Thursday, March 18, 2010

.... Thank You

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games were a TREMENDOUS success! THANK YOU Volunteers, Sponsors, and Participants for helping to Dream, Achieve, and Inspire.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Final Results

(Please Visit awg2010.org for detailed information)
Gold Silver Bronze T
87 85 79 251
43 56 46 145
31 28 48 107
37 37 27 101
35 21 8 64
18 16 15 49
9 16 24 49
12 10 13 35
3 5 2 10

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday's Snowshoeing Schedule

The Snowshoeing schedule for Wednesday has changed, with competition now beginning at 1:00pm instead of 8:00am.

The Snowshoeing schedule for Wednesday, March 10 has changed.

Competition will now begin at 1:00pm instead of 8:00am - and will run until 4:00pm at Wapiti Nordic Ski Club just South of Grande Prairie.

Click HERE for an overview of today's sport schedule.

Snow Snake Competition Moved

Originally scheduled to be held with other Dene Games being held at ATCO Place in Muskoseepi Park, Snow Snake will now be held in the Football Field at St. Joseph's Catholic High School. Action is underway now and will run until approximately 3:30 this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lunchtime Performances

‘Wednesday is your last chance to see FREE Lunchtime Cultural Performances. Each of the Games’ nine circumpolar contingents, and some great local acts will be featured Wednesday from 12:00-1:30. Lunchtime performances are held at the Games Trading Post at Crystal Centre, in Prairie Mall’s Centre Court, and at Second Street Theatre Downtown.’

Schedule Changes

Wednesday's Junior Female Volleyball competition between Team NWT and Team Greenland has changed venue. The Game has been moved from Maude Clifford Public School to Grande Prairie Regional College Gymnasium.

The Game runs 10:30am-12:00pm.

For More Information Contact:
Michelle Dupont
Marketing Assistant
Phone: 780-296-1004

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dog Mushing Schedule Changes

The Dog Mushing schedule for Monday, March 8 - Wednesday, March 10 has changed. Originally scheduled for 12:00-4:00pm, competition will run from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

2010 Arctic Winter Games Officially Underway with Sold Out Opening Ceremonies

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games are underway, in the Southern-most community to ever to host this biennial international celebration of sport and culture. Opening Ceremonies for the 21st set of Games were held Sunday, March 7 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

During the first half of “A Hero’s Journey” the audience enjoyed a unique combination of cultural entertainment, showcasing the cultural diversity and youthful spirit of the community of Grande Prairie.

Troyanda Ukranian Dancers, Hoop-dancer Amanda Syryda, Grande Prairie Pipes & Drums, the Hero’s Journey Mass Choir, and the Games Cultural Ambassador Celeigh Cardinal performed during the first act for a suspiciously half-empty arena - before the second act saw over 2,000 athletes, cultural participants and coaches fill in the entire floor and a portion of the stands.

Opening Ceremonies are the official start to the Games, which also saw the start of athletic competition today on the soccer pitch. Sport results are available via the Games website. Visit www.awg2010.org for a link to the Games Event Management System (GEMS) where you can search by sport, day, team, or athlete – or view the calendar for details on upcoming competitions.

Monday, March 8 will see competition in 19 of the Games’ 21 sports, as well as the start of FREE Lunchtime Cultural Performances. Each of the nine international contingents will share the cultures of their homelands as they perform alongside local talent, Monday through Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 at Prairie Mall, Second Street Theatre, and the Games Trading Post.

For Games participants, the journey continues with six more days of athletic competition, social interaction, and cultural exchange before Closing Ceremonies, Saturday, March 13.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ignite the Spirit of the Games

Accreditation Room Change

Volunteers who have yet to pick up their accreditation badge and uniform can do so at Grande Prairie Regional College Room H223.

The Accreditation Centre will be open:
Friday March 5, 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Daily during the Games, 7:00am - 11:00pm

For More Information please contact the Games Office at 780-538-4777.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

2010 Arctic Winter Games Meets Volunteer Recruitment Goals

With over 2,500 people registered to volunteer for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games the Grande Prairie Host Society has met their volunteer recruitment goal – and with less than a week before the Games get underway, organizers have shifted their focus to the important task of accreditation.

Director of Volunteers, Linda Craik says they're thrilled to have reached this important milestone, but the hard work is far from over. Dozens of volunteer Volunteer Coordinators have already spent a lot of time on the phone – calling everyone that's registered to ensure they have completed some crucial steps, and to schedule them for specific jobs and shifts.

"Only once you've cleared your RCMP Clearance, uploaded a photo, and been scheduled for jobs and shifts – can you come to a 'Volunteer Accreditation Day', where you will pick up your volunteer accreditation badge and uniform."

With two of four Accreditation Days completed, and hundreds of badges handed out, President Debbie Reid admits the accreditation process got off to a bit of a bumpy start, but she says the organization is dedicated to rectifying the situation.

"We have faced some challenges with the process, due partially to technical issues and partially because of the number of steps that are required prior to attending an Accreditation Day. But we know where the issues are and are working hard to get everyone to the stage where they can pick up their Accreditation Badge prior to the start of the Games. At this point we're asking our volunteers for a little patience and understanding." Reid says.

Organizers are encouraging those who haven't completed all the steps, or who aren't sure of their status to call 780-538-4777, or visit the Games Office in Ernie‟s Plaza. Remaining Accreditation Days will be held Saturday, February 27 from 10-4, and Tuesday, March 2 from 5-8, at Montrose Cultural Centre (the new library building).

