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FOR RELEASE
June 12, 2014

More than $1.3 million in sport and recreation funding announced

WHITEHORSE—Partnerships between the Government of Yukon, Yukon Lottery Commission and Sport Canada have made more than $1.3 million in grants available to Yukon’s sport and recreation community.

“Sport and recreation organizations, our athletes, coaches and officials contribute tremendously to building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Yukon,” Minister of Community Services Brad Cathers said. “I am pleased to announce our continued funding to these groups and individuals.”

This year, 26 different sport organizations will receive financial support through the Yukon Sport 4 Life program. The High Performance program will fund 34 individual officials and athletes and the Elite Athlete Program will invest in five Yukon athletes who have been identified by national sport organizations. In total, 30 sport organizations and six recreational groups will receive funding through the Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee.

“Thanks to these annual grants, there are great opportunities in Yukon communities for children and youth to engage in active, healthy and fun activities,” Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon executive director Anne Morgan said. “By supporting local leaders, ensuring resources and access to training, this funding has a positive impact on the quality of life for many children and youth across Yukon.”

Visit Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee Funding.

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Backgrounder and list of spring 2014 recipients below.

 
Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7949
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

Roxanne Stasyszyn
Communications, Community Services
867-667-5650
roxanne.stasyszyn@gov.yk.ca

 

Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee (YRAC)
The Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee (YRAC) is made up of six representatives of the sport community from across Yukon. They meet once per year to adjudicate annual funding applications from Yukon’s sport and recreation organizations. The current members of YRAC are Tim Brady-Whitehorse (Chair), Marg White-Whitehorse, Benita Parkkari-Whitehorse, Sharon Peter-Mayo, Johnny Nunan-Dawson, Bill Stonehouse-Whitehorse.

Funding for the annual YRAC grants is made possible by a revenue sharing agreement between the Yukon Lottery Commission and the Yukon government. It is administered through the Department of Community Services’ Sport & Recreation Branch.

Yukon Sport 4 Life Program
The Yukon Sport 4 Life (YS4L) program was established in 2008. It supports coach and athlete development in the territory with a specific focus on encouraging rural and First Nation participation in sport. As well as providing annual grants, the program also supports the Kids Recreation Fund, Respect in Sport programs, the In-Territory Travel Fund, the Physical Literacy program, the Moving to Inclusion initiative and the Special Olympics Development Games.

Yukon Sport 4 Life is funded by the Government of Yukon and a bilateral funding arrangement with Sport Canada. Sports organizations across the territory apply through a proposal process which is adjudicated by a peer group of sport experts and a member of YRAC.

High Performance Funding
This program is specifically for Yukon athletes selected by their sport organization. The training and development of sport officials may also be supported through this program. The High Performance program is funded through a revenue sharing agreement between the Yukon Lottery Commission and the Government of Yukon.

Elite Athlete Program
The Elite Athlete program is supported by the Yukon government as part of the Yukon Sport 4 Life (YS4L) program and focuses on Yukon’s Carded Athletes*.
(*A Carded Athlete is someone identified by Sport Canada as having the greatest potential to achieve top results at Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. See Athlete Assistance Program for more details.)

2014 – 2015 Sport Organizations Funding by Funding Program

Organization

YRAC*

YS4L**

TOTAL

Alpine Ski Association

$9,000

 $5,000

 $14,000

Arctic Edge Skating Club

9,000

25,900

 34,900

Athletic Yukon

6,000

 4,000

 10,000

Basketball Yukon

29,435

 25,000

 54,435

Biathlon Yukon

10,500

 8,000

 18,500

Canoe and Kayak

5,000

 

 5,000

Cross Country Yukon

90,000

 52,500

 142,500

Cycling Association of Yukon

2,500

 4,500

 7,000

Equine Association of Yukon

4,500

10,500

  15,000

Judo Yukon

8,500

  4,700

 13,200

Snowboard Yukon Association

10,000

 9,000

 19,000

Softball Yukon

15,000

 

 15,000

Sport Yukon

127,000

 

