February 23 to March 10, 2021 ribbon Canada Winter Games 2007
Inuit Games
2007, March 1st:
With intense concentration, incredible strength and awesome grace, athletes from Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon competed in the Alaska High Kick. This sport requires the athlete to do a one-handed hand stand from a sitting position, hit a small target held high above, and return to the sitting position in full control while firmly grasping the non-kicking foot with the opposite hand.

Blair Tautu of Nunavut won gold in the women’s competition with a kick at 1.55 meters; Marion Green (NWT) and Kelly Kenalogak (NU) took silver and bronze with kicks at 1.52 and 1.47 meters.

In the men’s competition, Tootoo Tanuyak from Nunavut won gold with a kick of 2.18 meters, and Chris Merkosak from the Northwest Territories came in second at a height of 2.03 meters. A five-way tie for third place was settled after two elimination rounds, with Kyle Ross-Kuptana of Nunavut winning the bronze at a height of 1.98 meters.

It was an exciting moment when Tootoo Tanuyak attempted to tie the 1996 junior record of 2.26 meters (7’6”). Tootoo made good effort – he attained the height, and came within a hair’s breadth of making contact with the target