Good sportsmanship, not Ulu medal count, determines Hodgson’s Trophy winner

Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Hodgson’s Trophy is given to the Arctic Winter Games contingent that demonstrates what Webster’s Dictionary defines as “a person (or persons) who can take loss of defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who treats their opponents with fairness, generosity, courtesy.”

While sportsmanship helps to define the camaraderie manifested by all throughout the Games, only one contingent will be given the coveted award.

The trophy is described as being an “actual piece of Inuit artwork. Its main feature is a more than 1.5 m. high narwhal tusk mounted on a soapstone base and decorated with scrimshaw. A carved walrus wraps itself around the tusk at the base, and a carved bear clings to the tusk’s upper reaches, symbolizing the efforts of participants to reach for the top through their endeavors.” The trophy was donated to the Games in 1978 by Stuart Hodgson, one of the Games’ founders.

Fair play pins are also awarded in recognition of an athlete, coach, official or other participant who displays good sportsmanship and fair play. These pins are awarded by International Committee members or on the recommendation of the Chef de Missions. Pin trading is an important cultural aspect of the AWG and these pins are considered a badge of honor and help to exemplify the spirit of the Games.

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