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HISTORY OF THE CANADA GAMES
WINTER & SUMMER

The Canada Games is a high-level multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years in Canada, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. Athletes are strictly amateur only, and represent their province or territory. Since their inception, the Canada Games have played a prominent role in developing some of Canada's premier athletes, including Lennox Lewis, Catriona LeMay Doan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sidney Crosby, Steve Nash, Suzanne Gaudet and David Ling.

The thought of staging the Canada Games first arose in 1924, at a meeting in Winnipeg of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada. For more than 40 years it remained a frequent subject of discussion. Finally, in 1966 in Quebec City, the governments of Canada and Quebec gave their joint approval to a proposal to hold the first Games the following year.

A small voluntary committee of businessmen and educators was established. Planning and organization were hurriedly begun. The event was designed to coincide with Canada's 1967 Centennial celebrations.

The first Winter Games were an outstanding success. Despite monumental problems of planning, financing, logistics, and eventually abnormal snow and cold -- minus 37 C. for the opening ceremonies -- a makeshift torch was set alight.

These words, spoken by Marilyn Malenfant, a young competitor in the Games, from the steps of Quebec's National Assembly, exemplify the Games spirit:

"I seek fear, to master it;
Weariness, to test my mettle;
Hardship, to conquer it;
Glory, to share it with my brothers;
And I shall compete loyally."

Since then, at two year intervals, eighteen more ceremonial torches have been ignited to signal the start of successive Canada Games. With Prince Edward Island having hosted the 1991 Winter Games, each province has now hosted the Games at least once, with several having hosted twice already.

An estimated 45,000 young Canadians have participated in the Games. Another 180,000 have engaged in try-outs and qualifying events. Many millions of Canadians have watched the Games either first-hand or on television, and over 67,000 have volunteered.

Over 40 different sports have shared the spotlight in Summer or Winter Games. Each one has grown in popularity by having been on the sports calendar. Unfortunately, lack of time, space, funding and other considerations has prevented many more sports from participating in the Games as often as they might wish.

From a modest initial investment of approximately $800,000 in public funds in 1967, the Games have grown in size, scope, complexity and cost. The 2001 Games in London project gross revenues of over $15 million from three levels of government, corporate sponsorships, ticket and merchandise sales and other marketing initiatives. This is in addition to the contributions of the participating provinces and territories in training and outfitting their athletes, which will account for an estimated $5 million.

Cumulatively, over $230 million has been invested in the Canada Games since their inception, about half of it in capital projects. From track and field complexes to ski hills, soccer pitches to swimming pools, a legacy of sports facilities has been built up in 19 medium-sized communities across Canada. These facilities have provided a springboard for growth in sports excellence and fitness, as well as for the training of coaches, technical officials, and sport administrators.

Perhaps just as important, has been the human legacy bequeathed to these scattered Canadian cities and towns. Communities such as Thunder Bay, Chicoutimi-Jonquière, Saint John and Saskatoon have recruited thousands of willing volunteers to share the host role. With experience gained from the Games, they have gone on to assume other important commitments in their communities. They have left a record of giving and sharing which no amount of bricks and mortar or money can match.

The character of the Games has changed little over the years, although the 1990s have seen an increased importance on sport development. National and provincial sport organizations will increase their emphasis on building a comprehensive Canadian sport system, and host communities will be challenged with creating facilities and programs that will serve sport needs long after the Games have left.

2007CANADA WINTER GAMES WHITEHORSE

Alpine Skiing (Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G)
Archery(Indoor)
Artistic Gymnastics
Badminton
Biathlon
Boxing (Male)
Cross Country Skiing
Curling
Fencing
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Hockey
Judo
Ringette (Female)
Shooting (Air Pistol and Air Rifle)
Speed Skating
Squash
Synchronized Swimming (Female)
Table Tennis
Wheelchair Basketball (Mixed)
Demonstration sport: Snowboarding

2009 CANADA SUMMER GAMES PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Athletics
Baseball (Male)
Basketball
Canoeing (Flat water racing, Canoe and Kayak)
Cycling (Road and Mountain Bike)
Diving
Golf
Rowing
Rugby (Male)
Sailing
Soccer
Softball (Female)
Swimming
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball (Indoor and Beach)
Wrestling
 

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Winter Games to make broadcast history


TSN Release
5/9/2006 1:07:41 PM


The 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon is set to become the most televised Canada Games ever in the 40 year history of the competition.

