Rachel Pattimore


Rachel Pattimore was “really young” when she participated in her first Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife in 1998. Now, she is “really old”, living and working in Toronto.

How long have you been involved with the Arctic Winter Games, and in what capacity?

I played indoor soccer. In my first AWG, I was twelve years old and one of the youngest. I remember it was quite daunting, being on my first big trip away from home.

Tell us about one of your best experiences.

All the experiences were great. There are lots of opportunities in sports. You learn team skills as well as building individual ones. There are team moments like being in a family, lots of non-sports stuff too.

My favourite one was in Greenland. It was so different, the opening ceremonies were really cool, and I remember the kindness of the hosts….We would end up trading team uniforms at the end of the Games. Each year, there was one that everyone wanted.

What keeps you involved after so many years, and in what capacity will you volunteer in 2020?

My mom still volunteers. I think she “volunteered” me for this profile!

What encouragement do you have for people who might be thinking of volunteering?

The games are a way for people who used to play a sport to stay involved, experience the excitement, get into the thick of things, and watch some high quality sports.

Photo: Team photo from 1998 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Rachel is the first one on the left back row.

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