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Sports archive for July 31, 2013

Territory contributes $150K to Canada Games team

When the first wave of local Canada Games athletes flies out of Whitehorse airport tomorrow morning, it will be with the territorial government’s blessing.

By Whitehorse Star on July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

When the first wave of local Canada Games athletes flies out of Whitehorse airport tomorrow morning, it will be with the territorial government’s blessing.

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

“The Yukon government wishes the very best to Yukon’s athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff participating in the 2013 Canada Summer Games,” Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor said.

“These games are an exceptional opportunity for our athletes to compete and to showcase their skills, talent, sportsmanship and all that they’ve achieved through hard work and training.”

A total of 141 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff will represent the territory at the Games, which run from Aug. 2 to 17 in Sherbrooke, Que.

“Support for Team Yukon is one of the many ways the Government of Yukon is taking action to develop athletes in the territory,” Taylor said. “It is a key part of the government’s overall investment in the health, well-being and quality of life of all Yukoners. Our local sports heroes inspire both participation and excellence in sport and help encourage physical activity and sport among Yukoners of all ages.”

Team Yukon will compete in athletics (running events and field sports), canoe/kayak, golf, volleyball, mountain biking, cycling, soccer, swimming and tennis.

“This is a tremendous opportunity afforded to 15 young athletics competitors who have been working very hard in preparation for these games,” athletics coach Don White said. “This is the largest athletics team we have ever sent to the Canada Games with a wide variety of ages and experience.”

“I am extremely excited for these games to begin as I can’t wait to play against the top level teams from across Canada,” added soccer player Camille Galloway. “I love the sport of soccer and hope to pursue a future playing at university.”

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