Whitehorse Daily Star

Yukon archers take aim at medal haul

Sixteen Yukon archers representing six different Yukon communities had an impressive showing at the 2006 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Denver, Colorado.

By Whitehorse Star on July 6, 2006

Sixteen Yukon archers representing six different Yukon communities had an impressive showing at the 2006 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Denver, Colorado.

More than 100 athletes from the territory travelled to Colorado for NAIG.

Many of the archers have only been shooting for three months, but that didn't stop them from bringing home seven medals from Wednesday's final round, which took place at the Colorado Horse Park just south of Denver.

Here are the results:


Bantam Bowhunter Fingers

Gaven Johnson, Bronze (Dawson)

Bantam Traditional

Aaron Workman, 5th

(Haines Junction)

Midget Bowhunter Open

Jacob Carr, 8th (Whitehorse)

Midget Bowhunter Fingers

Andy Pauls, 4th (Haines Junction)

Midget Bowhunter Figers

Tyler Clark, 5th (Teslin)

Juvenile Bowhunter Open

Kyle Smith, 6th (Teslin)

Juvenile Bowhunter Fingers

Korey Smith, Silver (Teslin)

Juvenile Traditional

Mike Sydney, Bronze (Teslin)

Senior Bowhunter Open

Les Johns, placing not available


Senior Bowhunter Fingers

Cody Wilkinson, 8th (Whitehorse)


Midget Bowhunter Open

Lynette Edwards, 5th

(Pelly Crossing)

Midget Bowhunter Fingers

Charabelle Silverfox, Silver

(Pelly Crossing)

Midget Traditional

Kristin VanBibber, Silver

(Dawson City)

Juvenile Bowhunter Open

Carla Joe, Bronze (Pelly Crossing)

Juvenile Bowhunter Fingers

Mary Ann Sam, Bronze

(Pelly Crossing)

Juvenile Traditional

Christiana Joe, 4th (Pelly Crossing)

The Yukon archery team would like to extend a thank you to Ron and Shelley Smith of Saskatchewan for putting together the course and organizing everything on short notice.

As well, a big thanks goes to Cody Wilkinson (male coach), Linaya Workman (female coach), Les Johns (manager/elder/coach), Rob Gareau (coach/mission staff) and Chris Nash (mission staff).

And they would like to say a big thank you to Sam Johnston and hope he gets well soon.

Meanwhile, many other Yukon athletes were in action on Wednesday.

Bantam Girls Soccer

B.C. 6, Yukon 1

Taylor Ewing scored the lone goal for Yukon, who held it to 1-1 at halftime against the top team in the tournament.


Juvenile Girls

Minnesota 54, Yukon 20

Juvenile Boys

North Dakota 84, Yukon 41

The top scorer for Yukon was Jared Hougen with 19 points.

Michigan 72, Yukon 42

The top scorer for Yukon was once again Hougen, this time with 28 points.

Rifle Shooting

Shooting 3 x 20 (Prone, Standing and Kneel)

Juvenile Female (17-19)

Silver, Myranda Charlie

Juvenile Male (17-19)

Bronze, Harold Frost Jr.

Senior Women (19+)

Silver, Pauline Frost-Hanberg

Masters Men (55+)

Bronze, John Brown

(Yukon's senior and masters competitors were the coaches)

Athletics, badminton, golf and swimming results still haven't been released, although Bradley Keaton did win a bronze medal in swimming. The event he won the medal in is not yet known.

To date, Yukon athletes have collected a total of 18 medals at the North American Indigenous Games two gold, eight silver and eight bronze.

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