Sport Yukon honored the territory’s top athletes as well as the coaches and administrators who have made organized sports possible at an April 28 awards ceremony.
Awards for 2021 were presented to Coach of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and internationally distinguished male and female athletes.
Jan Mann, a long-time volunteer with many Yukon organizations, received the Administrator of the Year award for her work as Treasurer of ElderActive for the past two years.
“This community, like all other communities in the Yukon, is strengthened by the contribution of volunteers. I am only a small contributor to these efforts. So I’m extremely honored to be recognized for the volunteer work that I’ve enjoyed doing,” Mann said from the podium after accepting her award.
Sport Yukon’s International Female Athlete of the Year award went to Dahria Beatty, a long-time member of Canada’s national cross-country ski team. His 2021 highlights included three top-20 finishes on the international circuit.
Despite being stronger in the sprint events, Beatty placed 15th in a 15 kilometer race at the Engadine World Cup in Switzerland last year – a career best in a distance race . At the World Championships held in Oberstdorf, Germany, she placed 12th in the team sprint and her 4X5 kilometer relay team placed ninth.
The International Male Athlete of the Year Award went to freestyle skier Étienne Geoffrey-Gagnon.
2021 was marked by Geoffrey-Gagnon’s first invitation to the Dew Tour slopestyle competition. The Dew Tour is a step above World Cup competition and in addition to serving as a qualifier for the Winter Olympics, it is considered a step towards the X-Games.
At the end of the last international ski season, Geoffrey-Gagnon ranked 19th in slopestyle and 49th in big air.
The two world-class skiers were off the territory to train or compete, but their parents were on hand to accept the prizes.
Geoffrey-Gagnon called by video to say a few words.
“Super grateful for this award, definitely super grateful for all the love and support I’ve received over the years. It’s definitely not easy being an athlete sometimes, but it’s definitely times like these. these that I would say are worth it,” he said.
“It’s definitely always nice to feel part of the community and feel that support from home.”
The Coach of the Year was awarded to Aaron Jensen for his work training judo athletes and assisting other combat sports such as wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Athletes, fellow coaches and others involved in judo and martial arts have described Jensen as a visionary who is instrumental in shaping the profile of sports in the Yukon, especially during the difficult years created by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
“I appreciate the acknowledgment that, as you said, judo is a way of life for me. So it’s really not something that I really think about very much. I would like to thank people like my mother, the role model who was a coach when I was a kid and got me into sports, so as a parent I really thought sports were a huge part of raising kids,” Jensen said.
He praised all the sporting opportunities available to youth in the Yukon.
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