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.

Athletes

  Amount

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

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

Danielle Marcotte (shooting)

 

$7,000

Alexandra Gabor (swimming) 

$7,000

Janelle Greer

(cross-country skiing)  $6,500

Emily Nishikawa (cross-country skiing)

$5,500

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)

  $1,500

Jenna Duncan (curling)  $1,500

Linea Eby (curling)

  $1,500

Sarah Koltun (curling)

  $1,500

Nicholas Koltun (curling)  $1,250

Will Mahoney (curling)

  $1,250

Thomas Scoffin (curling)  $1,250

Mitchell Young (curling)  $1,250

Total Athletes

  $64,500

Official

Bonita Rogers (gymnastics)

 

$500

Provision for international representation

$5,000

Total High Performance funding

$70,000

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com