Team Yukon finished first in the small team category at the Native Youth Olympics 2019 Traditional Games Championship on March 16 and 17 in Juneau, Alaska. (Submitted/Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle)

Yukoners win team competition at Native Youth Olympics 2019 Traditional Games Championship

The team of three finished first in the small team category

Three Yukon athletes were in Juneau, Alaska, for the Native Youth Olympics 2019 Traditional Games Championship on March 16 and 17 at Thunder Mountain High School.

The Native Youth Olympics are an Alaskan competition featuring the type of events commonly associated with Arctic sports in the Yukon, including scissor broad jump, kneel jump, wrist carry, one-foot high kick, Dene stick pull, Inuit stick pull, two-foot high kick, one-hand reach, Alaska high kick and seal hop.

The Juneau event is a regional competition held in the lead up to the state-wide Native Youth Olympics to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, near the end of April and included 12 teams from Alaskan schools, teams from Whitehorse and Northern Arizona University, and individual athletes from four more Alaskan communities.

Team Yukon, composed of Kate Koepke, Emily King and Kuduat Shorty-Henyu, won the overall team award for small teams — those with less than five team members — and both Koepke and King won first all-around in their respective middle school and high school age groups.

Koepke finished first in kneel jump, one-foot high kick, wrist carry, Dene stick pull, two-foot high kick, one-hand reach, Alaskan high kick and seal hop, as well as finishing second in scissor broad jump and third in Inuit stick pull.

King won scissor broad jump, knee jump, one-foot high kick, two-foot high kick and seal hop, finished second in one-hand reach and fifth in wrist carry.

Shorty-Henyu finished fourth in the open men division seal hop.

Coach Sarah Walz said the championship, which is still a relatively new event in Juneau, was a success for the Yukoners.

“Overall it went really well,” said Walz. “I think everyone was pleased with how they did and will hopefully go back again next year.”

While next year’s competition is a year away, the state championships are approaching much faster and Walz said she hopes Koepke and King will join a larger group of athletes for the competition in Anchorage.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at john.hopkinshill@yukon-news.com

Small team overall standings

1 Whitehorse 82 points
2 University of Alaska Southeast 40 points
3 Ketchikan 24 points

High school girls overall

1 Emily King 30 points
2 Racquel Slim 19 points
3 Sara Steeves 16 points

Middle school girls overall

1 Kate Koepke 47 points
2 Sophielynda Agoney 15 points
2 Luella Tumulak 15 points

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

Just Posted

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Submitted
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

adsf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 26, 2021

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

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read