Five NWT Mushers heading to Whitehorse Arctic Winter Games

First Place Musher Taryn Beck ahead of the 10 kilometre race in Fort Providence. (John McFadden/CKLB Photo)

Several NWT communities will be represented in one of the north’s most iconic sports, dog sled racing at the 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

A total of five mushers and their dog teams braved the frigid -35 temperatures on Thursday for Team NWT trials in Fort Providence.

The roster dropped from 14 to 5 after a cold snap grasped most parts of the NWT this week with wind chill factor dropping to -50 in some communities leading up to the races.

Yellowknife’s Logan Lizotte captured first place in the Juvenile division, with Fort Resolutions’ Brooke Fabien coming in second. Lizotte and Fabien locking down the two spots in the 7.5 kilometre race.

The Beck family winning tradition continues, as Taryn Beck captured first in the 10 kilometre race in the Junior Co-ed Race. JD Nasogaluak, all the way from Tuktoyaktuk finished a strong second, with Fort Resolution’s Deidra Lafferty coming in third. Lafferty will also make the roster for Team NWT as an alternate.

(With Files from John McFadden)

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Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.