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Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games rescheduled for early 2023

RMWB Council and Arctic Winter Games committee members celebrate the awarding of the 2022 Arctic Winter Games to Wood Buffalo at Macdonald Island on February 8, 2019. Photo taken by Phil Wood.

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – The Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games have been rescheduled for early 2023.

Originally set for March 2022, the Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC) opted to postpone the event in response to the ongoing challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new dates have been announced as January 29 to February 4, 2023.

“The International Committee engaged in a collaborative process with stakeholders to ensure a rescheduled Games – set against full sport event calendars, active venues and busy teams – was achievable,” AWGIC President John Flynn said in a press release issued on Tuesday. “We are extremely delighted to have rescheduled the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games to a date that accommodates both the host community and Host Society as well as our valued Chefs de Mission from Participating Units. We truly miss our northern neighbours and look forward to seeing them again in 2023.”

Once the games converge on the Wood Buffalo region, there will be up to 2,000 youth athletes participating.

“The Host Society is excited to welcome the Circumpolar North in 2023 as we continue to serve the community and share the spirit of the Games,” said Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Co-Char Melissa Blake. “We are confident in the planning that has taken place thus far and look forward to providing a safe world class experience here in Wood Buffalo. We would like to recognize the continued commitment the AWGIC has displayed to our region. It will indeed be our time to shine with the support of our partners, volunteers and our community.”

More information on the Arctic Winter Games can be found HERE.