 127,000

Squash Yukon

13,500

 8,000

 21,500

Swim Yukon

37,000

 32,500

 69,500

Synchro Yukon Association

5,000

 4,500

 9,500

Table Tennis Yukon

2,500

 1,500

 4,000

Tennis Yukon Association

8,500

 10,350

 18,850

Volleyball Yukon

25,000

 10,000

 35,000

Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle

32,000

 6,000

 38,000

Yukon Amateur Hockey Association

65,000

 45,350

 110,350

Yukon Amateur Speed Skating Association

11,000

 6,300

 17,300

Yukon Badminton Association

3,000

 2,000

 5,000

Yukon Curling Association

7,000

  3,500

 10,500

Yukon Freestyle Ski Association

12,000

 24,500

 36,500

Yukon Golf Association

4,500

 7,000

 11,500

Yukon Gymnastic Association

27,500

 26,000

 53,500

Yukon Orienteering Association

6,000

 2,750

 8,750

Yukon Shooting Federation

3,000

 

 3,000

Yukon Soccer Association

88,000

 51,000

 139,000

Total Funding for Sport Organizations $676,935

$390,350

 $1,067,285

       
Yukon Special Recreation Groups      
ElderActive Recreation Association  

12,000

 

 12,000

Girl Guides – Yukon Council

 11,000

 

 11,000

Recreation & Parks Association of the Yukon  

 70,000

 

 70,000

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

 60,000

 

 60,000

Yukon Scout Council

 11,000

 

 11,000

Yukon Special Olympics 

 20,000

 

 20,000

Total Special Recreation Groups 

 184,000

 

 184,000

 TOTAL Funding

$860,935

  $390,350

 $1,251,285


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

 

2014 – 2015 High Performance Program

Sport

Last Name

First Name

Granted

Freestyle Skiing Geoffroy-Gagnon Etienne

 $ 5,000

Cross Country Skiing  Hanthorn Annah

 6,000

Snowboarding Melvin-McNutt Max

 5,500

Figure Skating  Pettitt Rachel

 4,000

Curling Scoffin Thomas

 5,000

Orienteering Bray Trevor

 2,000

Cross Country Skiing Cash Simon

 3,250

Speed Skating   Clarke Heather

 3,000

Cross Country Skiing Deuling Hannah

 3,000

Cross Country Skiing   Deuling Marcus

 3,750

Freestyle Skiing  Harlow Josh

 4,000

Figure Skating Hoffman Bryn

  3,750

Cross Country Skiing Hynes Natalie

 2,750

Cross Country Skiing McLean Caelan

 4,500

Cross Country Skiing Murray Kendra

 3,500

Canoe & Kayak Vincent-Braun Pelly

 4,000

Curling  Jensen Trygg

 1,250

Curling Klassen Brayden

 1,250

Curling Wallingham Joseph

 1,250

Biathlon Adel Liam

  1,000

Freestyle Skiing  Allen Aiden

 1,500

Freestyle Skiing Allen Kyran

 1,500

Orienteering Blake Pia

 1,000

Orienteering Blake Leif

 750

Hockey Burke Angela

 1,500

Biathlon Draper Jake

 1,250

Boxing Evans-Ehricht Roan

 1,250

Swimming Lindsay Cassis

 2,250

Swimming Lindsay Rennes

 2,000

Biathlon Moser Nadia

 2,000

Biathlon Peters Maria

 1,500

Cycling Skerget Spencer

  2,500

       $86,750
Officials    

 

Freestyle Skiing Harlow Lynda

 1,000

Squash Toleman Chris

 500

Potential Bonuses for World Championships    

  2,500

Total Funding for High Performance    

 $90,750

 

2014 – 2015 Elite Athletes Program
Elite Athletes (Carded by Sport Canada)

Aiden Love 

 $ 10,000

Zach Bell

  10,000

Knute Johnsgaard

 10,000

Dahria Beatty

 10,000

Emily Nishikawa

 10,000

Total Elite Athletes

 $ 50,000




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