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January | 2023 | TABLE TENNIS NORTH
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Monthly Archives:January 2023

Every Child Matters

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation gives us the opportunity to recognize and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to indigenous families and communities. It aims to honour those who have been affected by this injustice, celebrate resilience and affirm a commitment that every child matters.

Team NT Table Tennis will be wearing the “Every Child Matters” logo on their field of play uniform at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games & 2023 Canada Winter Games. They will use edge tape in orange on their paddles and hand out “Every Child Matters” pins. If you see any of our participants feel free to reach out to them, ask for a pin, learn more about Truth & Reconciliation.

Table Tennis North wants to show and highlight the belief that all children are important, including the ones left behind from residential schools and those adults and families who are still healing from the trauma they endured there. “We want to make sure that our Team NT Table Tennis participants know the importance of the movement and don’t shy away from speaking about it. They are role models, they represent the Territory and they will do amazing on and off the table.” – Thorsten Gohl, Executive Director Table Tennis North

Every 30th of September we will wear orange to remember, to reflect and to celebrate resilience. Join us!!!

Arctic Winter Games PRIDE day

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We recognize and celebrate the unique opportunities that sport provides in uniting people to a common goal. We embrace the essential value of belonging as essential for individual success, team success and sport excellence.

Using education and promotions as tools to promote, inspire and highlight the very important value that there is a place for you in sports. Table Tennis North strives to empower all members and volunteers (from the home to competition arena and everything and everyone in between) to understand and embrace the language of inclusion. Through partnership in communities and with Table Tennis North, we want to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports – including 2SLGBTQI athletes, coaches and fans.

Campaign Promotion

  1. Athlete Ambassadors / Influencers
    a) Education – Athletes, coaches and parents are invited to a short presentation on pronouns and the ASK ME MY PRONOUNS pins. Athletes are encouraged to wear and share their pins.
    b) Athletes take over Social Media- Table Tennis North supports and encourages athletes to share the games experience through their own eyes.
  2. Pride Day at the Games – Wednesdays.
    a) Arctic Winter Games | Feb 1
    b) Canada Games | Feb 22
    c) Join us as athletes celebrate PRIDE. Watch as social media gets taken over
  3. Email Signatures
    Example: THORSTEN GOHL, Executive Director (he/him/il/lui)
    c: (867) 373-2101 | e: thor@tabletennisnorth.ca | w: http://www.tabletennisnorth.ca
  4. Meeting Etiquette
    a) Inclusive Introductions
    b) Land Acknowledgment

Table Tennis North strives to create a diverse, inclusive community in which everyone feels safe, respected and valued—regardless of any aspect of one’s identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, ability or age.

Central to our commitment is a sustained effort to increase participation from historically underrepresented groups.

weareallteamnt #everychildmatters #pride

2023 Arctic Winter Games

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We are so excited to be part of the 2023 arctic winter games in Fort McMurray. Here is some more information on the event.

General information: https://awg2023.org
Table Tennis at the 2023 AWG: https://awg2023.org/table-tennis
Participant handbook: https://awg2023.org/handbook

Live stream: https://awg2023.live/?fbclid=IwAR344hJw5aE1wK90p617n6fdnATfDgR8MS3e8zC0Vl7Z1mt4rRfOr-kmrPg
Schedule & Results: https://awg2023.gems.pro/Result/Event_List.aspx?Sport_GUID=752a9ff5-2783-4492-bc71-c8e67aa3fe63&SetLanguage=en-GB

Follow our social media channels.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tabletennisnorth
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletennisnorth

Don’t forget to let us know if there is anyone that you like to highlight for our #weareallteamnt campaign.

Website: https://tabletennisnorth.ca/weareallteamnt

Here is our amazing team lead will make us proud at the Wood Buffalo games.

Sofia Barichello, Yellowknife 
Kathleen Cai, Yellowknife
Karissa , Fort Robidence
Carter , Fort Provifence
David Dragon, Yellowknife
Lennox Mutford, Yellowknife 

If we don’t see you in Fort McMurray, we hope that you follow our social media or the lifestream to cheer on Team NT!!!

We are all Team NT

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We are proud of our athletes and coaches that will wear the colours of Team NT at the 2023 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games. They represent the Northwest Territories with their hearts, minds and bodies. For each of them a support system is in place, wonderful humans that show up, share their passion, guide them, listen to them, mentor them, waking them up in the morning and so much more. We want to take the time and highlight everyone that contributes to Team NT. 

Please use the hashtag #weareallteamnt and highlight those that make a difference in your life. Tag them in the post, take a picture, create a video and say “We are all Team NT.” Share it with your Territorial Sport Organization and ask them to post it, share it and comment on it. It is all about coming together, supporting each other and making a difference in the North. 

We are all Team NT!!!

