Welcome to the Beaufort Delta for a special 50th anniversary Top of the World Loppet.
This weekend, the Inuvik Ski Club, Cross Country NWT, and Cross Country Canada will celebrate the Delta’s tremendous contribution to the sport of cross country skiing over the past five decades and more.
Sharon Firth, four-time Olympian from the Beaufort Delta community of Aklavik, will be present throughout and is scheduled to lead the loppet’s opening ceremony on Friday evening.
Races take place throughout Saturday and into Sunday, with final awards being handed out late on Sunday morning.
Youth from Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk, Tsiigehtchic, Fort Good Hope, and Yellowknife are set to attend and appear on the start line. A community feast takes place on Saturday evening.
For more information, head to the Inuvik Ski Club’s loppet page.
Cross Country NWT thanks the Inuvik club for its organization of this exceptional event and, on a weekend of ski excitement in the NWT, wishes the Yellowknife club well in its own Yellowknife Gold Loppet being staged at the same time.
The Games are over!
Congratulations to our athletes and thank you to our coaches and team manager, all parents involved, and all officials and volunteers. Fort Smith ski club and town were wonderful hosts.
To see full results, you can check the Arctic Winter Games website or Zone 4.
Nicolas Bennett took silver in the 5 km classic, fourth place in the sprint and fifth in the 10 km skate at junior male level. The NWT’s junior male and midget female relay teams were fourth, with the midget male team fifth.
Photos from the Games can be found on our Facebook page. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Nicolas Bennett on his silver ulu in the classic 5 km individual start race on Monday at the Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith.
Nico’s interview with Cabin Radio can be found here. He’s competing in the 10 km mass start on Tuesday.
All results from the Arctic Winter Games can be found on Zone 4.
Nico finished 2.5 seconds behind the winner in Monday’s race. Jack Panayi was 11th and Donny Boake 16th.
In the juvenile male race, Jack Kotaska placed 13th ahead of team-mate Tyson Green in 14th.
On the female side, the territory’s best result on Monday came from Ella Kokelj, who finished 9th in the juvenile 5 km race. Kea Furniss was 14th, Emily Carroll 19th and Rae Panayi 21st.
In the junior division, Niva Stephenson was 12th and Jailyn Louison-Edgi 17th.
Makoa Kokelj, Joseph Curran, Leif Aubrey-Smith and Morgan Young finished 17th-21st in the midget male race on Monday, while Moira Green was 11th in the midget female race with Anais Aubrey-Smith 13th, Sarah Porter 16th and Shannon Mercer 18th.
Photo: Damian Panayi
Congratulations to skiers from the NWT who took part at Canadian national championships in Thunder Bay this week.
Five skiers from our high performance program travelled to the event: Nicolas Bennett, Jack Panayi, Rae Panayi, Jack Kotaska and Tyson Green. The Yellowknife Ski Club was also be represented by two HP alumni, Clair Littlefair and Thomsen D’Hont.
HP skiers were supported by head coach Sheena Tremblay, as well as Mindy Willett and Damian Panayi. Thomsen was also be pulling double duty with racing and team support. Thanks to everyone involved!
Meanwhile, 10 young NWT skiers took part in the Alberta Youth Championships, held in Bragg Creek from March 2-4.
Joe Curran had a bronze medal finish in the classic race, and 5th in the free. Makoa Kokelj and Gillian Furniss set a new personal best in classic.
Shannon Mercer, Morgan Young and Abigail Nevitt all set new personal bests in both free and classic races. Anya Smillie, Kiran Ray, Mina Lockhart, and Lacey Furniss all attended their first out of territory race. Congratulations to all.
Thanks to Damian Panayi for the photos from Nationals! Here are some more:
Congratulations to Nicolas Bennett, who took silver in his prologue event at the 2018 Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships on Friday.
Nicolas finished four seconds adrift of Ben Milley from the host Nakkertok club. in a 25-strong field.
Other results reported to Cross Country NWT from Friday include Moira Green’s sixth-place finish in her prologue, and 16th in a prologue field of 51 for Ella Kokelj.
Thanks to Damian Panayi for the photos!