2007 Canada Winter Games

2007 Canada Winter Games

November 03, 2006 10:00 ET

2007 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay Completes Geographic Centre of Canada Challenge Event

Torch Relay and events throughout the territories lead up to Canada's multi-sport event

BAKER LAKE, NUNAVUT--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2006) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

Thundering across the arctic tundra by snowmobile, the Nunavut torch successfully completed its second Torch Relay challenge. This torch made its way to the Geographic Centre of Canada region near Baker Lake, NU as part of 2007 Canada Games Pan North Relay in late October, while the Yukon torch visited Tagish, YT, today.

"Our torch relay is spreading the spirit and message of the Canada Games to every corner of the North," said Pam Boyde, Torch Relay Chair. "It's building excitement and enthusiasm for our Games wherever it goes."

Spanning over 100,000 km across Canada's north, three torches, one representing each territory, will meet in Whitehorse, Yukon on February 23, 2007 to commence the first Canada Games north of the 60th parallel. Canada's top amateur athletes will compete for two weeks, with the Closing Ceremony taking place on March 10, 2007.

In a ceremony on Parliament Hill, the Torch Relay began on April 6, 2006 with the lighting of the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch. From Ottawa it traveled to Canadian Forces Base Alert in Nunavut where three distinct northern torches were lit. Each torch is made of hand-carved caribou antlers by Yukon sculptor Shane Wilson and designed to represent each of the host territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Once the torches reach the 2007 Canada Games Opening Ceremony on February 23, they will have visited 83 communities throughout the north and each torch will have completed two unique challenge events in its respective territory.

The Torch Relay not only brings the essence of the 2007 Canada Games to all reaches of the north, involving all forms of northern transportation, but also highlights the north's rich and diverse culture and natural heritage.

At this last major winter sporting event before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Canada's young athletes will compete in 22 sports. There will also be an exclusive competition of Traditional Northern Sports of Dene and Inuit Games. As well, the two-week celebration includes numerous cultural events featuring northern artists.

"The countdown is on," Boyde said. "Only three and a half months and 30 communities to go!"

For the remainder of this month, the Nunavut torch is off to Cape Dorset, Kitikmeot region, Kagaaruk and Taloyoak. The NWT torch will be in Ft. Liard and Deline and the Yukon torch in Whitehorse.

The 2007 Canada Games will be covered extensively on TSN/RDS, CBC and APTN. The Games will receive over 140 hours of coverage and will be the most broadcast Games to date.

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