TSN and RDS along with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and CBC Sports will be the official broadcasters of the Games, scheduled to take place from February 24 to March 10 in 2007.

In total, 130 broadcast hours will be devoted to the competition including 50 hours of coverage supplied by TSN.

TSN / RDS televised the 1997 Canada Games in Brandon, Manitoba, the 2001 Games in London and the 2003 Games in Bathurst-Campbellton.

The Winter Games of 2003 in New Brunswick were previously the most broadcast Games.

"The Canada Games Council's new emphasis on building brand equity and promoting our unique stories to the entire country has forced us to take a good look at how we have been covered in the past and to optimize partnerships that will improve our exposure as we move forward," says Sue Hylland President and CEO for the Canada Games Council.

"With Canada Games alumni accounting for more than half of the medalists at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Turin, a pattern that has been on the rise in recent years, the relationships we have been able to establish with television broadcasters for the 2007 Canada Games will allow us to broadcast our stories of Canada's next generation national, international and Olympic champions."

"TSN is thrilled to continue its involvement with the Canada Games," said Phil King, President, TSN. "We are proud to support Canadian amateur sports and offer these world-class athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a national audience."

APTN will become the Official Aboriginal Broadcaster of the Games with on-going sports and cultural coverage as well as simulcast coverage in aboriginal languages. The final broadcast schedule should have APTN broadcasting 22 hours of the 15 day Games. APTN broadcast the 2005 Canada Summer Games closing ceremonies nationally from Regina. The 2007 Canada Winter Games will be the first time APTN will broadcast the Games for the two weeks of sporting events.

"This is the first time APTN will broadcast the Canada Games and we are extremely pleased that we can share this world-class sporting event with our viewers in some Aboriginal languages," said APTN CEO Jean LaRose. "Sport brings communities together while giving our youth strong role models they can look up to. We hope this will help establish a long-term relationship with the Canada Games organizers and that these games will become a tradition on our network," he added.

CBC Sports has seen the Canada Games evolve and have shown their commitment to the Games by broadcasting the event on radio and then television on through much of its 40 year history. CBC will broadcast 18 hours of national coverage for the duration of the Games. The coverage will include highlights of both the opening and closing ceremonies, sports coverage on Sports Saturday and Sundays and a half hour highlight show each weekday of the two week Games.

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2007 Canada Winter Games TSN Schedule

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---Date----------------- Event--------------------Time ---

February 24, 2007 ----- Men's Hockey: Saskatchewan vs. Alberta --------- 11:30 pm ET

February 25, 2007 ----- Short Track Speed Skating --------------------------- 11:30 pm ET

February 26, 2007 ----- Men's Hockey: Nova Scotia vs. Quebec ------------ 02:30 pm ET

February 26, 2007 ----- Men's Hockey: Ontario vs. Manitoba --------------- 11:30 pm ET

February 27, 2007 ----- Men's Hockey: Quarterfinal -------------------------- 01:30 pm ET

February 28, 2007 ----- Women's Curling: Alberta vs. Nova Scotia -------- 12:00 pm ET

March 01, 2007 --------- Women's Curling: Ontario vs. Manitoba ----------- 11:30 am ET

March 02, 2007 --------- Short Track Speed Skating - Relays ---------------- 12:00 am ET

March 02, 2007 --------- Men's Hockey: Bronze Medal ------------------------ 03:00 pm ET

March 02, 2007 --------- Men's Hockey: Gold Medal --------------------------- 11:30 pm ET

March 05, 2007 --------- Men's Curling: Ontario vs. PEI ---------------------- 11:30 pm ET

March 06, 2007 --------- Women's Hockey: Quebec vs. New Brunswick -- 12:00 am ET

March 06, 2007 --------- Men's Curling: Saskatchewan vs. Ontario -------- 11:30 am ET

