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2020 Arctic Winter Games

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Please find more information on this years Arctic Winter Games event hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon.


Shannon Bonnetrouge (Fort Providence)
Crystal Zhang (Hay River)
Monika Kunderlik (Yellowknife)
Sofia Barichello (Yellowknife)
Conner McKay-Ivanko (Hay River)
David Dragon (Yellowknife)

Head Coach: Steve Rowe (steve@aerobictabletennis.com)
Assistant Coach: Beth Hudson (beth@ascnwt.ca)
Mission Staff: Thorsten Gohl (thor@tabletennisnorth.ca)

Team NT handbook
Table Tennis technical package
Table Tennis one page (venue, accommodation, officials)

Host societies website: https://awg2020.org/

Team NT departure from Yellowknife on March 15th, 2020.
Team NT departure from Whitehorse on March 21st, 2020.

The Opening Ceremony will be hosted on March 15th at 6:30pm in the Tahkini Arena. The Closing Ceremony will be hosted on March 21st at 4pm in the Canada Games Centre. 

Here is the Table Tennis sport schedule (updated Feb 1st, 2020).

Sport North & Team NT release form.

2019 NWT School Championships

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What a fantastic time we had at the 2019 NWT School Championships. Over 100 kids came to compete in the categories from Grade 6-12 and in the Doubles categories Middle School and High School.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers helping and supporting this event and the teachers, parents, family and friends, getting the kids ready for the championships.

Congratulations to the two winners of our special awards. Both being students at Weledeh School.

Tyrell Whane – Sportsmanship Award
Jameel Makaran — Most Improved Award

Here are the SINGLES & DOUBLES images from the event.


Middle School
1. Owen Reitsma/Joseph Curran (William McDonald)
2. Raine Mingo/Alex Ramsay (St. Pat’s)

High School
1. Zachary Mathison/Christopher Mathison (St. Pat’s)
2. Tamara Mathison/Gracie Brennan (St. Pat’s)


Grade 12 female
1. Katie Hart (St. Pat’s)

Grade 12 male
1. Marco Estebay (St. Pat’s)

Grade 11 male
1. Christopher Mathison (St. Pat’s)
2. Landen Lavers (St. Pat’s)

Grade 10 female
1. Katie Genge (St. Pat’s)

Grade 10 male
1. Jack Nevitt (St. Pat’s)
2. Luke Dizon (St. Pat’s)

Grade 9 female
1. Gracie Brennan (St. Pat’s)
2. Monika Kunderlik (Sir John)

Grade 9 male
1. Zachary Mathison (Weledeh)
2. David Dragon (Sir John)

Grade 8 female
1. Raine Mingo (St. Pat’s)
2. Abby Nebitt (St. Pat’s)

Grade 8 male
1. Cole Woodland (William McDonald)
2. Owen Reitsma (William McDonald)

Grade 7 female
1. Megan Smallwood (William McDonald)
2. Maisey Murray (William McDonald)

Grade 7 male
1. Hayden Murray (William McDonald)
2. Ryder Wicks (William McDonald)

Grade 6 female
1. Anna Curran (William McDonald)
2. Ella Skauge (William McDonald)

Grade 6 male
1. Blake Rose (St. Joe’s)
2. Ethan Bran (William McDonald)

Table Tennis Rules & Regulations

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We all know the rules and regulations of Table Tennis. Do we? Racket Lounge created a fantastic illustration on the topic. Great timing in preparation for the NWT School Championships and the Arctic Winter Games trials that are coming up.

Here is the link to the website: https://racketlounge.com/table-tennis-rules-and-regulations/

2019 NWT School Championships

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These years dates will be January 9 & 11, 2020, hosting the event on a Thursday (doubles) and Saturday (singles).

Some information for you:

Date: January 9 & 11, 2020
Time: Thursday 4:00-6:00 (Doubles)Saturday 10:00-6:00pm (Singles)
Cost: $10/player or max $200/school
Location: Weledeh School Gymnasium

Banners/Medals: Banners for Grade 6-8, 9-12.Medals for the category winners:
– 12 categories for singles (Grade 6-12)- 2 categories for doubles (Elementary, High School)

Registration deadline: January 6th, 2020

Double division is open for boys/boys, girls/girls or mixed. You choose.Sign up fee is for Singles and Doubles together.No limit for signing up students per school.

Rules of table tennis:  http://www.tabletennisnorth.ca/uncategorized/2019-nwt-school-championships/table-tennis-rules-4/

Upcoming events are the Arctic Winter Games Team Table Tennis trials in Fort Providence, January 23-25th, 2020. Deadline for signing up for the trials is December 16th, 2019. We are also hosting a preparation camp on January 4-5th, 2020 in Fort Providence for anyone that would like to participate.

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.


Instructional videos

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from Paul Devitt

A great way of learning some more about technique in Table Tennis is with watching videos. For beginners, I have recommended the following six Yang Yang Table Tennis videos found on YouTube. 

1.       Holding Racket and Basic Body Position 

2.       How to Play Forehand Drive 

3.       How to Play Backhand Drive

4.       How to Forehand Push

5.       How to Backhand Push

6.       How to Practice Table Tennis Alone

YK Open House

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We had a fantastic time this last Friday at Weledeh School with the open house. We had 18 people show up to try out Table Tennis and getting engaged with the sport in the future. The idea is now to start a club in the capital city.

“This is amazing, seeing so many come out and playing Table Tennis. The future for a Table Tennis Club in Yellowknife is bright!!!” – Thorsten Gohl, Volunteer Executive Director Table Tennis North

“Great to see such a turnout with a variety of skills. It will be nice to see the club running on a weekly basis.” – Steve Rowe, Aerobic Table Tennis

Ping Pong Literacy in Fort Providence

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“We are having a blast here in Fort Providence with Ping Pong Literacy. The kids are in love with the brain breaks, doing activities and keeping active” says Thorsten Gohl, Physical Literacy Coordinator Dehcho Divisional Education Council.

Table Tennis North works with Steve Rowe from Ping Pong Literacy in bringing the program into the communities. First stop was Fort Providence. Engaging the Grades 1-3 in their class room time on a daily basis. Showing some fun videos with PONG the rabbit and doing brain breaks like the up side down exercise.

Ping Pong Literacy

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We are excited to have Steve back in the Territories with his new program PING PONG Literacy. It will be great to engage our youth from 3-7 years of age in being Active for Life.

Working together with the Physical Literacy Coordinator Dehcho Divisional Education Council in bringing the programs into the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories.

“It will be great bringing Steve into the communities of our Region and introducing our kids to Ping Pong Literacy. Learning numerics and literacy in a fun way while having entertaining brain breaks to support being active for life. It cannot be better than that” says Physical Literacy Coordinator Thorsten Gohl

Steve Rowe adds to this “It’s always exciting to be back in the NWT. The children will learn academics, keep fit and table tennis. I am very much looking forward to delivering this amazing new programme to the children in the Deh Cho area. I can’t wait to see the reaction from the teachers and children.”

Are you interested in Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories?