Hodgson Trophy returns to Nunavut

Former NWT commissioner donated carving bought in Kimmirut
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Nunavut's chef de mission Jeff Seeteenak accepts the Hodgson Trophy for fair play and team spirit on behalf of his team at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Arctic Winter Games March 10.

Nunavut is bringing home one extra piece of hardware from the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, and this one - the Hodgson Trophy for fair play and team spirit - does not require a medal round.


Chef de mission Jeff Seeteenak of Baker Lake accepted the award on behalf of his athletes and teams at the closing ceremonies March 10.
"This is a very big deal," Seeteenak said. "This is voted on by the contingents. It's a great honour to win this. It's coming from your peers."
The delicate trophy, which portrays a bear climbing the narwhal tusk, was created from an ivory carving former NWT commissioner Stuart Hodgson bought in Kimmirut and later donated to the Games. Due to difficulty with transport and customs, the trophy stays at the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame in Whitehorse, and the winning team takes home a framed photo of it instead.
Nunavut has won the award at every other Games since 2000.
"It just goes to show the attitude of our kids, of our athletes," Seeteenak said. "Win or lose, they come off the court, off the ice, off the turf, with smiles."
Every team member will also receive an individual pin marking the honour.
The award was the last one presented at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, and adds to Nunavut's 49 uluit: five gold, 16 silver and 28 bronze. The team ranked seventh of nine contingents, one ulu short of Greenland's 50.

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Brittany Masson and her partner Louis Lebel-Wong took the silver for mixed doubles badminton March 10. Greenland took the gold.

For Team Nunavut, badminton players added three silver and a bronze to the overall medal tally in the only action for the territory's athletes on Saturday, the final day of competition.
Louis Lebel-Wong had a hand in all three silver uluit for junior boys' singles, junior boys' doubles with Jonah Oolayou, and junior mixed doubles with Brittany Masson. Masson and Jenny Mosesie earned bronze in junior girls' doubles. Mosesie and Oolayou placed fourth separately in singles and were also fourth together in doubles.
The closing ceremonies included performances by the Inuksuk Drum Dancers and a visit by Rick Hansen before local musicians serenaded the athletes until their buses took them to the airport.

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Members of Team Nunavut board a bus Saturday to begin the journey home.