Frequently Asked Questions

SPORT

Depending on where you reside, your contingent will post the information on their website. Below are the contacts for each contingent you can contact regarding tryouts.

All sports being played at the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games can be found on our sports page

Below are the age groups for each sport.

AlpineMales born in 2008/09/10Slalom
 Parallel Slalom
 Giant Slalom
 Team Event
Females born in 2008/09/10Slalom
 Parallel Slalom
 Giant Slalom
 Team Event
Males born in 2006/07/08Slalom
 Parallel Slalom
 Giant Slalom
 Team Event
Females born in 2006/07/08Slalom
 Parallel Slalom
 Giant Slalom
 Team Event
ArcheryMales 18 & under as of Dec 31, 2022 (i.e. born in 2004 calendar year or later)Male Barebow
Females 18 & under as of Dec 31, 2022 (i.e. born in 2004 calendar year or later)Female Barebow
 Male Compound
 Female Compound
 Mixed Team Compound
 Mixed Team Barebow
Arctic SportsFemales born in 2005 and laterOne-Foot High Kick
 Two-Foot High Kick
 Alaskan High Kick
 Kneel Jump
 Arm Pull
 Sledge Jump
 Triple Jump
 All Around
Males born in 2005 and laterOne-Foot High Kick
 Two-Foot High Kick
 Alaskan High Kick
 Kneel Jump
 Arm Pull
 Sledge Jump
 Triple Jump
 All Around
Open FemaleOne-Foot High Kick
 Two-Foot High Kick
 Alaskan High Kick
 Kneel Jump
 Arm Pull
 Sledge Jump
 Triple Jump
 All Around
Open MaleOne-Foot High Kick
 Two-Foot High Kick
 Alaskan High Kick
 Kneel Jump
 Airplane
 One Hand Reach
 Head Pull
 Knuckle Hop
 Sledge Jump
 Triple Jump
 All Around
BadmintonFemales born in 2006 or laterSingles
 Doubles
Males born in 2006 or laterSingles
 Doubles
Females born in 2003 or laterSingles
 Doubles
Males born in 2003 or laterSingles
 Doubles
Males/Females born in 2006 or laterMixed Doubles
Males/Females born in 2003 or laterMixed Doubles
BasketballFemales born in 2003 or later 
Males born in 2003 or later 
Biathlon SkiFemales born in 2007 or later5 km Individual
 4 km Sprint
 5 km Mass Start
 5 km Pursuit
Males born in 2007 or later5 km Individual
 4 km Sprint
 5 km Mass Start
 5 km Pursuit
Females born in 2004/05/06/077.5 km Individual
 6 km Sprint
 7.5 km Mass Start
 7.5 km Pursuit
Males born in 2004/05/06/077.5 km Individual
 6 km Sprint
 7.5 km Mass Start
 7.5 km Pursuit
Females/Males born in 2004/05/06/07Mixed Relay
Females/Males born in 2007 or laterMixed Relay
Biathlon SnowshoeFemales born in 2004/05/06/075 km Individual
 3 km Sprint
 4 km Mass Start
Males born in 2004/05/06/075 km Individual
 3 km Sprint
 4 km Mass Start
Females born in 2007 or later3 km Individual
 2 km Sprint
 2.5 km Mass Start
Males born in 2007 or later3 km Individual
 2 km Sprint
 2.5 km Mass Start
Females/Males born in 2004/05/06/07Mixed Relay
Females/Males born in 2007 or laterMixed Relay
Cross Country SkiingMales born in 2008/09/103.75 km Interval Start
 3.75 km Mass Start
 400m Sprint
Females born in 2008/09/103.75 km Interval Start
 3.75 km Mass Start
 400m Sprint
Males born in 2006/07/085 km Interval Start
 7.5 km Mass Start
 600m – 800m Sprint
Females born in 2006/07/085 km Interval Start
 7.5 km Mass Start
 600m – 800m Sprint
Males born in 2004/05/065 km Interval Start
 10 km Mass Start
 700m – 1000m Sprint
Females born in 2004/05/065 km Interval Start
 10 km Mass Start
 700m – 1000m Sprint
Females born in 2004/05/06Relay
Females born in 2006/07/08Relay
Females born in 2008/09/10Relay
Males born in 2004/05/06Relay
Males born in 2006/07/08Relay
Males born in 2008/09/10Relay
CurlingMales born on or after Jan 1, 2004Male
Females born on or after Jan 1, 2004Female
 Mixed Doubles
Dene GamesFemales born in 2006 or laterFinger Pull
 Snow Snake
 Stick Pull
 All Around
 Pole Push (team)
 Hand Games (team)
Males born in 2004 or laterFinger Pull
 Snow Snake
 Stick Pull
 All Around
 Pole Push (team)
 Hand Games (team)
Females born in 2004 or laterFinger Pull
 Snow Snake
 Stick Pull
 All Around
 Pole Push (team)
 Hand Games (team)
Open MaleFinger Pull
 Snow Snake
 Stick Pull
 All Around
 Pole Push (team)
 Hand Games (team)
Figure SkatingFemales born between 2004 and 2012Short Program – Level 1
 Short Program – Level 2
 Short Program – Level 3
 Short Program – Level 4
 Freeskate Program – Level 1
 Freeskate Program – Level 2
 Freeskate Program – Level 3
 Freeskate Program – Level 4
 Combined – Level 1
 Combined – Level 2
 Combined – Level 3
 Combined – Level 4
 Team Event
FutsalFemales born in 2009 or laterJuvenile
Males born in 2009 or laterJuvenile
Females born in 2007 or laterJunior
Males born in 2007 or laterJunior
GymnasticsFemales born on or after Jan 1, 2004Vault
 Uneven Bars
 Balance Beam
 Floor Exercise
 Individual All-Around Competition
 Team Event
HockeyMales born in 2007 or laterMidget
Males born in 2004 or laterBantam
Females born in 2003 or laterJunior
SnowboardingMales born in 2008 or laterSlopestyle
 Rail Jam
 Snowboard Cross
 Banked Slalom
 Overall
Females born in 2008 or laterSlopestyle
 Rail Jam
 Snowboard Cross
 Banked Slalom
 Overall
Males born in 2006 or laterSlopestyle
 Rail Jam
 Snowboard Cross
 Banked Slalom
 Overall
Females born in 2006 or laterSlopestyle
 Rail Jam
 Snowboard Cross
 Banked Slalom
 Overall
SnowshoeingFemales born in 2007 or later2.5 km Cross Country
 5 km Cross Country
 Short Distance Combined
Males born in 2007 or later2.5 km Cross Country
 5 km Cross Country
 Short Distance Combined
Females born in 2003 or later5 km Cross Country
 7.5 Cross Country
 Short Distance Combined
Males born in 2003 or later5 km Cross Country
 10 km Cross Country
 Short Distance Combined
Males/Females born in 2003 or laterMixed Relay
Males/Females born in 2007 or laterMixed Relay
Speed SkatingFemales born 2007-2011400 m Individual
 500 m Individual
 1000 m Individual
 1500 m Individual
 3000 m Relay
Males born 2007-2011400 m Individual
 500 m Individual
 1000 m Individual
 1500 m Individual
 3000 m Relay
Females born 2004-2008500 m Individual
 777 m Individual
 1000 m Individual
 1500 m Individual
 3000 m Relay
Males born 2004-2008500 m Individual
 777 m Individual
 1000 m Individual
 1500 m Individual
 3000 m Relay
Table TennisFemales born in 2007 or laterSingles
 Doubles
 Team Event
Males born in 2007 or laterSingles
 Doubles
 Team Event
Females born in 2004 or laterSingles
 Doubles
 Team Event
Males born in 2004 or laterSingles
 Doubles
 Team Event
Females/Males born in 2007 or laterMixed Doubles
Females/Males born in 2004 or laterMixed Doubles
VolleyballFemales born in 2004 or later 
Males born in 2004 or later 
WrestlingMales born 2005-2009Up to 55 kg
 Up to 60 kg
 Up to 65 kg
 Up to 70 kg
 Up to 78 kg
 Up to 85 kg
 Up to 96 kg
 Team Event
Females born 2005-2009Up to 50 kg
 Up to 55 kg
 Up to 60 kg
 Up to 65 kg
 Up to 71 kg
 Team Event