President Debbie Reid admits feeling the swell of pride for these Games in our Community as people finalize their Games Volunteer experience. "We‟re starting to see people around town, not just in Gameswear – but in VOLUNTEER wear, and as the President of this volunteer-driven organization I can say it warms my heart."

For more information contact:

Michelle Dupont, Marketing Assistant
Grande Prairie 2010 Arctic Winter Games Host Society
Phone: 780-538-4777 Cell: 780-296-1004

Friday, February 26, 2010

Opening Ceremonies!

Tickets Almost Sold Out – Standing Room Only!

What do hundreds of entertainers, 7 Masters of Ceremonies, dozens of behind the scenes helpers, 157 professional concert lights, 2 large HDTV Screens, and over 2,000 screaming excited youth from around the Polar World have in common? They will all be part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games. Titled, “A Hero’s Journey,” our Ceremonies are a two part journey filled with emotion, excitement and incredible entertainment!

Co-Creators of these Ceremonies, Garry Oker and Wayne Ayling have created two entirely different, but equally spectacular shows.

- The first ever “Dance in the Dark” by 34 talented dancers- The World's first Indoor Northern Lights Display
- All nine contingents march into the arena to music from their own regions - Upbeat World Class Dance Music from around the Polar World!
- Moving live performances by our special 120 voice youth choir - Voices to move the most savage of cynical beasts! - The live singing of five national anthems!! - 157 professional concert lights including 54 moving lights – like at the Oscars!!!


~Opening Ceremonies: Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are On Sale Now!
Contact Crystal Centre Box Office
Call 780-538-0387
Or Click Here to Buy Online

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ULU for: February 5, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Host Society Announces Celeigh Cardinal as Cultural Ambassador

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games Host Society have named singer / songwriter Celeigh Cardinal as the Cultural Ambassador for this unique celebration of northern culture.

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Cardinal started singing at a very young age – learning pictures as cues for songs until she learned to read. As a young adult, her desire to pursue a career in music only grew stronger.

At 29, Celeigh Cardinal has now performed at hundreds of events and opened for such legends as the Beach Boys, and Buffy St. Marie. She has played with a number of bands and currently fronts an eclectic group of musicians with varied experience and influences, The Celeigh Cardinal Band explores rock, rhythm and blues to create an earthy, soulful musical experience.

Describing herself as ‘hardly an athlete,’ Cardinal says she was initially surprised when invited to be an ‘ambassador’ for the Games, but grew quite excited after learning more about the cultural component to the week-long event.

“Music, arts, crafts, food, fashion - this is where my heart feels at home.” Cardinal says, “I consider myself lucky to highlight the most unique parts of every individual – their culture! As a musician, and a Metis woman, I’ve always held strong to the richness of my heritage, making it a foundation to each of the many paths I’ve chosen to explore. It’s my hope that as Cultural Ambassador for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games I will have the opportunity to share the vibrant and energetic spirit of my people with those from within our region and around the world.”

2010 Host Society President Debbie Reid says Cardinal’s passion for her music and pride in her heritage made her an obvious choice to represent the Games’ unique cultural offerings, which include not only music, but visual, photographic, performance, and culinary art offerings as well.

For More Information on this, or other news stories click http://www.awg2010.org/news.aspx

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Hodgson Trophy

Ulus & Awards

For athletes at the Arctic Winter Games, there is no greater thrill than winning an ulu. The medal’s name and shape are borrowed from the all-purpose knife traditionally used by the Inuit. Ulus are awarded in bronze, silver, and gold; recognizing the hard work and commitment of athletes with a unique memento from the North.

For many of the sports featured in the Arctic Winter Games, medals are awarded at individual sport venues as winners are determined. Traditional ‘Medal Rounds’ will occur in only five of 21 sports; basketball, curling, hockey, soccer, and volleyball.

The Hodgson Trophy

Despite the obvious importance of a competitive spirit in athletic competitions, the Arctic Winter Games have always emphasized fair play over the need for victory. Since its introduction in 1978, the Hodgson Trophy symbolizes the ideals of fair play and team spirit, and is awarded to the participating contingent who best embodies those ideals. Team members also receive a unique pin in recognition of this accomplishment.

Donated by Commissioner Stuart Hodgson, this distinctive trophy is a one-of-a-kind piece of Inuit artwork from the Canadian Arctic. Its main feature is a six-foot high narwhal tusk mounted on a soapstone base and decorated with scrimshaw. A carved walrus wraps itself around the tusk at the base, and a carved bear clings to the tusk’s upper reaches, symbolizing the efforts of participants to reach for the top through their endeavors.

Votes from mission staff, registered coaches, major officials from each sport, Arctic Winter Games International Committee members, registered media, and the President, General Manager, and Sport Manager for the Host Society are tallied to award the trophy in a ceremony that highlights each Arctic Winter Games.

Previous Winners:

1978 – Alaska
1980-88 – Yukon
1990 – Alaska
1992 – Northwest Territories
1994 – Greenland
1996 – Northwest Territories
1998 – Yukon
2000 – Nunavut
2002 – Greenland
2004 – Nunavut
2006 – Alaska
2008 – Nunavut

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gameswar Friday's

We need YOUR Gameswear Fridays’ Photos!

Catch the crew in their Gameswear, or show how you’ve decorated your business for the Games!

Email to info@awg2010.org and you could be featured on the Games Website, or an upcoming issue of Ulu News.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Volunteer Rally - Saturday 23, 2010

- Register as a Volunteer

- Complete Security Clearance

- Get Your Accreditation Photo

- Choose Jobs

- Select Shifts

Get answers to ALL Your Games questions, direct from
representatives with each Division.

Montrose Cultural Centre
Teresa Sargent Hall
10:00 am - 3:00 pm