Nunavut wrestler goes for gold at Canada Summer Games – Nunatsiaq News
Aug 11, 2022
Inspired by his ancestors, Eekeeluak Avalak says ‘wrestling didn’t just change my life, it saved me’
Sometimes Eekeeluak Avalak’s wrestling matches don’t evolve so much as they explode.
Where other contests need a few moments to take shape — a move to the left, a shift to the right, someone reaches for a shoulder lock, the other one moves to block — Avalak often starts like a racehorse out of the gate.
It took only 13 seconds for the Team Nunavut member to win his first match at the Canada Summer Games on Tuesday morning in St. Catharines, Ont.
Avalak’s unbeaten record at the games means he advances Thursday to the individual semifinals and, possibly, a shot at a gold medal.
Team Nunavut has only one medal to its name since joining the Canada Games in 2001: a bronze in judo at the 2007 winter games.
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