Iqaluit AWR Champonship 2009

For the second edition of the Arctic Wind Riders' Championship we received the participation of 15 enthusiast young riders from nine (9) northern communities , from Nunavut and Nunavik. During the whole four days of racing, we were blessed to get great wind, every day, all day, blowing from the north at 20 to 50 Km/h. The snow conditions on the bay were ideal for speed, yet challenging with hard wind pack snow waves. 

Participants had the chance to challenge their personal limits, measure themselves to their pears in six triangle races, tree speed runs, and one marathon (long distance). Overall, I believe we can say the 2009 Arctic Wind Riders' Championship was a success in every way.

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Overall results

Sandy Haukai from Kangirsuk finished first on the overall results for the second year in a row, Philippe Perron from Kuujjuaq finished second. Minnie Annahatak from Kangirsuk, the only girl in this year championship, ended-up taking the third place by showing perseverance and endurance. She shared the third place with Eepa Qappik from Pangnirtung and Wayne Putulik from Whale Cove. 


Triangle Race


Sandy Haukai, (Thunder) a four year veteran paraskier, came to Iqaluit with the objective to win his second title, and he did. Still, he was under constant pressure by Philippe Perron who has shown great improvement over last years, finishing often in the top three.




Speed Runs


This year speed runs was marked by the performance of a 2009 recruit from Pond Inlet, Daniel Inuarak who finished first execo with George Pilurtuut from Kangiqsujuaq both reaching speed of 58 km/h. Daniel 20 Y/O had only five (5) days of riding experience.




Long distance


Eepa Qappik from Pangnirtung won the long distance race which was characterized by a long upwind run in challenging snw waves. Daniel Inuarak proved he is now a dangerous contestant finishing second.





From Iqaluit

From Iqaluit, the two fresh recruits also distinguished themselves; Caleb Little for his athletic skills promises to be a top contestant in next year championship, and young and light Nathan Nevin has demonstrated endurance and perseverance by finishing every races he entered. These two new recruits also received prices for their exceptional sportsmanship.

Overall this race held during Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit benefited from constant powerful win, like we like it, excellent snow base and was marked by the enthusiasm of the participants and great coordination executed by experienced race master Alain Bernier as well as Instructor & race assistant Sonia Dion and cameraman Charles Guillot.

The 15 representatives of the 9 northern communities showed great sportsmanship and most were present to every day races from 9 to 4, even in days that sometime reached -38 with the windshield factor.

Most participants were aged between 17-21. They all had time to get to know each others, exchange on their passion and develop friendship between the races, in the wind shelter built on the see ice, and at the Grind & Brew; our Base Camp for the week.


Special Thanks

This incredible championship was made possible by the support of many partners including: First air, Sport Nunavut, Embrace Life council, Brighter Future, The City of Iqaluit, Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, QITC, ParaskiFlex & Louis Garneau.

I would also like to thank Amy Elgersma, Director of the Youth Center, Iqaluit mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik as well as Brian the owner of the Grind & Brew, without whom this event would not have been the same.

Congratulation to the winners and to all participants, many thanks to all partners, supporters and team members.

The Arctic Wind Riders' & Championship is an initiative of Guy Laflamme, Director of Program Development for Kunoki.