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Team Yukon takes part in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games that were held in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories, the last time the games were held prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 230 Team Yukon athletes and cultural contingent members will be making their way to the 2023 games beginning Jan. 29 in Wood Buffalo, Alta. (Sarah Lewis/Team Yukon)

Team Yukon gets set for Arctic Winter Games

It’s the first AWG since 2018

Attendees are seen gathered in downtown Whitehorse during the 1972 Arctic Winter Games. The full video can be found on the National Film Board’s website. (Screenshot/National Film Board)

Video footage of 1972 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse digitized

The National film Board (NFB) of Canada has published the first four editions of the games from 1970 to 1976

Noah Connell joined Lakehead University cross-country ski team last fall. (Credit/Noah Connell)

Yukon athletes join varsity programs

Noah Connell has been skiing since he was 4. When he was selected by Lakehead University Thunderwolves to join their cross-country ski team, Noah said it was a dream come true.

The Haines Glacier Bears took on the F.H. Collins Warriors in the senior girls’ final on Dec. 10 at F.H. Collins Secondary School. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Jamie Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament returns at full throttle

Eighteen games played over four days at F.H. Collins Secondary School

The Haines Glacier Bears took on the F.H. Collins Warriors in the senior girls’ final on Dec. 10 at F.H. Collins Secondary School. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Athletes watch a competitor perform on the freestyle moguls at Mount Sima during the 2007 Canada Winter Games. The territory’s withdraw from the bid to host the 2027 Canada Winter Games has raised questions in the legislature. (File Photo)

Grappling with the Games

2027 Canada Games bid withdrawl focus of debate

Athletes watch a competitor perform on the freestyle moguls at Mount Sima during the 2007 Canada Winter Games. The territory’s withdraw from the bid to host the 2027 Canada Winter Games has raised questions in the legislature. (File Photo)
U.S. racer Hunter Eid was the fastest man in the Mount Sima slalom race on Nov. 19, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
U.S. racer Hunter Eid was the fastest man in the Mount Sima slalom race on Nov. 19, 2022. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Athletes watch a competitor perform on the freestyle moguls at Mount Sima during the 2007 Canada Winter Games, the only time the national sporting event has been hosted North of 60. Officials are expressing disappointment that the bid for Whitehorse and the Yukon to host the 2027 Games will not move forward. (File photo)
Athletes watch a competitor perform on the freestyle moguls at Mount Sima during the 2007 Canada Winter Games, the only time the national sporting event has been hosted North of 60. Officials are expressing disappointment that the bid for Whitehorse and the Yukon to host the 2027 Games will not move forward. (File photo)
Piers McDonald, chair of the 2027 Canada Winter Games bid committee, says he’s disappointed the territory will not proceed with the bid to hose the 2027 Canada Winter Games. (Yukon News file)

Yukon cancels bid for 2027 Canada Winter Games

Federal support is not enough, says minister

Piers McDonald, chair of the 2027 Canada Winter Games bid committee, says he’s disappointed the territory will not proceed with the bid to hose the 2027 Canada Winter Games. (Yukon News file)
Dylan Reed, representing the Yukon, gets big air during the 2017 Canada Cup event at Mount Sima. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News Files)

Canada Cup freestyle skiing returning to Mount Sima

2021 event was cancelled due to the pandemic

Dylan Reed, representing the Yukon, gets big air during the 2017 Canada Cup event at Mount Sima. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News Files)
Judo Yukon sent five athletes to the the Peak International Judo Tournament held at Simon Fraser University from October 21-23. (Judo Yukon/Submitted)

Yukon Judokas win in British Columbia

Medal haul includes two gold medals

Judo Yukon sent five athletes to the the Peak International Judo Tournament held at Simon Fraser University from October 21-23. (Judo Yukon/Submitted)
From top left, clockwise, Alex Petriw (Team Yukon Photo), Thomas Bakica (Team Yukon Photo), Isidore Champagne (Loyalist College Photo), Mia Barrault (Team Yukon Photo).

Four Yukon athletes made varsity teams in 2022

Three swimmers and a biathlete turned cross country runner represent the territory at universities

From top left, clockwise, Alex Petriw (Team Yukon Photo), Thomas Bakica (Team Yukon Photo), Isidore Champagne (Loyalist College Photo), Mia Barrault (Team Yukon Photo).
Richard Pierre knocks a slalom gate pole free of its flag during the Yukon Cup races at Mount Sima on Mar. 5. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Whitehorse’s Mount Sima will host international ski event

Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) slalom event to be held Nov. 18 and 19

Richard Pierre knocks a slalom gate pole free of its flag during the Yukon Cup races at Mount Sima on Mar. 5. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Team Yukon is seen at the Manitoba Open in Winnipeg. The event was held from Oct. 14 to 16 with the team bringing home three medals. (Chrystal McLean/Courtesy)

Judo Yukon brings home hardware from Manitoba Open

Judo Yukon is three medals richer after the Manitoba Open. The competition,…

Team Yukon is seen at the Manitoba Open in Winnipeg. The event was held from Oct. 14 to 16 with the team bringing home three medals. (Chrystal McLean/Courtesy)
New dates have been announced for the 2023 Yukon River Quest. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News Files)
New dates have been announced for the 2023 Yukon River Quest. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News Files)
The Canada Games Centre has been highlighted as a legacy of the 2007 Canada Winter Games with Whitehorse city council now considering whether to move forward with the bid to co-host the 2027 Canada Winter Games with the territory. (Yukon News file)
The Canada Games Centre has been highlighted as a legacy of the 2007 Canada Winter Games with Whitehorse city council now considering whether to move forward with the bid to co-host the 2027 Canada Winter Games with the territory. (Yukon News file)
Runners along the Yukon River waterfront. (Submitted)
Runners along the Yukon River waterfront. (Submitted)
Piers McDonald, chair of the 2027 Canada Winter Games bid committee, highlights potential plans for the Games at a Sept. 14 press conference. Whitehorse city council and the Yukon government will be deciding whether to move forward with the plans in the coming weeks. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Piers McDonald, chair of the 2027 Canada Winter Games bid committee, highlights potential plans for the Games at a Sept. 14 press conference. Whitehorse city council and the Yukon government will be deciding whether to move forward with the plans in the coming weeks. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whole teams gathered at the start of the Klondike Road Relay to cheer on the first runner of their crew in Skagway on Sept. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

PHOTOS: 1,500 runners take on Klondike Road Relay

The 39th run from Skagway to Whitehorse took place Sept. 9 and 10

Whole teams gathered at the start of the Klondike Road Relay to cheer on the first runner of their crew in Skagway on Sept. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Sarah Walz, Softball Yukon’s new executive director, is seen coaching youth at Minto Park in Dawson in 2021. (Courtesy/Softball Yukon)
Sarah Walz, Softball Yukon’s new executive director, is seen coaching youth at Minto Park in Dawson in 2021. (Courtesy/Softball Yukon)
The territory’s 55+ swim team is seen at the Canada 55+ Games in Kamloops, British Columbia. Members of the team brought home 15 of the 74 medals won by the Yukon in total. (Submitted)

Yukon finds success at the Canada 55+ Games

Territory caps off medal-winning Games with sing-along kitchen party

The territory’s 55+ swim team is seen at the Canada 55+ Games in Kamloops, British Columbia. Members of the team brought home 15 of the 74 medals won by the Yukon in total. (Submitted)