Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
June 12, 2012

Nearly $1.4 million in sport and recreation funding announced

WHITEHORSE—More than $970,000 will be awarded in Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee (YRAC) grants and more than $400,000 in funding for athlete and coaching enhancement initiatives under the Yukon Sport for Life and Elite Athlete (YS4L) programs, Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

“I am pleased to announce our continued support for Yukon’s sport and recreation organizations, our athletes, coaches and officials, all of whom contribute tremendously to building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Yukon,” Taylor said. “This annual funding provides vital support to sport and recreation programs for Yukoners of all ages.”

Under YRAC, 36 sport organizations and recreation groups will share $876,067, and 29 athletes and five officials will share $100,000. Under the Yukon Sport for Life Program, 23 Yukon sport governing bodies will share $348,000 for enhanced athlete and coaching development programs. An additional $59,500 in Elite Athlete Program funding will be distributed among seven Yukon nationally-ranked elite athletes.

“Thanks to YRAC funding, Yukon provides a full continuum of sport opportunities to Yukoners with an intellectual disability,” Special Olympics executive director Serge Michaud said. “This funding will have a positive impact on the quality of life for many Special Olympic athletes.”

For a complete list of the grants awarded visit Sport and Recreation at: www.community.gov.yk.ca.

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Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

  

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

 

 

Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee (YRAC) grants

Funding for the annual YRAC grants is made possible by a revenue sharing agreement between Yukon Lottery Commission and Government of Yukon. The grants are adjudicated by the Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee and administered by Community Services. A Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee jury representing the sport community and the Yukon government also allocates funding for the High Performance Athletes and Officials Program.

Yukon Sport for Life Program & Elite Athlete Program

The Yukon Sport for Life program focuses on enhancing athlete and coaching development in the territory at high performance and elite levels. It also aims to encourage rural and Aboriginal participation in sport.

Yukon’s elite athletes include seven who are carded* members of Team Canada , including cyclist Zach Bell, wrestler Brittanee Laverdure, swimmer MacKenzie Downing, weightlifter Jeane Lassen, and cross country skiers Emily Nishikawa, Graham Nishikawa and David Greer.

*A carded athlete is a Canadian athlete identified by National Sport Organizations using criteria established by Sport Canada as performing at or having the greatest potential to achieve top 16 results at Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. (See www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267374509734)

 

2012 – 2013 Sport Organizations Funding by Funding Program

Organization

YRAC*

YS4L**

TOTAL

 

Alpine Ski Association

$11,500

$2,000

$13,500

Arctic Edge Skating Club

8,800

23,000

31,800

Athletic Yukon

955

955

Basketball Yukon

33,000

37,500

70,500

Biathlon Yukon

11,000

11,000

Canoe and Kayak

2,562

2,562

Cross Country Yukon

92,000

58,500

150,500

Cycling Association of Yukon

5,000

4,000

9,000

Equine Association of Yukon

4,500

2,600

7,100

Judo Yukon

7,500

7,500

Snowboard Yukon Association

5,500

7,500

13,000

Softball Yukon

20,250

20,250

Sport Yukon

132,000

 

132,000

Squash Yukon

15,000

8,700

23,700

Swim Yukon

39,000

31,000

70,000

Synchro Yukon Association

4,500

500

5,000

Table Tennis Yukon

3,000

1,000

4,000

Tennis Yukon Association

8,500

13,200

21,700

Volleyball Yukon

24,000

12,500

36,500

Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle

14,000

14,000

Yukon Amateur Hockey Association

70,000

33,200

103,200

Yukon Amateur Speed Skating Association

11,500

12,200

23,700

Yukon Badminton Association

8,500

3,500

12,000

Yukon Curling Association

13,000

5,500

18,500

Yukon Freestyle Ski Association

7,000

12,500

19,500

Yukon Golf Association

5,500

5,000

10,500

Yukon Gymnastic Association

27,500

19,500

47,000

Yukon Orienteering Association

7,500

1,100

8,600

Yukon Shooting Federation

3,000

3,000

Yukon Soccer Association

90,000

39,500

129,500

Total Funding for Sport Organizations

$672,067

$348,000

$1,020,067

 

Yukon Special Recreation Groups

 

 

 

ElderActive Recreation Association

$15,000

 

$15,000

Girl Guides – Yukon Council

14,000

 

14,000

Recreation & Parks Association of the Yukon

63,000

 

63,000

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

63,000

 

63,000

Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle

17,000

 

17,000

Yukon Scout Council

10,000

 

10,000

Yukon Special Olympics

22,000

 

22,000

Total Special Recreation Groups

$204,000

$204,000

 

 

TOTAL Funding

$876,067

$348,000

$1,224,067


2012 – 2013 High Performance Program (YRAC)

Officials

Bachli, Joyce

$500

Choy, Kelly

1,000

Gaw, Tony

1,000

Stuart, Brian

500

Swim Yukon

1,000

Total High Performance Officials

$4,000

Athletes

Abbott, Colin

$5,500

Beatty, Dahria

7,000

Braga, Haley

2,750

Bray, Trevor

1,500

Brook, Fabian

4,500

Burlingame, Ryan

2,250

Clarke, Heather

1,750

Curtis, Jennifer

2,250

Duncan, Chelsea

1,750

Duncan, Jenna

1,750

Gonda, David

2,500

Greer, Janelle

7,000

Hawkings, Lee

2,000

Henry, Troy

3,500

Hoffman, Bryn

3,750

Johnsgaard, Knute

7,000

Kolton, Sarah

1,750

Mahoney, Will

1,750

McArthur, Erin

2,750

McLean, Caelan

500

Melvin-McNutt, Max

3,250

Murray, Kendra

2,000

Parry, John

4,000

Pettitt, Rachell

3,750

Reams, Jessie

4,000

Sabo, Ray

3,000

Scoffin, Thomas

4,000

Skerget, Spencer

1,750

Young, Mitchell

1,750

Total High Performance Athletes

$ 91,000

Potential World Championship Bonuses

$5,000

Total High Performance Program

$100,000


 

2012 – 2013 Elite Athletes Program (Y4SL)


Elite Athletes (Carded by Sport Canada)

Zach Bell

$8,500

MacKenzie Downing

8,500

David Greer

8,500

Jeane Lassen

8,500

Brittanee Laverdure

8,500

Emily Nishikawa

8,500

Graham Nishikawa

8,500

Total Elite Athletes

$59,500

 

* YRAC - Yukon Rec Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee
**YS4L - Yukon Sport for Life Program


News Release #12-113