Cross Country NWT names 2018 Arctic Winter Games skiers

Cross Country NWT is proud to name its provisional team for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games following the conclusion of Territorial Trials in Fort Smith from December 7-9.

Nineteen skiers and one alternate have been named following the trials, which offered athletes an early look at the venue which will host the main Arctic Winter Games event from March 18-24, 2018.

This roster will now be advanced to Sport North for final confirmation and remains subject to any appeals under the Cross Country NWT athlete selection policy for the Games.

Selected athletes are:

Junior Male
Nicolas Bennett
Donny Boake
Jack Panayi

Junior Female
Jailyn Louison-Edgi
Niva Stephenson

Juvenile Male
Tyson Green
Jack Kotaska

Juvenile Female
Emily Carroll
Kea Furniss
Ella Kokelj
Rae Panayi

Midget Male
Leif Aubrey-Smith
Joseph Curran
Makoa Kokelj
Morgan Young

Midget Female
Anais Aubrey-Smith
Moira Green
Shannon Mercer
Sarah Porter
Kira Young – alternate

Coaching staff (announced on November 24)
Stephen Dunbar – head coach
Kevin Durkee – assistant coach
Miriam Green – team manager

Cross Country NWT would like to thank the organizing committee and volunteers in Fort Smith for a successful hosting of Territorial Trials, and wishes the community all the best for the exciting Arctic Winter Games races ahead.

Introducing your new Team NWT race suit!

Team NWT suit

The votes are in, the people have spoken… and this is your new Team NWT race suit.

Thank you to everyone who voted and those who provided written feedback during this process over the past few months.

These suits will now go into production, ready for their debut at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Remember to read our suit policy to find out under which circumstances athletes are entitled to wear an NWT suit.

Preparing for Territorial Trials? Here’s a training guide

CCNWT’s Arctic Winter Games team head coach, Stephen Dunbar, has prepared a training plan for athletes getting ready to compete at Territorial Trials in December.

Click here to view and download the plan.

There’s no obligation for athletes to use this training plan. However, if you’re looking for some guidance and inspiration for the next two weeks in preparation for Territorial Trials, this would be a good place to start!

Please note that the Secondary Selection Policy for Territorial Trials has also been approved and finalized. This policy explains what will happen if conditions are too cold or otherwise harsh for racing to occur at Territorial Trials as planned.

Team NWT suit design contest: the final round!

Earlier in the fall, we asked you to help us choose a new suit design for Team NWT’s skiers.

The contest now comes down to a final, winner-takes-all vote between two designs.

DESIGN ONE below was the winner of the first round of voting. DESIGN TWO is a new challenger. Both suits have been fully rendered in 3D for the first time provide a more accurate view of the proposed designs.

This is the last chance to vote – once this contest closes at 10pm on November 30, we’ll put the winner into production!

(By the way, this is a good time to read our new Team NWT Suit Policy, which explains what you have to do to earn one of these suits… whichever design we pick.)



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Arctic Winter Games coaching staff named

Cross Country NWT is pleased to confirm the coaching staff for Team NWT’s skiers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

The 2018 event is a home Games for the NWT, with cross-country skiing taking place in the South Slave community of Fort Smith from March 18-24.

Team NWT’s head coach for the 2018 Games will be Stephen Dunbar, assisted by Kevin Durkee. Miriam Green will be the team manager.

Cross Country NWT thanks all those who applied and the selection committee who gave up their time to assess applications. We wish the coaching staff and our athletes all the best for Territorial Trials in Fort Smith early in December, and the Games this coming March!