About 10 people have been practising and getting prepared for biathlon trials set to be held in the community in December.
“We need to get ready for that,” Hay River Ski Club president Pat Bobinski said Oct. 25.
The trials for ski and snowshoe biathlon will take place in Hay River Dec. 10 to Dec. 12.
There’s no estimate for how many people might come from across the territory for the trials, but he estimates between eight and 10 in total will come from the town, Fort Smith and Yellowknife. There’s at least one person expected to make the trip from Ulukhaktok, he said.
Trials are held to determine who should make Team NWT for the Arctic Winter Games.
A team of 16 will be selected – eight for skiing, eight for snowshoe.
The Games are scheduled to be held in Nuuk, Greenland in early March 2016.
Asked if there are any future stars he sees training so far, Bobinski chuckled.
“They’re all future stars. Some of them will hopefully make the Arctic Winter Games and maybe higher than that.”
Basketball trials for the Games will also be held in Hay River at the same time as the biathlon trials.
Wrestling trials are also expected to take place in the community from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16.
Breaker: Trails ready for snow
Bobinski said the trails have been prepared and are awaiting snow, which usually falls around Halloween.
“I’m not sure if it’s a Halloween joke or what,” he said.
Until then, the club has been preparing for the season by doing dry-land training, running and practising shooting.
“The trails were all cleared and brushed and are ready to go,” he said.
It takes a few days of work to get the trails clear of branches and brush.
Last February and March there was work being carried out around the ski club’s trails.
Fire Creek Resources Ltd. was hired to seal three leaking sour gas wells.
Some of the trees around the trails had to be cut down to make room for the drill rig that was used.
During a public meeting about the work earlier this month, company president Dean Casorso said the work was considered a success and the wells shouldn’t pose a problem for the club.
“It all turned out very well,” he said.
“Those wells aren’t leaking and testing was done a couple weeks ago – yes, it went well,” he said.