Government of Yukon


FOR RELEASE     #10-100
June 8, 2010


Sport and athlete funding supports Yukon organizations

WHITEHORSE – A total of $423,000 for the Yukon Sport for Life and Elite Athlete funding programs was announced today by the Community Services Minister Archie Lang at a community gathering.

Twenty-four Yukon sport governing bodies together received $358,450, the Elite Athlete program was awarded $50,000 and another $14,550 went to qualified athletes travelling within Yukon for 2010-11.

“I am pleased to announce our continued support for our excellent sports organizations through the Yukon Sport for Life program,” Lang said. “This program encourages healthy lifestyle choices and contributes to the quality of life for youth, seniors and Yukoners of all ages. Regular exercise and increased participation in sport and physical activities improve physical and mental well-being.”

The Yukon Sport for Life initiative enhances athlete and coaching development in the territory from grassroots to elite levels. It also aims to boost rural, Aboriginal and female participation in physical activity and competitive sports.

“In recognition of our nationally and internationally renowned athletes and coaches, I am also pleased to announce ongoing support for the Elite Athlete program, which helps top athletes strive to achieve their goals,” Lang said. “We believe that the success of these Yukon athletes illustrates the value of our ongoing financial support for sport and recreation.”

Currently four Yukon athletes qualify for Elite Athlete funding: Zach Bell for cycling, Brittanee Laverdure for wrestling, and MacKenzie Downing and Alexandra Gabor for swimming.

Grants are determined by a jury of members representing the sport community and the Yukon government. 


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Contact:  

Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
emily.younker@gov.yk.ca

 

Mac Hislop
Communications, Community Services
867-393-7461
mac.hislop@gov.yk.ca

 


Yukon Sport for Life funding for 2010-11

Yukon Sport Governing Bodies

 Alpine Skiing 

 $     3,000

 Badminton 

 13,000

 Basketball 

 13,000

 Biathlon 

 7,500

 Cross-country skiing 

 56,500

 Curling

  9,500

 Equine 

 700

 Figure skating 

 27,500

 Freestyle skiing 

 19,000

 Golf 

 13,000

 Gymnastics 

 23,500

 Hockey 

 39,700

 Judo 

 5,000

 Orienteering

  5,000

 Shooting 

 2,000

 Snowboarding 

 11,500

 Soccer 

 37,500

 Speed skating 

 10,000

 Squash 

 3,750

 Swimming 

 29,000

 Synchronized swimming 

 2,000

 Table Tennis 

 3,000

 Tennis 

 6,300

 Volleyball 

 17,500

 Sport Governing Body Funding Total * 

 $358,450


 Elite Athlete funding 

 $ 50,000

 Within-Yukon travel support 

 $ 14,550

 Total Funding 

 $ 423,000

* Funding for the sport governing bodies was shared among four categories: Athlete Development ($169,000); Rural and Aboriginal Participation ($38,950); Coach Salary Subsidy ($120,000); and Coaching Enhancement ($30,500).

 

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