Yukon excelled at the Canada Winter Games

Yukon excelled at the Canada Winter Games Success can be measured in numerous ways. A traditional measure is number of medals. In this regard Yukon was very successful in Prince George. Yukon ranked eighth in medal count out of 13 provinces and territor

Success can be measured in numerous ways. A traditional measure is number of medals. In this regard Yukon was very successful in Prince George.

Yukon ranked eighth in medal count out of 13 provinces and territories, even though we have the smallest population.

But it is on a per capita basis that Yukon really shines. Yukon ranks No. 1 in medal count per capita, with approximately 10 times more medals per capita than the next highest jurisdiction, Saskatchewan.

Yukon won 2.19 medals per 10,000 people, Saskatchewan earned 0.25 medals per 10,000 people, while overall 0.14 medals were awarded per 10,000 people across the country. This No. 1 ranking attests to a supportive government, capable coaching, excellent facilities, supportive parents and dedicated athletes.

As well, Yukon received the Jack Pelech Award, which goes to the provincial or territorial team whose athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff best combine competitive performance, good sportsmanship, and a spirit of fair play, cooperation, and friendship. The award is named after Jack Pelech, chairman of the board of directors of the Canada Games Council from 1971 to 2001.

And an additional honour was bestowed on Ava Cairns, who won the Female Squash Sportsmanship Award!

Congratulations to Team Yukon athletes for incredible sportsmanship and great performances at the Games.

Jim Gilpin

Whitehorse

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