Top Yukon athletes receive funds

Some of the Yukon's premier athletes were able to celebrate Canada Day under less financial pressure with the release of this year's Yukon High Performance Assistance Program grants on Tuesday.

Some of the Yukon’s premier athletes were able to celebrate Canada Day under less financial pressure with the release of this year’s Yukon High Performance Assistance Program grants on Tuesday.

The 20 athletes, who have demonstrated their potential at provincial, Western Canadian, national or international competitions, will split $70,000 based on their gold, silver or bronze level status as well as their history in the sport.

“You have to be at a certain level and you have to progress up the system—you can only be a silver-level athlete for two years (for example) before you progress to gold,” said Vern Haggard, sport consultant with the sport and recreation branch. “The funding that is allocated is determined by the Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee and there are some athletes that are considered automatic—they’re above the bar and they get the maximum amount. And there are others that are gold level but get less.

“Theoretically there could be some bronze-level athletes who might as high or higher than silver-level athletes based on their demonstrated level of competitions.”

Also announced was $399,000 in Yukon Sport for Life funding, including $50,000 allocated for Yukoners in the elite-athlete program, such as Brittanee Laverdure, Bronwyn Pasloski, Mackenzie Downing, plus local Olympians Jeane Lassen and Zach Bell.

Another $20,000 from the remaining $349,000 has been designated to in-territory travel so athletes from throughout the Yukon can participate in championships and try-outs for territorial teams.



David Greer (cross-country skiing)  $7,000

Graham Nishikawa (cross-country skiing)  $7,000

Danielle Marcotte (shooting)



Alexandra Gabor (swimming) 


Janelle Greer

(cross-country skiing)  $6,500

Emily Nishikawa (cross-country skiing)


Dahria Beatty (cross-country skiing)  $4,000

Ryan Burlingame (biathlon)  $2,500

Anna Rivard (gymnastics)  $2,000

Troy Henry (speed skating)  $2,000

Colin Abbott (orienteering)  $1,500

Lee Hawkings (orienteering)  $1,500

Chelsea Duncan (curling)


Jenna Duncan (curling)  $1,500

Linea Eby (curling)


Sarah Koltun (curling)


Nicholas Koltun (curling)  $1,250

Will Mahoney (curling)


Thomas Scoffin (curling)  $1,250

Mitchell Young (curling)  $1,250

Total Athletes



Bonita Rogers (gymnastics)



Provision for international representation


Total High Performance funding


Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
RCMP hosting internet safety webinars for parents and caregivers

The webinars will take place on March 23 and 25

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

Most Read