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Soccer camp gaining steam

The Challenger Soccer Camp – perhaps better known as British soccer camp – was back in Hay River for another year last week, drawing record numbers. “It’s just growing and growing,” said Michelle Staszuk, organizer for the newly revitalized Elks soccer program. “This seems to have been the highest turnout so far.” With approximately 60 […]

Team NWT heads to games

Nearly two dozen young athletes from Hay River will be travelling to Regina later this month to take part in the North American Indigenous Games, where they will meet and test themselves against aboriginal athletes from all over the continent. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for them to learn about other aboriginal cultures […]

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Fun on the run at falls

The Hay River Road Runners Club will be taking off for a new challenge this weekend with a five-kilometre fun run at Alexandra Falls. “It’s all about building community and being active,” said Emma Harper, recreation programmer for the municipality. “That’s why we started the run club in the first place –  to give people […]

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Like attracts like

The competition to be named for male and female athlete of the year award is fierce at sport-oriented Diamond Jenness Secondary School, but that didn’t stop one couple from winning together. “I was pretty surprised to get it,” said Brooke Schaefer, who was presented with the female athlete of the year award at the convocation […]

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Slo-pitch back for another strong season

With even more teams on the roster than last year, the Hay River Mixed Slo-pitch League is growing again – both in size and popularity. “We have pretty much the same goals as last year,” said president of the league Rachel Daigneault-Durocher. “We want people to come out, have fun and play some good ball.” […]

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Soccer returns

After a season off, kids are back on the soccer field – some of them anyway. While there are more age-groups in the works, as of last week, only one team of players aged seven through nine were taking the field for practices twice a week under the banner of Elks Soccer. “There’s going to […]

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Some sports unsure of bid proposal

While the bid process for Hay River and Fort Smith to host the 2018 Arctic Winter Games continues, not all clubs are entirely on board. “People are asking us what we think of hosting the games,” said Hay River Ski Club committee member Chuck Lirette. “But at this point, we don’t really know what we’re […]

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Karate kids learn moves

The Hay River Karate Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and as part of season wrap-up has brought in a sensei from the south to lend a hand. “In the last 25 years, we’ve only brought someone in like this maybe five times,” said Alex Pinto, a member of the club and co-organizer […]

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Skatepark project moves forward

Nearly all the pieces are falling into place for the Hay River BMX/Skatepark Committee, with the site ready for work and the plan to see the new facility open by this fall. “Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have the plans, we just need to get the […]

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North American Indigenous Games calling for tryouts

Tryouts for the under-16 boys softball team sent to represent the NWT at this year’s North American Indigenous Games are coming up in Hay River and organizers are hoping young men turn up in full force. “I just hope they come out and have fun,” said Floyd Daniels, a coach in Hay River who is […]

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