Just before the kick, a hush fell over the gymnasium at Kenai Central High School. With a pause and a rocketing leap, Team Alaska’s Tanya Slim from Kipnuk tied the junior women’s Alaskan high kick record of 5’10” and will take home a gold Ulu from Tuesday’s Arctic Winter Games.
Alaskan high kick participants in the junior men and women events included, Alaska, Yukon, Greenland, Nunavik Quebec, Nunavut, Alberta North and Northwest Territories.
The junior men’s first place winner was won by Nunavut’s Bradley Lasutisluk who leaped 6’4”.
Team Alaska’s Simeon Aluska, a 13-year-old from Toksook Bay who stands 5’4”, made his 6’ foot kick with ease and took 4th in the competition.
“Team Alaska junior men are doing good; some coming from the villages were a little nervous at first but are now beginning to relax,” said Sam Strange, Team Alaska’s junior men’s coach. “They are 13- and 14-years-old competing against boys two and three years older than them,” he said.
Competing in the Inuit games is a family affair for second time Games’ competitor, Veronica McDonald, an 11-year-old from Northwest Territories. Her grandfather, Tim McDonald, is a Games veteran and her mother has been a competitor in the last 10 games. “I compete in all the events, its cool,” Veronica said.
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