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Senate Majority Welcomes Athletes to Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks


Games bring athletes together from Northern and Arctic nations to compete and celebrate culture 

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate Majority welcomed athletes to the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks today, an international biannual celebration of circumpolar sports and culture.     

“What a pleasure for Fairbanks to have these athletes who strive for excellence in competition,” said Senate Majority Leader John Coghill (R-North Pole). “We are grateful that they’re here and wish them great success.”

With thousands of young athletes, families, volunteers, and supporters all flocking to Fairbanks, the city and state will economically benefit from their week long presence.

“With all eyes on the Arctic, we are elated to welcome our Northern friends and neighbors to Fairbanks to celebrate the Arctic Winter Games with us,” said Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage). “We look forward to spirited competition and the development of life-long friendships across our Arctic borders.”

The city of Fairbanks will be receiving attendees from all throughout the Arctic region, including: Alberta North, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik Quebec, Greenland, Sapmi, Yamal, and the Yukon.

“It’s a huge pleasure to welcome all the athletes, families and support teams to Fairbanks,” said Senator Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks). “And I especially want to thank the thousands of volunteers and sponsors who promise to make this an exceptional event, in true Golden Heart fashion.”

The opening ceremony begins Sunday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carlson Center.

For more information, please visit the official Arctic Winter Games website: http://awg2014.org

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