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Over 40 people from Wood Buffalo to take part in Arctic Winter Games

(Photo Supplied: Team Alberta North athletes will get to sport these toques in Greenland. Team Alberta / TWITTER)

Over 40 athletes, mission staff, coaches and cultural participants will represent the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Team Alberta North at the Arctic Winter Games.

Team Alberta North will have 239 members representing 34 communities north of the 55th parallel at the Games in Nuuk, Greenland.

“These Games are unique blend of sport and culture we are proud to support Team Alberta North and the Arctic Winter Games,” said John Short, Chair of the Alberta Sport Connection. “We wish these talented athletes from northern Alberta all the best in pursuing their athletic goals and know that the unique experience of these ‘friendly games’ will stay with them forever.”

Members hailing from the RMWB come from all corners of the Municipality including Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Anzac, and Fort MacKay.

The Arctic Winter Games brings together athletes from Alaska, Greenland, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunavut, Yukon, Russia, and Northern Scandinavia.

Team Alberta will compete in 13 different sports and culture events including: snowshoeing; alpine skiing; biathlon; cross country skiing; hockey; Dene Games; Arctic sports; wrestling and volleyball.

In 2004 the Arctic Winter Games were held here in Wood Buffalo.