Tim Dillon, Chris Hayes and Sparky Anderson present the local Arctic Winter Games organization's plans for alpine skiing and snowboard events during a meeting of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee in Kenai Thursday afternoon. Delegates will hear presentations from each of the committees responsible for staging the event next March.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
With the Arctic Winter Games just over four months away, international representatives from the various northern countries participating in the Games are in town, getting their first glimpses of where their teams will compete.
“We’ve got folks here from Saamiland, Russia every delegation that’s going to compete there’s at least two people here this weekend, some with interpreters,” said Tim Dillon, general manager for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.
The purpose of the visit from the Chefs de Mission (which translates to Chiefs of the Mission) is to attend a series of meetings that began Thursday morning and run through Saturday evening.
“Each of the different committees is presenting. They’re basically sharing with everyone what they are doing and how they are going to do it,” Dillon said.
These meetings also are a time for international representatives to ask questions about points of interest or areas of concern.
Dillon said questions already have ranged from generalities such as where various sporting events will be held, to more specific questions such as who will monitor the temperature, humidity and depth of snow so skiers will know which wax to use for the ski events.
Ian Legaree of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, questions a a local committee member about an organizational detail.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
“Overall, things are going very, very well,” Dillon said Thursday afternoon. “We’re trying to take away any feelings of apprehension that are so common with traveling.”
One way the host society attempted to do this was by planning a scavenger hunt in the evenings, so out-of-town representative can learn the lay of the land.
“We thought it would be a fun way for them to familiarize themselves with the different venues. They have to go place to place, collecting clues and doing a variety of other things.
“Hopefully, everyone can enjoy themselves while learning as much as possible along the way,” Dillon said.
The Arctic Winter Games includes about 20 events, including basketball, mushing, a snowshoe biathlon, badminton, indoor soccer, skiing, speed skating, wrestling and snowboarding.
The event is touted by organizers as the northern circumpolar region’s premier multisport and cultural event for youth.
It is scheduled to take place March 5-11. Dillon has said the event likely won’t return to the peninsula in a generation.
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