In the bench reach, the athlete kneels at the end of a bench and is supported at the ankles by an assistant. The athlete will then lean forward and place a small object on the floor as far away from the bench as possible. The attempt is only valid if the athlete succeeds in returning his or her body into the starting position.
Each competitor is given three attempts and the athlete who places the object at the greatest distance is declared the winner.
About Northern Games
The traditional Northern Games originate from the time when the Inuvialuit were still semi-nomadic and are played for both fun and survival, developing strength, endurance, and resistance to pain, or when groups from different areas visited.
Today, the annual Northern Games keeps the traditions of celebration, gathering, and sharing alive.