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School Championships in the news

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Aki Iwase YK Open Winner

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Hosted at Weledeh School in Yellowknife, the YK Open was a huge success. Showcasing the best Table Tennis that the Territory has to offer. Congratulations to Aki Iwase for winning the tournament in a close match against Canada Winter Games athletes Nikhilesh Gohil.


1. Aki Iwase

2. Nikhilesh Gohil

3. David Dragon

We are looking forward to another edition of the YK Open in the new year!!!

Successful NWT School Championships

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Another year, another successful NWT School Table Tennis Championships.

We loved seeing students compete at the 2023 Championships. Working hard in preparation for the event, showing up and giving their best. Volunteers, coaches, teachers made sure the competition went smooth, and even with lower numbers, we still had great matches to watch.

Results for the 2023 NWT School Championships:

High School Doubles

  1. Gracie Brennan / Zachary Mathison (St. Pats)
  2. David Dragon / Trey (St. Pats)
  3. Nathan Lavers / Seah Komuhangi (Sir John)

Middle School Doubles

  1. Logan Doll / Oliver Reitsma (WMS)
  2. Will Kanigan / Calen Knight (WMS)
  3. Karissa Sadowick / Carter Sadowick (Deh Gah, Fort Providence)

Grade 6 male

  1. Carter Sadowick (Deh Gah, Fort Providence)
  2. Craig Tracy (WMS)
  3. Jack Stiener-Leslie (ESJS)

Grade 6 female

  1. Kathleen Cai (WMS)
  2. Karissa Sadowick, Deh Gah (Fort Providence)
  3. Emereigh Moffatt (WMS)

Grade 7 male

  1. Owen Bowden (ESJS)
  2. Mussie Tesfazghi (ESJS)
  3. Kirtsean Ramos (ESJS)

Grade 7 female

  1. Ana Villegas (ESJS)
  2. Lexi Blandford (ESJS)
  3. Akem Dzeumua (ESJS)

Grade 8 male

  1. Calen Knight (WMS)
  2. Will Kanigan (WMS)
  3. Logan Doll (WMS)

Grade 8 female

  1. Pontiac Mace (WMS)
  2. Cora Almond (WMS)

Grade 9 male

  1. Aiden Langer (St. Pats)
  2. Paul Mendoza (St. Pats)
  3. Jacee Mariano (St. Pats)

Grade 10 male

  1. Kai Shimada (St. Pats)

Grade 10 female

  1. Lily Brennan (St. Pats)

Grade 11 male

  1. Gabriel Brost (St. Pats)

Grade 11 female

  1. Raine Mingo (St. Pats)

Grade 12 male

  1. Nikhilesh Gohil (Sir John)
  2. Zach Mathison (St. Pats)

Grade 12 female

  1. Gracie Brennan (St. Pats)
  2. Tamara Mathison (St. Pats)

Looking forward to 2024 and another edition of our NWT School Championships and the 2024 Arctic Winter Games in Alaska.

Yellowknife Open

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We are excited to host the 2023 Yellowknife Open at Weledeh School this Saturday on April 1st, 2023 (NO JOKE) at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm to warm up and getting ready for the competition.

OPEN CATEGORY – anyone can join

There is no fee for the participant. Everyone will have at least 2 matches. It will be a singles event. We ask everyone to bring indoor shoes and a paddle if they have one.

If you have any questions, let us know info@tabletennisnorth.ca!!!

Sign up: https://forms.gle/eiaCvrUHtSwwXSzv7

Deadline for registration is March 31, 2023 at 11:11pm.

2023 Territorial School Championships

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These years dates will be March 31 & April 1, 2023, hosting the event on a Friday (doubles) and Saturday (singles).

Some information for you:

Date: March 31 & April 1, 2023
Time: Friday 5:00-8:00 (Doubles), Saturday 10:00-5:00pm (Singles)
Cost: $10/player or max $200/school
Location: Weledeh School Gymnasium

Banners/Medals: Banners for Grade 6-8, 9-12. Medals for the category winners, 14 categories for singles (Grade 6-12), 2 categories for doubles (Elementary, High School)

Registration deadline: March 29th, 2023

Double division is open for boys/boys, girls/girls or mixed. You choose.Sign up fee is for Singles and Doubles together.No limit for signing up students per school.