March 07, 2007 --------- Men's Curling: Manitoba vs. PEI -------------------- 11:30 am ET

March 08, 2007 --------- Boxing: Semifinals ------------------------------------- 12:30 am ET

March 09, 2007 --------- Women's Hockey: Quarterfinals -------------------- 12:00 am ET

March 09, 2007 --------- Boxing: Semifinals ------------------------------------- 01:00 pm ET

March 10, 2007 --------- Men's Curling: Gold Medal --------------------------- 12:00 am ET

* - Schedule subject to change
 

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Whitehorse opens Canada Winter Games


The Canadian Press
2/23/2007 10:10:39 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - The Yukon showed Friday it can party just as hard as the rest of the country.

Whitehorse put on a show rich in northern pageantry at a stirring opening ceremony to kick off the 2007 Canada Winter Games, the first ever held north of the 60th parallel. Dozens of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, attended the two-hour kickoff to the Games.

"From east to west, from north to south, isn't it great to be Canadian?" Harper asked a screaming mob of nearly 4,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans. "Seeing the faces of you young athletes, I know these are going to be the best Canada Games yet."

Northern hospitality was the focus of the ceremony, beginning with a pre-recorded message from Yukon mayor Bev Buckway and featuring a number of local singers, dancers and performing artists in one of the grandest-ever showcases of Northern entertainment.

While temperatures outside hovered near minus-30 C, the atmosphere inside was white-hot. Athletes chanted, waved and tossed souvenirs into the ATCO Place crowd as they marched into the venue. Harper offered waves and applause as each team passed by.

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Imrie looking to avenge near-misses


Canadian Press
2/24/2007 3:54:24 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - In the Manitoba media guide for the Canada Winter Games, Megan Imrie lists a lofty goal: reaching the podium in every race.

And after enduring a string of near-misses at the 2003 Games, the 21-year-old biathlete won't settle for anything less.

"I know the rest of my competitors from across Canada, and I know what I'm capable of doing in international competition," said Imrie. "That should translate into podium finishes."

Imrie's confidence is well-founded, given that she is enjoying a breakout season. The Falcon Lake, Man., native has dazzled overseas, finishing 10th in the 12.5-kilometre individual event at last month's world junior championships in Martell, Italy.

Fresh off her best-ever international campaign, Imrie is carrying plenty of momentum heading into competition. And with media coverage at an all-time high at these Winter Games, she believes a strong showing back home will provide some much-needed attention for both her and the sport.

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Saskatchewan siblings medal in Whitehorse


Canadian Press
2/25/2007 9:28:39 PM


Saskatchewan siblings Marsha and Austin Hudey cemented a place in Canada Games history, finishing on the podium in the first two medal events of the Games.

Austin Hudey captured silver Saturday in the first medal competition of the Games, the men's 500-metre long-track speed skating event. Richard MacLellan of Ontario won gold in one minute 21.08 seconds, with Hudey second in 1:21.12 and Ontario's Patrick Marsh third in 1:21.32.

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Men's Hockey: Ontario thumps PEI


Canadian Press
2/25/2007 9:26:25 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - Ontario's men's hockey team wasn't at its best in an 11-3 win over Prince Edward Island to open the Canada Games tournament.

And as the score indicates, it didn't have to be.

Knowing the overmatched P.E.I. team would provide little challenge, the Ontario players and coaching staff used the game to work on various strategies and line combinations.

Ontario forward Steven Stamkos welcomed the early rout, especially since most of the players were a little nervous at the outset.

''It was good that maybe we played a weaker opponent in the first game, just to get the jitters out,'' Stamkos prior to Sunday's practice. ''Getting the early win also gives us some confidence going into the next games. It's going to get a lot tougher here on in.''

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Ontario cruises at Canada Winter Games

The Canadian Press
Last Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2007 | 12:26 AM ET


Team Ontario's ringette team is bulldozing the competition at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.

Bryanna Kelly of Beamsville scored twice and added three assists to lift the Ontarians to a 9-2 thrashing of British Columbia on Saturday in a chilly Canada Games Centre arena.

