It was back in 1998 (when I was a young person) that I first tried my hand at arctic sports. It was very rewarding and I excelled in the sport at the 1998 Arctic Winter Games. That was the first and last time I competed until I received a phone call this past January.
It was now12 years later, and I was being asked to perform and demonstrate arctic sports at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, along with other participants from the Yukon and Northwest Territories. It was an amazing opportunity to showcase the North and a sport that I really enjoy.
Very few people know what the arctic sports are and where they originate. We demonstrated this northern sport for one week in the very popular Canada’s Northern House in downtown Vancouver to visitors from around the world.
The arctic sports are quite intriguing and compelling and they capture an audience’s attention. There are a variety of different events and games that were created to demonstrate one’s strength, agility, flexibility, endurance, and pain threshold while hunting and surviving out in the very cold and northern arctic. The events and games have been passed down from generation to generation and are still played to this day.
Here are just a few of the events that were demonstrated at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics:
ONE-FOOT HIGH KICK
THE SWING KICK
THE ALASKAN KICK
THE TOE HANG
hahaha….that’s me testing my pain threshold at the Toe Hang!