More than 180 participants with Team Yukon will be in Swift Current, Saskatchewan from August 9 to 18 to compete in the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
Yukon athletes between the ages of 13 and 20 years old will compete in 11 sports at the Games, including athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, canoe/kayak, cycling, golf, soccer, swimming, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.
Athletes, mission staff, coaches and support staff gathered for a pep rally on August 7 in Whitehorse to meet each other and enjoy food, refreshments and activities.
The Western Canada Summer Games were established in 1975 and are held every four years. This year, 1,700 athletes, coaches, officials and mission staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut are expected to participate.
In 1999, Yukon sent 47 athletes to the Western Canada Summer Games in Prince Albert. Today, we are sending more than 180 participants to Swift Current. We are so proud of our athletes and the growth of amateur competitive sports in Yukon. Go, Team Yukon!
Minister of Community Services John Streicker
Team Yukon at this year’s Western Canada Summer Games consists of 134 athletes and 48 coaches, managers, support and mission staff.
Local radio stations CBC and CKRW will feature daily interviews with athletes.