Yukon athletes high kick butt in traditional events

Yukon winning big in traditional events at the Arctic Winter Games has become, well, tradition. Yukon athletes won seven medals in arctic sports and 10 ulus in Dene games in Fairbanks last week.


Yukon winning big in traditional events at the Arctic Winter Games has become, well, tradition.

Yukon athletes won seven medals in arctic sports and 10 ulus in Dene games in Fairbanks last week.

The territory’s very first gold medal of the Games came in arctic sports.

Robyn Poulter leapt to gold in the kneel jump in junior female.

“I’m just so excited,” said Poulter shortly after the win. “This is the one thing that if I were to medal, this would be the one I’d medal in. I didn’t expect gold, but it’s a great surprise.”

Poulter, who turned 15 the next day, jumped 102.9 centimetres to take gold.

Fayne O’Donovan won silver in the one-foot high kick, and bronze in the triple jump and the arm pull, to win silver all-around in junior female.

O’Donovan, who is a multiple-time Yukon gymnastics champion, also took fourth in the two-foot high-kick.

Matthew Jacobson took bronze in the head pull for open male.

Reena Coyne completed 110 jumps to take bronze in the sledge jump in junior female.

Hand games and snow snake were good to Yukon last week.

Yukon grabbed three medals in hand games in the Dene events with gold in junior female and open male, and bronze in juvenile female.

Anthony Primozic took gold in the snow snake on his way to bronze in all around junior male

Doronn Fox took gold in snow snake in open male for the second Arctic Games in a row.

Brittney Brown threw to bronze in the snow snake for silver all-around in junior female.

Jedrek Dendys won bronze in snow snake for junior male and Justin Smith did the same in open male.

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