Welcome 2018

Welcome to 2018, the year that the Arctic Winter Games come to the South Slave! It’s hard to believe that after years of planning, the Games are only 70 days away. In just a few short weeks, over 2000 athletes from across the circumpolar world will arrive in the South Slave for a week of athletic competition, cultural exhibition, and social exchange.

I would like to kick off the New Year by thanking some very important people. Without them, the Games would not exist. Firstly, I would like to thank the South Slave community for their hard work and community spirit that have helped ensure these Games will be an event to remember. Their excitement is contagious, and I have no doubt they will make our visitors feel at home. 

Of course, our sponsors’ generous donations have also played a key role in making these Games a reality. 

Finally, the almost 1,000 volunteers that have signed up to share their time and expertise both before, during, and after the Games deserve a big thank you. When you see them around with their blue and black jackets in a few months, I hope you stop and thank them too!

To sign up to volunteer, log onto the AWG website at https://awg2018.org; select the dropdown menu “VOLUNTEER,” and choose the logo of the community in which you want to volunteer. The AWG team is currently collecting general contact information, skills, interests and abilities. These will help them assign the right people to the right roles that best suit their abilities.

We are also looking for community members in the South Slave who are willing to open up their homes to help us accommodate mission staff and specialist volunteers (such as doctors, performers, announcers, and security). If you are interested, please complete the billeting form (hyperlink here), and let us know a little but about yourself and what you have available. As Fort Smith and Hay River have limited accommodations available to rent, we would be very grateful for your famous Northern hospitality over March 18-24.

Wishing everyone across the circumpolar world a Happy New Year,

Greg Rowe, President
2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games