Ashley Rheaume of Ottawa also had a pair of goals for Ontario (2-0), which has outscored B.C. and Prince Edward Island by a ridiculous 16-2 margin over its first two games.

Saturday's game was decided early in the second period, when Ontario reached the seven-goal mercy rule for the second straight day. The rest of the game amounted to little more than a glorified scrimmage.

Kelly said the result surprised her.

"We've tied [B.C.] before," she said. "We expected a much tougher game."

Ontario, considered one of the gold-medal favourites, opened the scoring 25 seconds into the game, then reeled off seven straight goals after B.C. tied it up.

The game became predictably rough after Ontario built a big lead, with both teams trading body-contact, boarding and tripping penalties.

"I think [chippiness] is always expected whenever a team falls behind by a lot and isn't expecting to," said Rheaume.

Shelagh Rouse of Waterloo, Lindsay Armstrong of Metcalfe, Kristin Johnston of Ajax, Carling Munro of Holland Landing and Natasha Cote of Ottawa added singles for Ontario, which takes on Nova Scotia on Sunday before a showdown with Quebec on Monday that will likely decide first place in Pool B.

Danielle Krusel of Langley and Amanda Pukalo of Richmond countered for B.C. (0-1), which faces P.E.I. on Sunday morning and tangles with Quebec in the afternoon.

Some skating events postponed due to cold

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Medal Standings

February 25, 2007

Province/Territory ----- Gold - Silver - Bronze - Total

Saskatchewan --------------- 1 ------- 1 ------- 0 -------- 2

Ontario ------------------------ 1 ------- 0 ------- 1 -------- 2

Alberta ------------------------- 0 ------- 1 ------- 0 -------- 1

Quebec ------------------------ 0 ------- 0 ------- 1 -------- 1

British Columbia -------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Manitoba ---------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

New Brunswick --------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Newfoundland & Labrador - 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Northwest Territories -------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nova Scotia -------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nunavut ------------------------ 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Prince Edward Island -------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Yukon --------------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0
 

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Medal Standings

February 26, 2007

Province/Territory ----- Gold - Silver - Bronze - Total

Quebec ------------------------ 2 ------- 3 ------- 3 -------- 8

Ontario ------------------------ 4 ------- 0 ------- 3 -------- 7

Alberta ------------------------ 1 ------- 2 ------- 1 -------- 4

Saskatchewan --------------- 1 ------- 2 ------- 0 -------- 3

Manitoba ---------------------- 0 ------- 1 ------- 0 -------- 1

British Columbia -------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 1 -------- 1

New Brunswick --------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Newfoundland & Labrador - 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Northwest Territories ------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nova Scotia ------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nunavut ----------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Prince Edward Island ------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Yukon -------------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0
 

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These curling kids are alright


Canadian Press
2/27/2007 4:44:35 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - Yukon third Chelsea Duncan and skip Sarah Koltun were quite the chatterboxes in Tuesday's 11-1 rout of Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games.

What did the two young ladies spend so much time talking about? "We talk about what we're going to do the next shot, or the next day," said Koltun. "We used to talk about other stuff . . . bad stuff. Stuff you're not supposed to talk about out there. Gossip and things like that. But now we're focused."

Curling fans have done plenty of talking themselves in Whitehorse, where the hosts improved to 1-1 heading into an afternoon matchup against Nova Scotia. Koltun showed little mercy against a Nunavut team making its Games debut, scoring six points on steals before putting the game away with a four-point fifth end.

Expectations are low for the Whitehorse rink, which includes Koltun, second Tessa Vibe and lead Linea Eby - all just 13 years old. Duncan, the senior citizen of the group, is 14.

Koltun made history by becoming the youngest-ever female to skip at the Canadian junior curling championships earlier this month in St. Catharines, Ont. Though her team struggled to a 1-11 record, the event provided the players with exposure to elite-level curling competition.

Considering they've only been playing together since September, and that Vibe only took up the sport eight months ago, experience at the national level was just what the foursome needed.

