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A GREAT SURPRISE – Dylan Cozens is all smiles after being awarded the International Male Athlete of the Year.

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GOOD YEAR COACH – A stunned Sean McCarron receives his Coach of the Year Award from Marg White Thursday.

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WELL DESERVED – For her strong year in the pool, Amelia Barrault got the National/Territorial Female Athlete of the Year prize.

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WHO’S AT THE DOOR? – Leslie Raeden reacts to being given the Administrator of the Year Award.

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STRONG YEAR AWARDED – Derek Deuling was in for a shock when he received the National/Territorial Male Athlete of the Year Award.

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A STRONG TEAM – Derek Johnstone and his son Jase both part of the PeeWee Mustangs accept the Team of the YearAward presented by Sport Yukon.

Sport Yukon doles out year-end awards

Sport Yukon doles out year-end awards

By John Tonin on May 29, 2020

There would normally be a banquet, but the COVID-19 pandemic put that on hold. Instead, members of Sport Yukon took to the road Thursday afternoon to deliver their major awards for 2019 to the unknowing recipients.

As they opened the door, the look of surprise spread across all their faces as they accepted their trophies.

The major award winners were:

Dahria Beatty, cross country skiing, International Female Athlete of the Year (she was the only one to not accept their award Thursday).

Dylan Cozens, hockey, International Male Athlete of the Year.

Amelia Barrault, swimming, National/Territorial Female Athlete of the Year.

Derek Deuling, cross country skiing, National/Territorial Male Athlete of the Year.

Leslie Raenden, cross country skiing, Administrator of the Year.

PeeWee Mustangs, hockey, Team of the Year.

Sean McCarron, basketball, Coach of the Year.

Comments (9)

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harriet harron on Jun 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Are there any plans to go ahead with the 2020 Arctic Winter Games as virus-19 is opening up and Hockey Canada said hockey is allowed to start up. Please advise. Thank you for your trouble.

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Itookalook on Jun 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

I am not convinced that the NAIG are the end all be all for FN participants. I think that it is to get more First Nations into sports, so that they qualify for awards like the ones handed out. After all, the goal should be that we all play nice in the sand box, it is not about building walls between people, it is about breaking them down.

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justsayin' on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm

I think you have to contact the Aboriginal Sport Circle to lodge a complaint. Perhaps, they can give acknowledgment for those who participated in the North American Indigenous Games.. you know where all those who are of Indigenous descent can participate in sports like Basketball and non-Indigenous people cannot.

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Itookalook on Jun 2, 2020 at 11:36 am

It is funny, I watch the old footage from AWGs past and the amount of First Nations involvement is huge. Now you go to any event and the number of FNs seems to be getting smaller. I acknowledge that there are initiatives that are mandated to increase FN involvment, not sure if they are working.
We need diversity in all that we do, not just in sport. I believe we will get there, at this point we are not close.

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Anie on Jun 1, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Diversity - I don't know what race any of these recipients might be, and certainly don't care. Congrats to all of them. There's something sad about your interest (and your assumptions).

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Nope on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:49 am

These are athletic awards. Given to those who excelled in their sport. Race plays no factor here aside from what you are projecting yourself.

There are tons of awards and organizations in town that both cater to and recognize athletes in the First Nations communities and even now in the FIlipino community as that group has grown significantly.

Also worth noting that 'diversity' isn't always readily apparent. At least of of those awardees, that I know of is mixed race.

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@ Diversity on May 30, 2020 at 1:38 pm

I'm sure if there was a deserving FN "elite" Yukon athlete, in the ranks of the above-mentioned award recipients, they would have received an award.
Why, why, why does it always have to be about race?

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Don Bogle on May 30, 2020 at 6:40 am

Congrats to all the winners, particularly the amazing one to my grandson Dylan Cozens.This award is a tribute not only to his incredible skating ability and record but also to the dedicated nurturing of his parents Mike and Susan Cozens.

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DIversity on May 30, 2020 at 1:58 am

Nice to see diversity in the awards-not! How about valuing contributions from some First Nations sporting community too.

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