Aboriginal Sport Circle @AboriginalSportCircleNWT
Badminton NT @badmintonnwt
Basketball NWT @bnwt.ca
Cross Country NWT @crosscountrynwt
NWT Curling @nwtcurling
Skate NWT @skateabnwtnun
Hockey NWT @hockeynwt
NWT Judo @nwtjudo
NWT Snowboard @NWTSnowboard
NWT Soccer @NWTSoccerAssociation
NWT Softball @nwtsoftball
Speed Skating NWT @speedskatingnwt
NWT Squash @NWTSquash
Table Tennis North @analyst
Volleyball NT @VolleyballNTAssociation

Territories coming together in support of 2023 AWG

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The 2023 Arctic Winter Games will be hosted in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta. 2,000 athletes from the circumpolar world will come together to celebrate sport and culture from January 28 until February 5, 2023. 

As the 2022 games were canceled due to COVID-19, Table Tennis Yukon decided to gift their equipment that was not used for the games to the host society for this years event. Those included 2 professional tables, umpire tables and balls. A great initiative to make a leaving legacy for the communities of Northern Alberta. 

Kevin Murphy, President Table Tennis Yukon is excited about this “We benefited greatly with the new equipment we got for the 2020 games and unfortunately we never got to use it for the Whitehorse games. With that equipment we were in great shape at our club level. When Brian Stuart, Table Tennis Yukon’s chief official & I found out the 2023 games needed some equipment, we decided to help out. Pay it forward, if you will, the legacy for our sport”.

Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories also stepped up and provided additional equipment to the host society for a successful event. Including 4 tables, barriers, umpire tables and balls. There will be a total of 6 out of the 8 circumpolar nations participating in Table Tennis and they will see brand new equipment to participate on

Executive Director for Table Tennis North (NWT), Thorsten Gohl shares his reasoning about this great initiative “We absolutely loved what the Yukon did and wanted to be part of it. We are all in this together and together we are stronger. An absolute no brainer to step up and support our sport.”

We are looking forward to the 2023 Games and especially the Table Tennis event. This is what sport is all about!!!

INtro to INclusion

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We had an amazing evening with our webinar on INtro to INclusion, hosted by Sarah Gallsworthy sharing her insights, passion and love for inclusion in this world.

This presentation will introduce your team to diversity and inclusion. It is a starting point to the diversity and inclusion journey. We begin by exploring why this work needs to be undertaken, explore definitions for key terms, frame the idea of the diversity and inclusion journey and provide context about what leaders need to be thinking about and planning for.

“It was so humbling to share this important work tonight with so many amazing people throughout the North West Territories.  The commitment to making sure every participant has a positive and safe sport experience was so evident. Thank you for being such a gracious host.  I am looking so forward to the next time we are able to gather and learn together.” – Sarah Gallsworthy, INclusion INcorporated. 

We are looking forward to our next session

Language of INclusion – January 17, 2023 @ 6:00-7:00pm MT

This session will explore definitions for key terms and introduce some ways to approach inclusive language and some things to avoid in language.

Pronouns – January 19, 2023 @ 6:00-7:00pm MT

Pronouns have come to forefront of our public discourses on gender and gender inclusion. Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of pronouns, why they are important and how to integrate them into everyday use. 

If you have any questions or like to sign up, please send an e-mail to thor@tabletennisnorth.ca. 

A huge thank you to the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Mackenzie Recreation Association for supporting our inclusion series.

Language of Inclusion

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Table Tennis North is excited to partner with INclusion INcorporated to share the importance of “The Language of Inclusion” in our webinar series.

INtro to INclusion – January 10th, 2023 @ 6:00-8:00pm MT

This presentation will introduce your team to diversity and inclusion. It is a starting point to the diversity and inclusion journey. We begin by exploring why this work needs to be undertaken, explore definitions for key terms, frame the idea of the diversity and inclusion journey and provide context about what leaders need to be thinking about and planning for.

Language of INclusion – January 17, 2023 @ 6:00-7:00pm MT

This session will explore definitions for key terms and introduce some ways to approach inclusive language and some things to avoid in language.

Pronouns – January 19, 2023 @ 6:00-7:00pm MT

Pronouns have come to forefront of our public discourses on gender and gender inclusion. Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of pronouns, why they are important and how to integrate them into everyday use. 

Table Tennis North will also launch their “Ask my Gender Pronouns” in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and follow our Social Media channels and website for more information. We are excited to be part of Team NT and represent the Northwest Territories at the upcoming 2023 Arctic Winter Games and the 2023 Canada Winter Games. 

If you have any questions or like to sign up, please send an e-mail to thor@tabletennisnorth.ca. 

