Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #09-157
June 30, 2009

$70,000 in Yukon High Performance Sports Grants Awarded

WHITEHORSE – High performance athletes and one official will receive $70,000 in funding in 2009-10 through the Yukon High Performance Assistance Program (YHPAP), Community Services Minister Archie Lang announced today at an awards ceremony.

“This funding helps develop Yukon’s high performance athletes and officials,” Lang said. “While many of our programs help Yukoners as a whole participate in sport and recreation, this program specifically assists some of our most talented and dedicated athletes and coaches achieve excellence in their sports. These athletes and officials represent Yukon at national and international competitions; they also inspire Yukon youth and athletes of all ages.”

The program provides varying amounts of funding to Yukon athletes who have either performed well or demonstrated potential at provincial, western Canadian, national, or international events. Twenty athletes will be funded through this program in 2009-10.

Officials also receive assistance through the program to upgrade their skills and certification. One high level official was funded under this program.

Grants are determined by a jury drawn from the sport community and the Yukon government. Funding is provided jointly by Community Services and the Yukon Lottery Commission. The $70,000 was allocated to this program on the recommendation of the Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee.


See the list of 2009-10 YHPAP grant recipients below.

Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications
Mac Hislop
Communications, Community Services


Yukon High Performance Assistance Program Funding


Applicants receiving funding to assist with their training, competition or upgrading in 2009-10 under the Yukon High Performance Assistance Program are:

 Athletes         Amount ($)
David Greer  Cross Country Skiing - Gold 

 $  7,000

Graham Nishikawa  Cross Country Skiing - Gold 


Danielle Marcotte  Shooting - Gold 


Alexandra Gabor  Swimming - Gold 


Janelle Greer  Cross Country Skiing - Gold 


Emily Nishikawa  Cross Country Skiing - Gold


Dahria Beatty  Cross Country Skiing - Silver


Ryan Burlingame  Biathlon - Silver 


Anna Rivard  Gymnastics - Bronze 


Troy Henry  Speed Skating - Bronze 


Colin Abbott  Orienteering - Gold 


Lee Hawkings  Orienteering - Gold 


Chelsea Duncan  Curling - Bronze 


Jenna Duncan  Curling - Bronze


Linea Eby   Curling - Bronze 


Sarah Koltun  Curling - Bronze 


Nicholas Koltun  Curling - Bronze


Will Mahoney  Curling - Bronze 


Thomas Scoffin  Curling - Bronze 


Mitchell Young  Curling - Bronze 


Total Athletes      


Bonita Rogers  Gymnastics   


Total Official       


Provision for International Representation   


Total High Performance Funding     

 $ 70,000

Provision for International Representation Funding: Any of the athletes receiving funding may also be eligible for an additional $1,000 or $500 if they represent Canada in their sport at a world championship or major international competition in 2009-10.