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Nunavut’s wrestling team set for Western Canada Summer Games

Wrestling is a sport which always finds Nunavut in good stead when it comes to roster size. It's no different this time around and the territory will be the largest contingent among the North when the...
Aiden Anawak of Iqaluit heads for the pylons during a drill as part of the Volleyball Nunavut beach volleyball training camp in Apex, just outside of Iqaluit, late last month. photo courtesy of Volleyball Nunavut

Nunavut readies for beach volleyball debut at Western Canada Summer Games

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the beach, along comes Volleyball Nunavut with its big ideas. There had been talk of Volleyball Nunavut entering beach volleyball teams into the 2019 Western...

The new great age of British hockey … yes, it’s a thing

It's incredible what the offer of free beer will do to people. A brewery in North Carolina had one of its delivery vans stolen in the early hours of May 20, leading to quite the...
Andre Ihumatak of Kugluktuk waits for the ball to come to him for a shot during the boys final of the Grade 4-5 Yellowknife Soccer Tournament in the NWT capital on May 12. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Two-for-two for Kugluktuk on the soccer pitch

Seems the Kitikmeot region made Yellowknife its own stomping round sports-wise earlier this month. On the backs of Cambridge Bay's win at the Arctic Shoot-Out basketball tournament, the boys soccer team from Kugluktuk was on...
Nathaniel Cziranka-Crooks of Cambridge Bay looks to get past the guard of Yellowknife's Simon Markowski during the men's final of the Arctic Shoot-Out basketball tournament in Yellowknife on May 12. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Twice is nice for The Bay at Arctic Shoot-Out

The Bay from Cambridge Bay returned the scene of arguably one of their biggest triumphs ever in basketball: the Arctic Shoot-Out in Yellowknife earlier this month. They came in as the defending champions on the...

SPORTS TALK: Brad Karp – a Canadian we can all be proud of

Right, so exactly how much time do we have left on this planet? I've heard 12 years from everyone but Beto (Robert) O'Rourke, who's running for the presidency of the U.S., tells us it's...
Kugluktuk's Jonathon Ihumatak tries to shield the ball from an Inuvik Wolves player during Grade 6 boys division playoff action at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 28. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Back-to-back titles for Kugluktuk at Junior Super Soccer

They came, they saw and they conquered. Again. The Grade 6 boys soccer team from Kugluktuk High School made it two in a row as they successfully defended their title at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife...

SPORTS TALK: Our apologies to Terry Jones for being from the North

In case you haven't heard, there was no Nunavut entry in either the boys or girls at the recent Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alta. The NWT was there, as they always...

Let’s hand out some hardware, shall we?

So a lot of good things happened to Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games. The boys hockey team announced their arrival by beating Yukon for their first-ever win and that would have been good enough...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Team NT’s girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon...
Josie Cote of Iqaluit celebrates after a goal during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Nunavut boys hockey team hits win column at Canada Winter Games

It’s been a weekend of firsts for Nunavut all around the country. The rink skipped by Jenine Bodner won Nunavut’s first main draw game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and now,...
Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of Kugluktuk during table tennis action at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 16. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Table tennis leads the way for Nunavut in first day of action at Canada...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway in Red Deer, Alta., and it was table tennis which kicked things off for Nunavut. Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of...
Nunavut finally hit the win column officially at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., as the rink from the Iqaluit Curling Club defeated Quebec on Saturday by a score of 4-3. The smiling ladies are, from left, Megan Ingram, Jenine Bodner, Jennifer Blaney, Alison Griffin, Sadie Pinksen and coach Susanne Martin. photo courtesy of Curling Canada

Nunavut wins historic first game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It wasn’t a question of if but more a question of when Nunavut would finally be able to raise their arms in official victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We now know when –...

Canada Winter Games excitement building

Every time you turn around, there seems to be another major Games that the territory will be competing in. That's the beauty of living in the North – never a dull moment. We're now less...

SPORTS CHECK: Coaches and officials wanted

Iqaluit Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season. The association will be hosting a Level 1 officiating course from Nov. 22...

SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could,...
Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq goes over some notes during a breakout session as part of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut's annual conference in Iqaluit on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maerzluft.

Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut hosts sixth annual conference

Judging by the turnout this year, it would appear sport and recreation in Nunavut is pretty healthy. The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) hosted its sixth annual conference in the capital from Oct....

SPORTS CHECK: Communities set for battle in Nunavut

Iqaluit The first big futsal tournament of the new season is on the horizon and it's happening in Iqaluit. It's the U18 Nunavut Futsal Championships and it gets going on Nov. 2 at Inuksuk High School...
Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler. His real name is Joe Anoa'i and he broke character on Oct. 22 for a very, very good reason. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPORTS TALK: Professional wrestling is very real sometimes – just ask Joe Anoa’i

You know the best way to troll millennials? Play a song they have no clue about and watch them eat it up. Fatboy Slim, the legendary British DJ, played a set at the Boiler Room...