Rules of table tennis: https://documents.ittf.sport/sites/default/files/public/2022-02/ITTF_HB_2022_clean_v1_0.pdf

Sign up Sheet SINGLES
Sign up Sheet DOUBLES

Lead at the 2023 CANADA Winter Games

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Every four years the CANADA Winter Games bring the best youth athletes from the country together.

Within our very own Thor, executive director for Table Tennis North. His responsibility as the NSO (National Sport Organization) Lead, was to liaise between the host society and the NSO. Overseeing all elements of the Table Tennis competition at this prestige Multi Sport event. A task that started 18 month prior to the event that was hosted February/March of 2023. Including sourcing equipment, finding officials, making sure all technical events of the competition are in place and overseen.

Thor was definitely grateful for this learning experience. “It was a team effort with hard working people like our tournament manager and the support of the Referee Team and our officials. Amazing support from the host society through obstacles with the set up of the venue and a few hours of scare with results transmissions.” 

In continuation, “It was not easy at times. We learned, we listened, we adopted and at the end, the athletes were able to give their best performances and will remember this competition for the rest of their lives. We showed the world that Table Tennis is a fantastic sport, made friends and will do even better at the next Canada Winter Games in four year.”

We know that the participants enjoyed the experience and had a wonderful time. They competed for six days, celebrated their personal victories to gold medals, and showed up and give their best. 

Amazing to see our territorial involvement on the national stage and we know that more amazing things are to come. Thank you Thor for your commitment to sport in the Northwest Territories and beyond.

Every Child Matters – 2023 Canada Games

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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!!!

PRIDE – 2023 Canada Games

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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

We Stand Tall

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The creation of the song ‘We Stand Tall’ came from the inspiration of the perseverance, hard work, and team support of Hockey and Table Tennis athletes. We stand together for “We Stand Tall” and share the song throughout the upcoming Canada Winter Games.

Song was created by Jaycee Leon


That icy chill is rolling in
The Dehcho River’s running deep
And we blazed the trail that we’re walkin’
It’s time to meet our destiny

Scaling over the Mackenzie Mountains
The Northern Lights guide the way
Win or lose, we’re all champions
Nobody’s gonna put out our flame

‘Cause we stand tall
Breaking down every wall
Yeah, we stand tall
NWT through it all
We stand tall
Reach out and take your chance
Hold your Territory’s pride within your hands
And stand up tall

Just look at how far we’ve come
Left all our doubts in the past
We’ve worked hard, but still had fun
Gotta make every moment last

Each second is ours for the taking
Each challenge an new open door
Can you feel the Arctic shaking?
It’s us waiting to see what’s in store

As we stand tall
Breaking down every wall
Yeah, we stand tall
NWT through it all
We stand tall
Reach out and take your chance
Hold your Territory’s pride within your hands
And stand up tall
Stand up tall

You heard the call, you dove right in
The Arctic Ocean guided you here
So trust yourselves and look within
You’ll see the way is crystal clear

As we all now come together
Build each other up every day
The only way is up, it only gets better
So let’s rise to the trials that we face

As we stand tall
Breaking down every wall
Yeah, we stand tall
NWT through it all
We stand tall
Reach out and take your chance
Hold your Territory’s pride within your hands
And stand up tall
Stand up tall

2023 Canada Winter Games

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Here is all the information about the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island that you need to know to stay up to date on what is happening for Team NT Table Tennis.

Official results
Unofficial results

Live stream
Images (host society)

Venue: PEI Convention Center, 18 Queen St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4A1

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Information about the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
Information about Table Tennis: https://www.2023canadagames.ca/sports/table-tennis
Sport technical package: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ur4DKr46bx3MiJDuCMxQgBdx9OetNtNC/view

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