.

– Arctic Winter Games International Committee President John Flynn

“It is out of an abundance of caution that today, as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, responsible for public health in the Yukon, I have recommended the cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games that were scheduled to be held here in Whitehorse beginning next week. I am making this recommendation out of concern for the health and safety of Yukoners, of all athletes, staff, volunteers and families, and for their home communities throughout the circumpolar North. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that spreads from person to person rapidly through respiratory secretions. In a setting like the Arctic Winter Games, even a suspected case would be devastating. It is with a heavy heart that I have had to make this recommendation. It is the responsible recommendation, and it is very unfortunate.”

– Yukon acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Catherine Elliott

“Our government supports following the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation. We believe this is the most responsible course of action in light of concerns around the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure that is in the best interests of our athletes, support staff, families, and communities across the circumpolar North. We know how much effort has gone into preparing for these games. We thank all those who have helped to organize and prepare for them.”

– Premier Sandy Silver

“We support the difficult but responsible decision to cancel the Games. Our community really stepped up for this event and I want to thank the nearly 2000 volunteers for their efforts and preparation for these Games.”

– Mayor of Whitehorse Dan Curtis

Quick facts

  • The risk for COVID-19 remains low in Yukon and there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Upcoming training camps

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The Arctic Winter Games are around the corner and with that the upcoming trials, January 23-25, 2020, hosted in Fort Providence. We are starting a series of training camps in preparation for the trials:

November 10-11, 2019 in Fort Providence (Deh Gáh School)
November 23, 2019 in Yellowknife  (St. Patrick Gym)
November 30 – December 1, 2019 in Fort Providence (Deh Gáh School)
January 4-5, 2020 in Fort Providence (Deh Gáh School)

Schedule for Fort Providence: 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, 5-7pm
Schedule for Yellowknife: 4-8pm

You can sign up by sending an e-mail to info@tabletennisnorth.ca with your name, age, e-mail and phone number. If you are staying overnight, please let us know. 

2020 Registration for the Arctic Winter Games trials

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The registration is Open for the Team NT Arctic Winter Games trials. If you like to try out for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, make sure that you register before December 16, 2019.

https://www.sportnorth.com/arctic-winter-games/2020-arctic-winter-games

Table Tennis Sport Chairperson 2018 Arctic Winter Games

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Table Tennis North is very excited to announce that our very own Thor Gohl will be the Sport Chairperson for Table Tennis at the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games.

“Thorsten brings an energy and enthusiasm to all of his work,” states Todd Shafer, General Manager 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. “We look forward to having him join our team and help us create a truly memorable experience for all the Games participants.”

Greg Rowe, President 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games says “Thor’s colorful personality and passion for Table Tennis is contagious, he has inspired athletes from across the NWT to want to join this sport, and we are excited to have him directly involved with the 2018 Games.” 

You can definitely hear the excitement in Thor’s voice “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am sure that we will have a great Table Tennis event at the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith.” Thor brings not just the experience of 3 years in the Northwest Territories with him, but also being part of major National and International Table Tennis events. “Yes, I have seen a lot of major Table Tennis events in the World, including the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. This will help me to make this the best event yet! Our legacy for the 2018 Games has already started with clinics in the smaller communities and the upcoming 2016 Territorial School Championships in Yellowknife. Maybe we can even bring a big event in the Territories prior the the Arctic Winter Games.”

Everything seems to be possible and we are looking forward to it. Congratulations Almighty Thor!

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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AWG South Slave 2018

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A wonderful article on the AWG South Slave 2018. Check it out!!!

Ask any competitive athlete from the North about the legacy of the Arctic Winter Games and the answer will always be one of lifechanging influence, says Betsy Mawdsley, a former biathlete from Fort Smith who has competed on the national and international circuits.

“I don’t think you can find an athlete from the NWT who was successful who didn’t come out of Arctic Winter Games,” she says.

AWG Trials are coming up soon – sign up!

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SIGN UP every one for the Arctic Winter Games Trials and have a good chance to become part of the NWT Team going to Greenland in March 2016.

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