As of November 18, the Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC) has revoked its Policy on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines to align with current public health advice. This means that the AWGIC will no longer require participating athletes, coaches, managers, mission staff, and others to be fully vaccinated to be part of the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games. If, however, any jurisdiction wishes to enforce its own requirements including other health measures related to COVID-19, the AWGIC will respect their autonomy as a team decision.

Policy can be found here.

Volunteers

An estimated 2,000 volunteers will be required to fill a variety of roles both before and during the Games, assisting in areas such as merchandise sales, signage installation, event set-up, and results centre support.

You can volunteer by registering online at awg2023.org/volunteer. 

Each volunteer will be required to abide by the Host Society’s Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Volunteer Policy. Volunteers will also need to attend a general orientation session, role-specific training and clothing and accreditation pick-up, prior to Games time.

All roles will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check. Certain roles will require additional screening measures such as a Vulnerable Sector Check.  

No! You can sign up for as many shifts as you would like. 

Each volunteer who works two shifts, approximately eight hours, will receive a uniform package, volunteer orientation, role-specific training, recognition at ceremonies and an invitation to volunteer recognition events. All roles will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check.

Yes! We have corporate volunteer opportunities if your business would like the chance to volunteer as a group for a team-building exercise. To sign up, please email volunteers@awg2023.org. 

Volunteers between the ages of 13-17 can volunteer with guardian consent and supervision.

Each Arctic Winter Games depends on thousands of volunteers in order to be successful. Volunteering for the Games gives you a chance to make a positive impact on your community and contribute to a lasting legacy of volunteerism in the region. 

general Inquiries

The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games take place from January 29 – February 4, 2023.

Eight contingents will be competing at the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games, including Alaska, Alberta North, Greenland, Northwest Territories, Nunavik-Quebec, Nunavut, Sapmi (Finland, Norway and Sweden), and Yukon. Learn more by visiting our Teams page

You can call us at 1-866-AWG-2023 or visit our Contact Us page and fill out the web form. 

We have lots of sponsorship opportunities available. Visit our sponsor page to view the sponsorship package and fill out the form on the page to ask our sponsorship team a question. 

We also have corporate volunteer opportunities if your business would like the chance to volunteer as a group for a team-building exercise. Email volunteers@awg2023.org to sign up. 

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Promo Squad or want more information, please email our Program Manager, Special Events at erica@awg2023.org.  

2023 Games merchandise is coming soon! Check back in Fall for exciting merchandise launches. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public in December 2022. 

We are working hard to ensure every Games venue is accessible. An accessibility audit is currently being conducted on each facility. For more information or any accessibility-related questions, please email Accessibility@awg2023.org.

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