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Medal Standings

February 27, 2007

Province/Territory ----- Gold - Silver - Bronze - Total

Quebec ------------------------ 6 ------- 6 ------- 6 ------ 18

Alberta ------------------------ 3 ------- 4 ------- 1 -------- 8

Ontario ------------------------ 4 ------- 0 ------- 4 -------- 8

Saskatchewan --------------- 1 ------- 2 ------- 0 -------- 3

British Columbia ------------- 0 ------- 1 ------- 2 -------- 3

Manitoba ---------------------- 0 ------- 1 ------- 1 -------- 2

New Brunswick --------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Newfoundland & Labrador - 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Northwest Territories -------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nova Scotia -------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Nunavut ------------------------ 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Prince Edward Island -------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0

Yukon --------------------------- 0 ------- 0 ------- 0 -------- 0
 

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CWG: Alberta, Ontario into ringette final


The Canadian Press
2/28/2007 9:07:40 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - Alberta and Ontario will face off for the ringette championship at the Canada Winter Games after winning their semifinal matches Wednesday.

Alberta advanced to Thursday's final with a 5-3 win over Quebec. Jennifer Hartley of Balzac led Alberta with two goals and two assists. Jessica Pepper of Laval had a pair of goals for Quebec.

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Manitoba's Jones captures archery gold


Canadian Press
2/28/2007 9:28:25 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - Just about everyone expected Manitoba's Doris Jones to win gold in Wednesday's archery competition at the Canada Games.

Just about everyone was correct. Jones entered the compound individual event as a heavy favourite and the Selkirk, Man., native left with the gold medal, beating Alberta's Ashley Wallace 118-113 in the championship match.

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Nova Scotia, PEI collect first medals


Canadian Press
2/28/2007 9:31:52 PM


WHITEHORSE (CP) - Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island both picked up their first medal of the Canada Games in the judo ring.

Matthew Vaughan of Halifax captured a silver in the men's under-60-kilogram category, losing in the championship match to Sergio Pessoa of Quebec. Vaughan, the 2006 Atlantic champion in his weight category, earned a trip to the final with victories over Jeffrey LaRocque of Saskatchewan, Andrew White of Newfoundland and Labrador and Joshua Shannon of New Brunswick.

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Yukon talks up curling at Canada Winter Games


The Canadian Press
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | 3:52 AM ET


Yukon third Chelsea Duncan and skip Sarah Koltun were quite the chatterboxes in Tuesday's 11-1 rout of Nunavut at the Canada Winter Games.

What did the two young ladies spend so much time talking about?

"We talk about what we're going to do the next shot or the next day," said Koltun. "We used to talk about other stuff … bad stuff.

"Stuff you're not supposed to talk about out there, gossip and things like that. But now we're focused."

Curling fans have done plenty of talking themselves in Whitehorse, where the hosts improved to 1-1 heading into an afternoon matchup against Nova Scotia.

Koltun showed little mercy against a Nunavut team making its Games debut, scoring six points on steals before putting the game away with a four-point fifth end.

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Medal Standings

February 28, 2007

Province/Territory ----- Gold - Silver - Bronze - Total

Quebec ----------------------- 14 ------- 09 ------- 12 ------- 35

Ontario ----------------------- 11 ------- 05 ------- 08 -------- 24

Alberta ------------------------ 06 ------- 06 ------- 07 -------- 19

British Columbia ------------- 02 ------- 09 ------- 07 -------- 18

Saskatchewan --------------- 02 ------- 03 ------- 01 -------- 06

Manitoba ---------------------- 00 ------- 02 ------- 03 -------- 05

New Brunswick --------------- 00 ------- 00 ------- 03 -------- 03

Nova Scotia -------------------- 00 ------- 01 ------- 00 -------- 01

Prince Edward Island -------- 00 ------- 00 ------- 01 -------- 01

Newfoundland & Labrador -- 00 ------- 00 ------- 00 -------- 00

Northwest Territories -------- 00 ------- 00 ------- 00 -------- 00

Nunavut ------------------------ 00 ------- 00 ------- 00 -------- 00

Yukon --------------------------- 00 ------- 00 ------- 00 -------- 00
 

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Howard a nervous parent at Canada Games


The Canadian Press
3/1/2007 3:55:14 PM


Howard's daughter Ashley is the skip for the New Brunswick women's team at the Canada Winter Games, carrying on a family legacy her father began over three decades ago. Ashley Howard's rink finished the round-robin at 3-2 following Thursday's 5-4 win over Prince Edward Island.

