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Inaugural Indigenous Summer Games draws to a close – NNSL Media

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 202280 Views

July 4, 2022

And with that, the inaugural Indigenous Summer Games have come to an end.

The four-day event, hosted by the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT, closed with medal presentations at St. Pat’s gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. It was a weekend bringing together close to 100 competitors from the NWT, Yukon and Alaska for a variety Northern and Dene games, such as ring toss, Dene wrestling, one-foot high kick and the knuckle hop, which was the final event of the weekend.

That’s where Chris Stipdonk cemented his legacy as one of the best to ever do it.

Stipdonk, originally from Fort Simpson but now living in Yellowknife, went in as the reigning world record holder in the discipline, setting the mark of 61.2 metres (200 ft., 8 in.), at the 2020 Arctic Winter Games trials in Inuvik. That beat the old record set by Alaska’s Rodney Worl at the 1988 Arctic Winter Games.

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