ABOUT INCLUSION INCORPORATED

INclusion INcorporated is a JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) consulting firm which supports leaders and their organizations on their inclusion journeys towards cultures of belonging.  Focused on customized solutions that will allow organizations to implement sustainable inclusion strategies, through training, action plans and tools.

INclusion INcorporated works with clients in the not for profit, for profit, government and educational sectors. INclusion INcorporated hosted thirty-three episodes of the #BridgesofBelonging conversations with diverse leaders to showcase vulnerable discussions and facilitate person-centred approaches as we move collectively forward.

ABOUT TABLE TENNIS NORTH

Table Tennis North is the governing body for Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories. As a not-for profit organization we support, promote and develop an active, healthy and fun environment with the sport of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories.

INSTAGRAM | https://www.instagram.com/tabletennisnorth

FACEBOOK | https://www.instagram.com/tabletennisnorth

EVERY CHILD MATTERS

In the spirit of reconciliation, Table Tennis North acknowledges that we live, work and play within many traditional territories. Our physical office and training centre is situated on the sacred lands of the Deh Gah Got’ie (home of the river people) in the Treaty 11 territory. 

Welcome Emilia

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Our Arctic Winter Games coach arrived in the Northwest Territories and will be working with our athletes to get them ready for the upcoming games starting January 29th, 2023.

“We are excited to have Emilia with us in the North. She will be a wonderful addition to Team NT Table Tennis.”

Emilia will be doing school outreach programs in Fort Providence, Kakisa, Yellowknife and Hay River, support the Hockey & Table Tennis program as well as support the partnership with Inclusion Incorporated and the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Canada Winter Games trials

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Table Tennis North will be hosting the Canada Winter Games trials on January 7th, 2023 in Fort Providence at the Territorial Training Centre. The open spots are 1 female athlete and 2 male athletes. The tournament will be a round robin in each the male and female category. Each athlete competing twice against each other. 

January 6 – 6-8pm
Free Training

January 7 – 10am-2pm 
Canada Games trials

January 7 – 4-6pm 
Arctic Winter Games training camp

January 8 – 10am-2pm
Arctic Winter Games training camp

We will also be hosting the Arctic Winter Games training camp that weekend in Fort Providence and you are more than welcome to join us. Please sign up before January 5th, 2023 and let us know when you arrive in Fort Providence. 

Hotel
Snowshoe Inn: https://www.snowshoeinn.ca/

Restaurant
Snowshoe Cafe: https://www.snowshoeinn.ca/#cafe

Groceries Store
Northern Store: https://www.facebook.com/NorthernFortProv/
M&R Grocery Store

Send an e-mail before January 5, 2023 to info@tabletennisnorth.ca with your first name, last name, date of birth and your home community.

Arctic Winter Games Coach Emilia Cabrera Mallette 

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Fort Providence – We are very excited to announce that Emilia Cabrera Mallette will be the head coach for Team NT Table Tennis at the 2023 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games.

Emilia started her career very early when she was only 5 years old. From there she participated in many national and international competitions as a Team Quebec player before becoming a Canadian National Team player and representing Team Canada in international events.

Since then Emilia turned coach and is now working with players in Quebec, as well as she just assisted the Table Tennis Canada Gender Equity training camp earlier this Summer in Ottawa.

Here are some memorable moments in her career.

“The US OPEN in Las Vegas (2018) because of how impressive everything was in this city such as the buildings, the cultural attractions, the gym where there was more than 200 tables, etc. Also, I had the opportunity to watch inspiring players play in real life such as Eugene Wang (Canada).

The most memorable moment of my career happened in 2018 during a Canada open (international) in Toronto. Me and my teammate Kelly Zhao were playing for the third place in the team category girls 15 and under. I had to win my next match in order for us to reach the third place and it would have been my first international medal. Therefore, I was losing 6-2 (2-0) against a talented USA player. To be honest, I had lost all hope. But, Kelly and my coach (Maxime Surprenant) didn’t give up on me and I was able to win this match! Me teammate and I were so happy and we couldn’t believe what just happened. Here are the pictures that were taken when I won the match.”

Emilia will be working with Team NT Table Tennis in preparation for the games the end of January. Including our partnership with the Richmond Olympic Oval, Skating Success and our upcoming Gender Equity and Every Child Matters campaign. In January 2023 she will also support the Hockey & Table Tennis program before travelling with the team to Fort McMurray to compete at the Arctic Winter Games.

“I want to create great memories and meet new players. It will be a very enriched experience for me a coach but also as a person. My goal is to share as best as I can the knowledge that I have acquired in my career. However, I’m sure that I will learn a lot from the people that I’ll meet there. I can’t wait to meet the NT table tennis community !!!!”

We are looking forward seeing our athletes work with Emilia in preparation for the Arctic Winter Games and leaving a legacy behind for future generation. Welcome, bienvenue Emilia!!!

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