Government of Yukon announces further funding for territory’s high performance athletes

The Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Yukon Lottery Commission, today announced 20 Yukon athletes and one official will receive $33,000 for the second intake of this year’s High Performance Athlete Assistance Program.  

In June 2020, $69,500 was awarded to 26 athletes and three officials for the program’s first intake for 2020. There were two intakes this year due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The High Performance Athlete Assistance Program offers support to individual Yukon athletes and officials who have demonstrated they are at a high or elite performance level.

Though COVID-19 has temporarily interrupted major sport competitions, we look forward to the day when Yukoners can again compete at these events. This funding will support our territory’s amazing athletes during this time, allowing them to continue their training and skill development and ensuring they are ready for competition when these events return.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon High Performance Athlete Assistance Program provides funding for athletes who have demonstrated performance that is beyond the territorial level, with the potential for improvement at the provincial, national or international levels. 

  • Typically, there is only one intake for this program every year, which is announced in June. However, a second intake was introduced in 2020 to give athletes and officials an opportunity to apply for funding once they had a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on their training and competitions.

  • Given the evolving situation of COVID-19, the Government of Yukon is approaching this year’s sport and recreation funding with flexibility and will continue to do so.

Backgrounder 

Athletes

Emmett Kapaniuk

Archery

$1,500

Anton Tutdhorn Menzel

Badminton

$1,500

Jayden Demchuk

Basketball/Soccer

$2,500

Julianne Girouard

Canoe Kayak - Flatwater

$2,500

Rogan Parry

Canoe Kayak - Flatwater

$1,500

Natalie Hynes

Cross Country Skiing

$2,000

Bayly Scoffin

Curling

$500

Neizha Snider

Curling

$500

Taylor  Legge

Curling

$500

Camille Belanger

Gymnastics

$500

Maude Molgat

Gymnastics

$1,500

Wynne Anderson-Lindsay

Hockey

$1,000

Taylor Bierlmeier

Hockey

$2,000

Conner LaBar

Hockey

$1,000

Owen Palfreyman

Hockey

$2,500

Joseph Hanson

Soccer

$3,000

Bennett Kishchuk

Soccer

$2,000

Dawson Weir

Soccer

$1,000

Callum Weir

Soccer

$2,000

Arcel Siosan

Volleyball

$2,500

Officials

Jessica Woodhouse

Gymnastics

$1,000

Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca 

Odile Nelson
Communications, Community Services
867-332-0886
odile.nelson@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-316