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CHAMPION – Dawson City’s Jack Amos crosses the finish line at the B.C. Cross-Country Championships in Nanaimo.

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CLASS OF 2016 – Paralympic champion Stephanie Dixon was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame this fall. The swimmer is a personal trainer and coach in Whitehorse.

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DIALLED IN – Robyn Poulter competes in the one-foot highkick at the Arctic Sport Inter-School competition at the Kwanlin Dü n Cultural Centre.

The year in review: October

A well-rounded team of 11 Yukoners

By Whitehorse Star on December 30, 2016

October

A well-rounded team of 11 Yukoners attended the North American Orienteering Championships in New Hampshire this fall. Afan Jones swept his races in the men’s 60+ division, Ross Burnett won two silvers and a gold, Leif Blake had a silver and a bronze, Pia Blake won a silver and Nesta Leduc had two golds and a silver.

Sharpshooters were treated to a new cast of 3-D characters to aim for during the Yukon 3-D outdoor archery championships. Kirk Porayko shot a competition-winning 279 and was one of three who earned a score of more than 200. Alan Hansen shot 226 while Levi Stoneman shot 260.

Lindsay Carson remained undefeated in her three years racing the Victoria Marathon 8K. Youngster Naiose Dempsey was the second Yukoner across the line in the race, to finish second in his division.

The Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association announced that standup paddleboards would be added as an official class for the 2017 race. C-4 will also make its first appearance at the Yukon River Quest in 2017.

Special Olympics Yukon remembered a beloved member of their community. Caron Ross died peacefully on Oct. 11. The Special Olympics athlete participated in many of their offered sports, and was a member of the Yukon’s first bocce medal-winning team.

The Huskies opened their season with a 2-0 game sweep against the visiting Bonnyville Senior Pontiacs to begin their season run for the Coy Cup.

Emily Fedoriak, a striker with the SAIT Trojans women’s soccer team, attended the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships., a 180 from the previous season when the team only scored three goals all season. They dropped their quarter-final game against the host Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder 1-0.

Dawson City’s Jack Amos surprised everyone at the B.C. cross-country running championships when he won the midget boys race. His win was the best result a Yukoner has ever posted at that competition.

November

Paralympic champion Stephanie Dixon was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of the seven-person class of 2016. Dixon, one of Canada’s fastest Paralympic swimmers, is a 19-time Paralympic medallist. She now lives in Whitehorse and is a personal trainer and coach.

The F.H. Warriors senior girls volleyball team battled to their first supervolley title in recent memory over the Porter Creek Rams. The Porter Creek Rams’ senior boys held on for the win over the Warriors.

A trio of judokas experienced Outside competition at back-to-back weekend tournaments in Quebec and Ontario.

Cassi Jensen, Shayne Melanson and Daniel Tonner represented Yukon. Melanson earned a bronze medal while Tonner won bronze and Jensen took home gold.

Luke Bakica broke a seven-year-old club record at the Whitehorse Glacier Bears’ home Ryan Downing Memorial swim meet. The 16-year-old now holds the record for 200-metre backstroke, at 2:39.04.

At their return to adventure racing competition, Denise and Greg McHale finished in the top 20 at the world championships in Australia.

The Teslin Predators Grade 8 girls volleyball team won their first-ever bronze medal at the Yukon Championships.

Mount Sima finished off another successful month of pre-season training by hosting the first freestyle skiing national event of the season. It was the first time Freestyle Canada had ever held such an event in the Yukon.­ The top Yukon skier was Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon in 8th place.

December

Three Yukon runners competed at the cross-country running national championships in Kingston. Lindsay Carson was the top finisher in 14th. Jack Amos and Joe Parker also competed, finishing 85th and 170th respectively.

Marit Rjabov and Colin Abbott got an early lead in the Don Sumanik Memorial Tophies races. They were the top finishers overall for male and female in the free technique race. Due to cold temperatures, the remaining classic technique race was rescheduled for January.

The Yukon Mustangs took on the Notre Dame Hounds in a five-game series, sweeping the hockey academy team. The young players also faced-off on outdoor ice during a competitive match-up at the Mount Lorne Community  Centre.

Sigourney Whipple-Grantham and Pelly Vincent-Braun were the top Yukoners at the Winter Boulder climbing competition in Juneau, AK. Each climber was second in their age group.

Students from schools across the Yukon competed in the annual Yukon Inter-School Arctic Games at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Overall winners were Jaiden Curteau, Simon Connell, Maude Molgat, Felix Mason, Veronica Porter, Sam Mather, Fayne O’Donovan and Austin Hayduck.

The Whitehorse Huskies hosted the Kelowna Sparta for their second series of the season. They won their first game 11-7, before dropping game two in OT to the Sparta 5-4.

Dawson welcomed the arrival of artificial ice to lengthen their skating and curling seasons at the Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre.

Dahria Beatty began the long journey of Olympic qualification on the world cup circuit this fall. The 22-year-old cross-country skier had two top 30 finishes at European world cups. Veteran world cup skier Emily Nishikawa also competed as well as Knute Johnsgaard.

Jerry Willomitzer repeated as the Mount Lorne Christmas Classic dog sled race winner. The Lake Laberge musher was the first to arrive at the two-day 150-mile race, which was in its sophomore year and continues to grow larger.

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