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Glacier Bears swimmer Hannah Kingscote competes at a 2017 meet. Kingscote finished in the top three of Swim Canada’s virtual Race Again Challenge in 2021. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News)

Whitehorse Glacier Bears Swim Club finish eighth in national virtual event

Glacier Bears swimmers finished eighth at during the virtual Swim Canada Race Again Challenge as well as set many club and personal best times

Special Olympics Yukon launched its 40th anniversary logo on July 13. It was designed by local graphic designer Jodie Thomson. (Special Olympics Yukon/Submitted)

Special Olympics Yukon launches 40th anniversary celebration logo

Special Olympics Yukon celebrated its 40th anniversary in June but has big plans to mark four decades

Sport Yukon’s Kids Recreation Fund will receive half of money raised by Yukoners in a national 50/50 draw. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Sport Yukon’s Kids Recreation Fund will benefit from nation-wide 50/50 raffle

A nation-wide 50/50 raffle will support Canadian Olympians on their quest of the podium as well as charities at the provincial and territorial level

The ‘Race to the Klondyke’ will be held by the Yukon River Quest and Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association. The race will begin on August 14 departing from Carmacks to Dawson. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon River Quest holding ‘Race to the Klondyke’ in August, registration opened July 14

After cancelling the 2021 Yukon River Quest, officials announced a race from Carmacks to Dawson in August.

The ‘Race to the Klondyke’ will be held by the Yukon River Quest and Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association. The race will begin on August 14 departing from Carmacks to Dawson. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Mikayla Kramer, seen here during the Arctic Edge Skating Club’s The Wizard of Oz ice show in 2019, has successfully auditioned for Disney on Ice. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon figure skater Mikayla Kramer joins Disney on Ice

After submitting an audition tape to Disney on Ice, Yukon figure skater Mikayla Kramer earned an ensemble role

Mikayla Kramer, seen here during the Arctic Edge Skating Club’s The Wizard of Oz ice show in 2019, has successfully auditioned for Disney on Ice. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Maude Molgat sticks the landing of her vault routine during the Canadian Nationals on June 14. Molgat finished sixth vault once the scores were announced. John Tonin/Yukon News

National gymnastics results see Molgat placed sixth on vault

Three Yukon gymnasts made history on June 14 becoming the territory’s first athletes to compete at Canadian Nationals in 20 years. The results from the competition are now in

Maude Molgat sticks the landing of her vault routine during the Canadian Nationals on June 14. Molgat finished sixth vault once the scores were announced. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three runners make their way past Jackson Lake headed toward Haeckel Hill. John Tonin/Yukon News

The scorching day didn’t deter the Reckless Raven runners

Reckless Raven participants navigate the trails many difficult features while also conquering the heat

Three runners make their way past Jackson Lake headed toward Haeckel Hill. John Tonin/Yukon News
Marie Desmarais hangs out in one of the ref stands at the courts at Better Bodies. (Courtesy/Squash Yukon)

Squash Canada recognizes the Yukon’s Marie Desmarais

Marie Desmarais was recognized by Squash Canada in receiving the Certificate of Achievement.

Marie Desmarais hangs out in one of the ref stands at the courts at Better Bodies. (Courtesy/Squash Yukon)
The 2021 ‘Kinda’ Klondike Road Relay registration will open at the end of July. Tom Patrick/Yukon News

The ‘Kinda’ Klondike Road Relay registration will open end of July

Based on the recent COVID outbreak and some technical difficulties with the registration system, Sport Yukon has delayed registration for the ‘Kinda’ Klondike Road Relay until the end of July

The 2021 ‘Kinda’ Klondike Road Relay registration will open at the end of July. Tom Patrick/Yukon News
Paddlers crossing Lake Laberge during the first leg of the Yukon River Quest on Jun. 26, 2019. Crystal Schick/Yukon News

YRQ paddlers can refund or defer after last-minute cancellation

After the 2021 Yukon River Quest was cancelled on the eve of the race paddlers where given options on how to proceed

Paddlers crossing Lake Laberge during the first leg of the Yukon River Quest on Jun. 26, 2019. Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Alex Lebarge races in the 2021 Yukon Energy Road Cycling Championships’ time trial at Titanium Way on June 12, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Cyclists vie in five stage races during road championships

The 2021 Yukon Energy Road Cycling Championships tested the riders endurance with five stage races

Alex Lebarge races in the 2021 Yukon Energy Road Cycling Championships’ time trial at Titanium Way on June 12, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
The territory recognized 26 athletes with sport excellence and recognition awards. (Yukon News file)

Athletes receive territorial sport awards

Twenty-six individual athletes received either the Premier’s awards of sport excellence or the Minister’s awards of sport recognition

The territory recognized 26 athletes with sport excellence and recognition awards. (Yukon News file)
Paddlers Abreast was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary on the water when the 2021 Yukon River Quest was cancelled on the eve of the race. Still, the paddlers gathered at the start in Rotary Park on June 23 to honour and remember the women who have been in the voyageur canoe over the years. (John Tonin/Yukon News)

Flood warning in Carmacks docks the 2021 River Quest

The Yukon River Quest has been cancelled for the second year in a row

Paddlers Abreast was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary on the water when the 2021 Yukon River Quest was cancelled on the eve of the race. Still, the paddlers gathered at the start in Rotary Park on June 23 to honour and remember the women who have been in the voyageur canoe over the years. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Lorraine Kuhn is seen with one of the many volleyball teams she coached. (Photo submitted by Sport Yukon)

The Yukon Sports Hall of Fame inducts the late Lorraine Kuhn

Lorraine Kuhn became the newest member of the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame for her work in growing volleyball amongst other sports

Lorraine Kuhn is seen with one of the many volleyball teams she coached. (Photo submitted by Sport Yukon)
Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
For the second year running, the Yukon Quest will not have 1,000 mile race. Crystal Schick/Yukon News

The Yukon Quest will be two shorter distance events instead of a 1,000 mile race

After receiving musher feeback, the Yukon Quest Joint Board of Directors to hold two shorter distances races instead of going forward with the 1,000 mile distance

For the second year running, the Yukon Quest will not have 1,000 mile race. Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News

Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Sarah Walz leads a softball training session in Dawson City. Photo submitted by Sport Yukon.

Girls and women are underserved in sport: Sport Yukon

Sport Yukon held a virtual event to celebrate and discuss girls and women in sport

Sarah Walz leads a softball training session in Dawson City. Photo submitted by Sport Yukon.
Paddlers start their 715 kilometre paddling journey from Rotary Park in Whitehorse on June 26, 2019. The 2021 Yukon River Quest will have a different look. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

The 22nd annual Yukon River Quest moves closer to start date

Although the race will be modified in 2021, a field of 48 teams are prepared to take the 715 kilometre journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City on the Yukon River

Paddlers start their 715 kilometre paddling journey from Rotary Park in Whitehorse on June 26, 2019. The 2021 Yukon River Quest will have a different look. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
John Tonin/Yukon News Squash players duke it out during Yukon Open tournament action at Better Bodies on June 5.

Four division titles earned at squash Yukon Open

The territory’s squash talent was on full display at the 2021 Yukon Open

John Tonin/Yukon News Squash players duke it out during Yukon Open tournament action at Better Bodies on June 5.