Kudos to Team Yukon

Brad Cathers, MLA for Lake Laberge

As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services

Whenever Yukoners travel outside the territory, no matter the purpose, they become ambassadors for Yukon.

As the new minister responsible for sport in Yukon, I am proud of the way Team Yukon represented our territory while competing at the Canada Summer Games this month in Sherbrooke, Que.

This was one of the most successful Canada Summer Games for Yukon.

Our 98 athletes participated in nine sports – athletics, canoe/kayak, golf, mountain biking, road cycling, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball – and I’d like to congratulate all of them for their hard work, dedication to training and the skills, talent and sportsmanship they have showcased on the national stage.

Their achievements are too many to list in total here, but I’d like to make note of a few.

It was the first time in history that Yukon had athletes in canoe/kayak; we sent our largest team ever in athletics, who competed in field events, sprints and distance runs; a number of personal bests were achieved; and runner Logan Roots made an A Final in the 1,500-metre race.

In addition, we are very proud of Jessica Frotten, a Yukoner who won three bronze medals in three wheelchair sprint races.

In these Games, she competed for Saskatchewan, but we know that she carried Yukon in her heart and we certainly consider her one of ours.

Congratulations to Jessica and all the dedicated Yukon athletes who worked so hard to reach new goals in these Games.

And let’s not forget all those who have supported our athletes – the coaches, managers, support staff, mission staff, families and friends. I’d like to extend my thanks to them as well.

Our deputy premier and previous minister responsible for sport, Elaine Taylor, travelled to Quebec during the Games.

In conjunction with other meetings, she was able to be there to cheer on our athletes, on behalf of the Yukon government.

Team Yukon’s participation in the 2013 Canada Summer Games was supported by $150,000 in funding from the Government of Yukon and additional support from sports organizations, the business community and Yukoners.

We are proud to offer this support. It’s a key part of your government’s overall investment in the health, wellbeing and quality of life of all Yukoners.

The athletes who competed at the Canada Summer Games are an inspiration for us all.