It’s only been 2 days and it is starting to feel like a long week.
The Team NWT athletes saw an early start to their day yesterday. The Golfers had been playing since 6:00 am. Most would finish at the bottom of their groups. Even the North American Indigenous Games standout, Deanne Whenham, placed just 29th out of 31.
Team NWT’s lone Tennis player, Tamara Jovic, was just about swept in 2 sets (1-6, 0-6). She will no longer participate in the tournament.
The Men and Women’s Volleyball Team’s did not fair any better. The Men lost to both Alberta and Newfoundland, and the women lost their only game of the day to New Brunswick.
The Men’s Soccer Team was the main event for the night, and it culminated in a 4-0 loss to New Brunswick. Despite back-to-back 4-0 losses, the NWT Men’s Soccer Team is on-pace for an all-time performance by NWT Soccer at the Summer Games.
The Northwest Territories Swim Team did not walk away with the best results. After qualifying for multiple finals, 3 of the 4 competitors finished last in each of their races.
The lone highlight, maybe even on the day, was 14-year old Gabriel Leclerc swimming his way to a finals spot in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke. Leclerc finished with a time of 32.04, good enough for 8th.
‘You Can Play‘
Today will be used to promote ‘You Can Play’ at all NWT events. Athletes, coaches and volunteers have the option of wearing special You Can Play jerseys featuring a modified Team NWT rainbow insignia.
The jerseys will be worn to signify the territory’s belief that anyone deserves the opportunity to participate in sports; regardless of age, ethnicity, birthplace, sexual orientation or sexual identity.
The team believes strongly in You Can Play’s message. The athletes will support inclusivity in sport across Canada Games venues and events on Wednesday. To Team NWT’s knowledge, they are, “the only province or territory attending the Canada Games to supply athletes, coaches and volunteers with uniforms promoting inclusivity and equality.”
You can watch a new You Can Play video and associated images on Team NWT’s social channels on Wednesday. For reference, their initial video in partnership with You Can Play from 2016 is here.
The Golfers had another early rise this morning, starting at 6:00 am. They’ll have a long week, playing through to Friday.
The NWT Volleyball Teams have another day in action. The Men’s team will play 2 games: Ontario and New Brunswick. The Women will face off against Newfoundland.
The only other action on tap for today is Swimming. There are 2 sessions today. The first begins at 8:30 am and the other at 3:30 pm.
You can catch all of the action on TV or you can watch the streaming webcast here.