Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for February 26, 2014

Carmacks celebrates Higher, Faster, Stronger victory

The community of Carmacks was honoured last Tuesday for its success in a recent territory-wide contest promoting physical activity.

By Whitehorse Star on February 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm


Photo by Whitehorse Star

The community of Carmacks was honoured last Tuesday for its success in a recent territory-wide contest promoting physical activity.

Sport Yukon attended Family Night in Carmacks Feb. 18 to present residents of the community with a trophy for winning the inaugural Higher, Faster, Stronger Yukon Challenge.

Carmacks was the community that jumped the most, ran the furthest and lifted the most weight per capita in comparison to all other Yukon communities.

The Higher, Faster, Stronger Yukon Challenge was created by Sport Yukon in conjunction with Sports Day in Canada as an activity Yukoners throughout the territory could do, regardless of access to facilities or equipment.

“We were so excited to see over 500 Yukoners participate in the Higher, Faster, Stronger Yukon Challenge,” Sport Yukon president George Arcand said in a press release. “Eleven communities hosted and another two were
represented by participants getting out to run, jump and lift in a community other than their own.

“We hope that celebrating Carmacks’ win during the Sochi Winter Olympics, when our territory is already inspired by the power of sport, will help build the momentum for future success of this event.”

To celebrate Carmacks’ effort, Sport Yukon brought several special guests to cheer for the community as they received their trophy. Guests of honour included former Olympic pairs figure skater Craig Buntin and former Olympic soccer player Amy Vermeulen.

This challenge was funded through partnerships between the Youth Investment Fund, Participaction, the Government of Yukon, and Sport Yukon.

“Supporting competitions such as this one is one of the many ways in which the Yukon government is taking action to promote healthy, active living in the territory,” Minister of Community Services Brad Cathers added.

“We are pleased to congratulate the participants from Carmacks on achieving the top score in this challenge.”

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