Twenty three Yukon XC skiers selected for Arctics

Not only will Yukon be represented by a big cross-country ski team at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games, it'll be an experienced one.

Not only will Yukon be represented by a big cross-country ski team at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games, it’ll be an experienced one.

A total of 23 skiers have been named to the squad, Cross Country Yukon announced Monday, many with prior major Games under their belt.

“We have one of the more competitive team for AWG in years,” said head coach Alain Masson in an email to the News.

With 23 skiers on board, Yukon will have eight more than at the 2014 Games in Fairbanks (a year that saw the Games conflict with the Haywood Ski Nationals) and even one more than the 2012 Games that were hosted by Whitehorse.

Six members of the team – Hannah Jirousek, Dagmar Janzen, Regan Fuerstner, Liam Mather, Nichollis Schmidt and Michael Kischuck – competed at the 2014 Arctic Games.

Jirousek won a bronze in the five-kilometre free midget female race and was also on Yukon’s bronze winning 3×3-kilometre freestyle relay midget team with Fuerstner in 2014. Fuerstner also placed fifth in the five-kilometre free midget race and sixth in the 10-kilometre classic.

Other members of this year’s team, which was selected following the Don Sumanik Memorial Races in Whitehorse last month, include Natalie Hynes, Sophia Bond, Hannah Deuling, Mira Mason, Alexis Gee, Kate Mason, Alliya Thomson, Dahlia Lapointe and Sonja Schmidt for females and Jaimie Phillips-Freedman, Jude Slater, Simon Cash, Pelly Vincent-Braun, Derek Deuling, Sasha Masson, Victor Thibeault and Ben Puskas for males.

Cash, Gee, Hynes and Kischuk also raced for Yukon at the 2012 Games in Whitehorse.

Three members of the team – Hynes, Hannah Deuling and Cash – also skied at the 2015 Canada Winter Games just under a year ago in Prince George, B.C.

Hynes and Deuling skied on Yukon’s bronze winning 4×3.75-kilometre relay team at the Games in Prince George.

Not only did Hynes qualify for the Arctics team at the Sumanik races, she won the Sumanik Cup for females, posting the lowest combined times in the two days of racing.

The 17-year-old also won four medals in five races in Haywood NorAms races to start the season and was selected as second alternate for Team Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

“At the beginning of the season you don’t know what to expect until you start racing. It’s been really fun. I’ve had a great time traveling with the team this year,” said Hynes said in a recent interview with the News. “It’s amazing having (coaches like) Alain and Amanda (Deuling) there every week. And my parents of course. And just having teammates helping me out.”

Jan Downing and Amanda Deuling will be the team’s assistant coaches for the Arctic Winter Games that will take place March 6-11 in Nuuk, Greenland.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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

Just Posted

Fourth person recovers from COVID-19

No new cases in the territory.

Wyatt’s World

John Hopkins-Hill News Reporter… Continue reading

New measures make previous COVID-19 orders enforceable

Violators could face a fine, up to six months in jail or both

Owner of Whitehorse home targeted in police raid wants more communication between cops, landlords

Marie-Pierre Leblanc Demers is the owner of 5051 Fifth Ave. in downtown Whitehorse


Wyatt’s World

Carcross/Tagish First Nation postpones general election

Carcross/Tagish First Nation has postponed its general election for chief until further… Continue reading

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in postpones election of chief

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in has postponed its election for chief after all three candidates… Continue reading

Organizers continue to plan for Reckless Raven

Significant changes or eventual cancellation not ruled out

City readies for another food truck season

Physical distance will be encouraged

Comprehensive Review of HSS report extended 30 days

The Yukon government has given the independent expert panel, charged with the… Continue reading

Yukon government announces supports for businesses forced to cancel events, clarifies precautions for mining industry

Temporary funding program passed to help businesses and NGOs who lost money on cancelled events.

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. Formalizing… Continue reading

Air North not informed by officials of COVID-19 case, president says

Joe Sparling says Air North learned via social media that passenger on flight had COVID-19

Most Read