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Passport for 2024 AWG

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The 2024 Arctic Winter Games will be hosted in Alaska, United States. Participants must have a valid passport. Here is some more information that can help you.

Here is an enriching and comprehensive guide about Passports: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/passport.html

Application form for a new passport: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/forms.html

Can you renew your passport? Find out here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/renew-adult-passport.html

Here are the links to service centres in, or close to, your community.

Fort Simpson
Fort Smith
Hay River

If you are outside the Territories due to the wildfire evacuation, check out the list of offices located in your area and select the Province of Territory from the list below: https://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-hme.jsp

Chandra Madhosingh

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Chandra has been part of the first steps of the Territorial Sport Organization in the Northwest Territories and is deeply missed in the North and in our hearts. We are so happy that the Fair Play Award at the Canadian Table Tennis Championships will in his name.

In tribute to the late Chandra Madhosingh, the Fair Play Award at the Canadian Championships will henceforth bear his name. Chandra’s contributions to the sport were immense and multifaceted, spanning roles as a player, coach, official, and administrator. 

His absence is deeply felt, yet his legacy stands tall, a testament to his enduring impact on the sport. Chandra’s influence permeates the very fabric of Canadian table tennis, his roles having encompassed player, club coach, provincial coach, national coach, international umpire, and even President of Table Tennis Canada in the 1980s. He also served on the ITTF’s Media Committee and was elected as a member of TTCAN’s Board of Director in 2019, over three decades after his presidency. 

While Chandra may no longer be with us in body, his spirit endures, forever woven into the heart of Canadian table tennis. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Canadian Table Tennis Championships Fair Play Award 

The Chandra Madhosingh Fair Play Award is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon a player who exemplifies the highest standards of sportsmanship and “fair play” behavior throughout the competition. This award is not merely about the skills or the performance of the player in the game, but it is about the player’s attitude, respect for rules, respect for opponents, and the spirit of camaraderie. 

The process of nomination for this award is carried out by the umpires, who closely observe the conduct of each player on and off the table. These nominations are then forwarded to the Referees and Competition Manager, who make the final selection. This award serves as a testament to the player’s integrity, promoting the essence of fair competition and respect in the Table Tennis world.

Table Tennis in the news

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The Canadian Press added the cancellation of the 2023 Canadian Table Tennis Championships to their news cycle.


Cancellation of the 2023 Canadian Table Tennis Championships in Hay River

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News Release – Table Tennis North – Championships Cancellation – 2023-08-22

Hay River, Northwest Territories, August 23, 2023 – The 2023 Canadian Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for September 22-24 has been cancelled due to the local state of emergency and ongoing wildfire situation in the Northwest Territories.

“While Table Tennis North and its partners are very disappointed to have to cancel this event, we believe this decision is in the best interest of everyone,” said Marny Twigge, Vice President, Table Tennis North. “It is indeed devastating to witness the havoc caused by the wildfires, and we hope everyone is keeping safe and in good health.”

In light of this, the organising committee is looking to regroup and determine next steps for this event, including proposing to the members of Table Tennis Canada to host the event in 2024. Table Tennis North and its partners look forward to showcase their capabilities to host a very successful edition of the Canadian Table Tennis Championships next year. Once circumstances return to normal, further updates will be provided.

Hay River to host the 2023 Canadian Table Tennis Championships

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Hay River, Northwest Territories, August 7, 2023 – It is with excitement that we are announcing that Hay River, Northwest Territories, is the host for the 2023 Canadian Table Tennis Championships from September 22-24, 2023. This prestigious tournament will bring together the best Canadian Table Tennis athletes from all over the country! For many years, it has served as a platform for these talented individuals to showcase their skills and compete against one another in a bid to become Canadian Champion.
“The town of Hay River is excited to be chosen as the host of the 2023 Canadian National Table Tennis Championships! We look forward to welcoming all the participants into our community and showcasing our recreation facilities. Town Council thanks Table Tennis North for coordinating this event and the many contributing partners and volunteers.” Mayor Kandis Jameson, Hay River
In advance of the tournament, Table Tennis North will schedule a Table Tennis Festival from September 15-17, an exciting event that aims to bring together youth from various communities in the Territories. This event is not just about hosting a series of Table Tennis matches, but also about fostering unity, promoting sportsmanship, and providing a platform for young people to showcase their skills on and off the table. The Festival will feature a variety of sports, including Northern and Dene games, offering a unique blend of modern and indigenous culture. One of the highlights of the Festival will be the opportunity for participants to play on the courts of the Canadian Table Tennis Championships. This experience will inspire our youth to pursue their passion in sports, including Table Tennis, bridge communities together and empower our next generation of athletes.
We are also thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a Coaches and Officials Clinic from September 18-20. This initiative is a direct result of the tremendous success witnessed during the 2023 Arctic Winter Games with an immense potential for growth in coach and officials development. As part of our commitment to fostering excellence in sports, we have partnered with Table Tennis Canada, the Aboriginal Sport Circle NWT and Sport North to offer a series of courses. This will also be an opportunity to celebrate National Coaches Week from September 16-24. These courses will provide valuable training and education opportunities for coaches and officials, ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their respective roles.
“Table Tennis North is honored to be hosting the prestigious Canadian Table Tennis Championships in our small northern community. This event serves as a testament to our ability to successfully organize and host major sporting events, proving that size is not a limitation when it comes to showcasing our capabilities. The legacy left behind with equipment staying in the Territories, and training for officials and coaches demonstrates our ability to achieve greatness through strong partnerships. This not only fosters a sense of pride and ownership but also allows for continued growth and development in various fields. Additionally, the training of officials and coaches will ensure that there are knowledgeable and skilled volunteers to guide and mentor aspiring individuals. We Northerners can achieve anything when we come together and set our minds to it. It serves as a powerful reminder that with the right resources and support, we can overcome any obstacle and leave a lasting impact on our communities.” – Marny Twigge, Vice-President of Table Tennis North and Hay River resident
“Table Tennis Canada is very excited to have its National Championships in Hay River in the Northwest Territories. This is a unique opportunity for our players, coaches, and officials to discover the Canadian North while competing for national titles. We thank the organizing committee, Table Tennis North, and the Town of Hay River for all their efforts and hard work to stage a successful event. We wish the participants all the best in their competition, and we are sure that they will have a unique experience.” – Adham Sharara, President of Table Tennis Canada
The success of this event is made possible through the generous financial support of various organizations, including the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, the Aboriginal Sport Circle, Sport North, Table Tennis Canada and the Town of Hay River. Their contributions ensure that this championship is a resounding success, promoting the sport of Table Tennis and fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among athletes and spectators alike.
“On behalf of the Sport North Federation, we congratulate Table Tennis North in their successful bid to host the National Championships being held September 22-24th, 2023 in Hay River. Thank You to the Town of Hay River for welcoming Table Tennis Athletes, Coaches and Officials from throughout Canada, to participate in this incredible occasion. Hay River’s Spirit, Good Will and Experience in hosting large events, will no doubt make the Championships a true success.” – Bill Othmer, Executive Director
Sport North Federation

