This past weekend it was Carmacks’ turn to host the territory.
A total of 66 swimmers from seven Yukon communities participated in the Swim Yukon 2015 Territorial Summer Swim Meet in Carmacks, up from 51 at last year’s championship in Mayo.
“We try to put it in a different rural community every year so everyone has access,” said Swim Yukon summer co-ordinator Krista Senez. “Last year we held it in Mayo and in Faro the year before.”
Five swimmers at the meet won three or more gold medals at the meet.
Dawson City’s Tess Morin swam to five gold in the females 8-9 category. Faro’s Zack Bekk claimed four wins in males 12-15. Faro’s Willis Bolton swam to three gold and two silver in males 16-and-over. Carcross’ Kassua Dreyer picked up three gold and a silver in females 10-11. Carmacks’ Lucas Mayor snagged three gold and a silver in males 10-11.
In addition to the five swimming events, the annual event also included five junior lifeguard competition events.
“It’s from the Lifesaving Society. They use them to train the junior guards in different skills like towing with fins – so you have to rescue the mannequin and swim back with it,” said Senez.
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