News reporter wins Cross Country Canada media award

Continual coverage of Whitehorse cross-country skiers in this paper didn't go unnoticed by the sport's governing body over the season.

Continual coverage of Whitehorse cross-country skiers in this paper didn’t go unnoticed by the sport’s governing body over the season.

Yukon News sports reporter Tom Patrick has been selected for the Media of the Year Award by Cross Country Canada, it was announced Wednesday.

“Only because of the excellent programs of Cross Country Yukon, the terrific facility of the Whitehorse club and, of course, the abundance of outstanding local skiers do I get such great stories to cover,” said Patrick. “Whitehorse’s national team skiers Emily Nishikawa, Dahria Beatty and Knute Johngaard certainly kept me busy.”

Patrick frequently published articles on Yukon skiers at FIS World Cups, Haywood NorAms and Canadian championships over the season. He also covered local events in Yukon.

This was Patrick’s fourth award in recent months. Earlier this year he took second and third place honours for photography at the B.C. newspaper awards, as well as a third place finish for community sports coverage at the national awards.

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