Four members of Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights Gymnastics) are brimming with excitement over travelling to the Yukon this week.

Competing in gymnastics at the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) from Rankin are Desiree Autut, 16, Jayda Pilakapsi, 12, Annette Paniyuk, 11, and Shanti Dias, 9.

Gymnastics coach Lisa Kresky said the four young athletes from the club's competitive group are counting the days until the Games.


Kyle Hainnu, 17, of Clyde River and most of his
teammates shaved their hair as a
team bonding experience.

Surrounded by teammates at the Iqaluit airport March 3, Derek Hainnu of Clyde River was looking forward to representing Nunavut at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse.

"I just want the gold," said the basketball guard, whose cousin Kyle is also on the team.

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