For Russ Howard, seeing his daughter compete on the national stage while being reduced to a spectator borders on unbearable - a natural reaction for the 50-year-old known around the curling world for his gravelly-voiced grunts and shouts.

"It's really different, I'll tell you," said Howard, who won world championships in 1987 and 1993. "As a parent, you want to help.

"My daughter doesn't need any help, don't get me wrong, but it's tough. You're sitting in the crowd going, 'Maybe they can take a little more ice,' or 'Maybe they should call this shot.'

"You kind of want to yell out from the bleachers. It's tough, to be honest with you. It's gruelling."

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Ontario reigns supreme in ringette at Canada Winter Games


CBC Sports
Friday, March 2, 2007 | 12:25 AM ET


Two-time defending champion Ontario was a runaway winner over Alberta in Thursday's ringette final at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.

Deanna Dadalt of Whitby, Ont., scored a hat trick as Ontario prevailed 9-2 over Alberta for its third consecutive gold medal.

The victory punctuated an undefeated tournament for Ontario, which has three golds and a silver since ringette was introduced at the 1991 Canada Games in Charlottetown.

"It feels amazing," said Ontario forward Bryanna Kelly, who provided two assists.

"We have been training all year and we finally accomplished what we wanted to do."

Quebec edged Manitoba 2-1 for the bronze medal.

Shelagh Rouse of Waterloo, Ont., and Kristin Johnson, from Ajax, Ont., each tallied twice for Ontario, while Ottawa's Natasha Cote had four assists.

Meghan Pittaway of Cambridge, Ont., posted 34 saves in the win.

"I think their defence did an excellent job of tying up our forwards," Alberta head coach Sheri McKenzie said. "They took our speed game away from us from the get-go.

"I think their goaltender was the MVP of the game for them. She made some huge saves."

Six straight goals

Ontario led 2-1 before pulling away with six straight goals.

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Demonstration sports popular at Canada Winter Games


The Canadian Press
Thursday, March 1, 2007 | 2:12 AM ET


The term "demonstration sport" has never meant more to the Canada Winter Games than it does this year in Whitehorse.

Inuit and Dene games are making their first appearance at the multi-sport event and, while the results won't be included in the official medal standings, that hasn't stopped spectators from streaming into F.H. Collins Secondary School to catch a glimpse of the action.

Featuring sports like the one-foot-high kick, the finger pull and blanket toss, Inuit and Dene games provide more than just competition among territories — they reveal intimate details about Northern culture that most people in the rest of the country aren't familiar with.

The competitions are unusual compared to normal Canada Games events.

In Wednesday's marquee event, the swing kick, athletes begin seated with a large rubber band wrapped around the back of their neck and the back of their legs, so their knees are nearly touching their chins.

After lifting themselves off the ground with their arms, the competitors then swing their legs vertically in an attempt to hit a suspended target.

In order to record a successful "kick," the athlete must keep both legs together when hitting the target and must remain balanced.

Nunavut and the host Yukon both enjoyed medal hauls Wednesday.

Kelly Kenalogak of Nunavut captured gold in the women's swing kick, clearing 1.32 metres.

Gabrielle Thorsen-Herdes and Anya Zimmerman of the Yukon won silver and bronze, respectively, both clearing 1.22 metres.

In the men's competition, Nunavut's Tootoo Tanuyak captured gold with an effort of 1.63 metres, with Joshua Carr and Tom Folup of the Yukon placing second and third at 1.60 metres.

Tanuyak was thrilled about winning gold with friends, family and teammates in attendance.

"It feels really good to win," said Tanuyak, who came within five centimetres of reaching his personal high.

"I wanted to set a new best, but I'm really happy."

Swing kick stresses respect

The event stresses respect above all.

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