Paulatuk, N.W.T., athletes train by flashlight on path to Arctic Winter Games

PHOTO: Paulatuk youth, including Misty Ruben, left, Misty Wolki-Ruben and Chase Wolki, trekked to Yellowknife late last week for Arctic Winter Games badminton trials. A blizzard in the community just before the trip didn't faze the athletes. They just traPHOTO: Paulatuk youth, including Misty Ruben, left, Misty Wolki-Ruben and Chase Wolki, trekked to Yellowknife late last week for Arctic Winter Games badminton trials. A blizzard in the community just before the trip didn't faze the athletes. They just tra

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CBC News Posted: Jan 21, 2018 4:40 PM CT Last Updated: Jan 22, 2018 8:37 AM CT

A blizzard that hit Paulatuk, N.W.T., last week knocked out power and blew roofs off houses, but it wasn't strong enough to keep the community's young badminton players from training for the Arctic Winter Games trials — even if they had to do it by flashlight.

Jennifer Giffin is a teacher in Paulatuk and the community's badminton coach. She will also be Team NWT's girls badminton coach at the Arctic Winter Games next month.

The team found refuge in the school's darkened gym during the storm, she said. While they were hunkered down, they took some time to hone their badminton skills.

"We trained for a little bit in the dark in the gym," said Giffin.

"The language teacher called and said, 'I think we better bunk in the gym so the kids can train just in case we get stuck home.'"

After the storm cleared, it was time to go to the airport.

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