Table Tennis North, along with all partners, is thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our communities and the best Canadian Table Tennis athletes for an exciting event in Hay River from September 15-24, 2023. Whether you are a passionate Table Tennis enthusiast or simply curious about the sport, this event is sure to leave you inspired and entertained. More information about the events will be provided in the upcoming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there and creating unforgettable memories together.

Territorial 50/50 raffle

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We are thrilled to share the news about our upcoming territorial 50/50 raffle!!!

This exciting fundraiser gives you the chance to win big while supporting youth in communities participating in Table Tennis festivals, training camps, and major sporting events. By purchasing tickets now, you not only increase your chances of winning but also contribute to the growth and development of young athletes.

The winner of this incredible raffle will be announced on October 31st, 2023.


Additionally, we have some amazing prizes to give away, so make sure to stay tuned to our social media channels for updates and more information. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make a difference and potentially win big!!!

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Same Game Challenge

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Table Tennis North is excited to be part of the “Same Game Challenge” with Canadian Women & Sport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

Canadian Women & Sport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) are proud to announce the 49 sport and recreation organizations participating in the second cohort of the Same Game Challenge, taking place from July 2023 to January 2024.  

Through the Same Game Challenge, we will build competencies and develop the skills that we need to close gender equity gaps and create positive, sustainable change in sport. The program will provide us with learning opportunities, mentorship, action planning and collaboration through a range of tools, including: 

  • An online gender equity journey that includes creating a gender equity vision, implementing activities and so much more.  
  • 1:1 coaching and mentorship on how to embed gender equity into their organizational strategies, process and programs.  
  • Access to free licenses of the Gender Equity LENS e-learning module for organizational leaders.  
  • A $1,000 honorarium to support organizational gender equity activities. 
  • Connection with a community of participants made up of diverse people and organizations from across Canada.  

We are looking forward to being part of this amazing program!!!

Stories around the North #weareallteamnt

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So many amazing things are happening in the North that are worth while featuring. Check out what happened just this week in the Northwest Territories. Here are just a few …

Yellowknife teenager Tanaka Muwirimi has travelled to the Premier League’s West Ham United in pursuit of his dream: European academy soccer.


Darren Horn already has an accomplished resume when it comes to coaching volleyball, but he’s about to add another line to that. And it may be the biggest one yet.


Good luck to our U19 Wolverines who are headed to Alberta this weekend! Stay tuned for results!


Congratulations to the NWT’s Blair Chapman who has leveled up to Starter 3B!!


Hockey NWT and former NHL’er Curtis Glencross at the Hay River Golf Club having a blast with the youth!!!


Sport North “They can coach grant”

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Reach out to us at info@tabletennisnorth.ca if you like to put an application in. A great opportunity to receive some professional development, training, or participate in conferences.

Canada Day

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We want to reflect on the significance of this day and the importance of acknowledging the indigenous territories on which our great nation was built.

Canada Day is a time for celebration, but it is also an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of the rich history and cultural heritage that predates Confederation. The lands and waterways we enjoy today have been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, and it is crucial that we recognize and respect their enduring presence.

In commemorating Canada Day, let us not forget the path towards reconciliation that we are collectively undertaking. Reconciliation is a journey that requires us to confront the injustices of the past, acknowledge the ongoing challenges faced by indigenous communities, and work towards building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

By embracing the principles of reconciliation, we can foster a society that values and respects the rights, traditions, and contributions of indigenous peoples. This includes supporting initiatives that promote indigenous languages, cultures, and self-determination, as well as actively engaging in dialogue and education to bridge the gaps in understanding.

On this Canada Day, let us come together as a nation to celebrate our shared values, diversity, and the progress we have made towards reconciliation. May we use this occasion to reflect on the past, honor the present, and commit ourselves to a future where indigenous peoples are fully recognized, respected, and empowered.

To learn more about how Canadians can support Indigenous communities, please refer to the 94 Calls to Action developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

We hope today’s events and reflections can help create a more equitable future for all.

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