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Parent-child duos enjoy the chance to compete together at Arctic Winter Games

Jasper Charlie, left, and his father Lennie competed in the 2024 Arctic Winter Games in Mat-Su, Alaska. The pair said it was fun to be members of the same team and watch each other compete. (Virginie Ann/CBC - image credit)
Jasper Charlie, left, and his father Lennie competed in the 2024 Arctic Winter Games in Mat-Su, Alaska. The pair said it was fun to be members of the same team and watch each other compete. (Virginie Ann/CBC - image credit)

The new open category for some sports in the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) is giving parents and their children the opportunity to be teammates.

Lennie Charlie, from Carmacks, Yukon, said watching his son, Jasper Charlie, win a gold ulu in the stick pull was one of his proudest moments.

"It was amazing and my voice is lost because of him screaming for him," he said.

But Lennie isn't just there to watch, he's also on Team Yukon competing in the Dene Games open male division.

For Jasper, 15, it was great to play a game that he can practise with his father.

"It feels great to have someone around to kind of teach me and guide me and give me money and it's just wonderful," he said with a laugh.

"It's what really carries it along throughout the generations."

Chris Stipdonk, left, and Lindsey Stipdonk were another father-daughter pair to compete at the Arctic Winter Games.
Chris Stipdonk, left, and Lindsey Stipdonk were another father-daughter pair to compete at the Arctic Winter Games.

Chris Stipdonk, left, and Lindsey Stipdonk were another father-daughter pair to compete at the Arctic Winter Games. (Submitted by Chris Stipdonk)

The pair weren't the only parent-child duo competing in the games.

Chris Stipdonk says he is the oldest competitor on team NT, while his daughter Lindsey Stipdonk is the youngest.

"It's like great experiences for like, father, daughter time," Lindsey said. "I get to watch him and he can watch me. It's really awesome."

Chris is the world record holder for the knuckle hop, he had initially said last years' AWG would be his final. But he decided to attend the games in Mat-Su where he had the chance to compete alongside his daughter.

Chris said in two years he hopes to make the team and compete at Arctic Sports again.

Lindsey is competing in snowshoeing, she won a bronze ulu in the relay competition.

Chris also won a bronze ulu in one hand reach and set a personal best. One hand reach is an Arctic Sport that involves balancing on one hand while reaching for an object.

"I'm so proud of myself and proud of my daughter, it's pretty cool that we have something hanging around our neck here," he said.