For Immediate Release
15 Yukoners will represent the Territory at the Special Olympics British Columbia 2023 Winter Games
WHITEHORSE, December 16, 2022 – 8 Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) athletes have been chosen to compete at the Special Olympics 2023 BC Winter Games to be held February 2-5 in Kamloops, BC. Accompanying the team will be 7 Coaches and Mission Staff.
“We are proud of the hard work each athlete has put into their preparation for these games” said Andrew Elines, Chef de Mission, Special Olympics Yukon. “The team is excited to compete against athletes from across British Columbia”.
These games serve as Special Olympics Team Yukon’s qualifier for the Special Olympics 2024 Canada Winter Games to be held in Calgary, Alberta in the sports of Cross Country Skiing, Curling and Figure Skating.
The 5 Pin Bowling Team selection for the games in Calgary will take place at the Special Olympics Yukon 2023 Bowling Championships to be held on April 15 at The Northern Lights Bowling Alley.
All Yukoners are standing behind our athletes as they face some of the toughest competition in Canada. It takes a lot of determination and drive to reach this level of competition, as well as untold support from coaches, volunteers, parents and more. I wish all the athletes good luck in their events. I look forward to cheering them on from the sidelines. Go, Team Yukon!
Since 2017, Urban Realty Group continues their support of Special Olympics Team Yukon as Title Sponsor. “We are so proud of each and every athlete participating on Special Olympics Team Yukon” stated Dana Klock, Co-Owner, Urban Realty Group. ”We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Team Yukon and look forward to cheering you on through this incredible journey. Go Team Yukon!”.
Special Olympics Yukon would also like to thank The Government of Yukon for their ongoing support of Special Olympics Yukon programs and initiatives, including Team Yukon.
The Team Consists of:
Helen Slama – Head Coach
Danny Guhl – Mission Staff
Deb Sumner –Head Coach
Scott Lillies - Coach
Tanya Sage – Head Coach
Andrew Elines – Chef de Mission
Mikayla Duncan – Team Manager
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics Yukon is dedicated to enriching the lives of Yukoners with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a territorial not-for-profit organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for over 120 athletes. More than 50 certified coaches and volunteers are currently involved with Special Olympics programs in the territory. The Special Olympics BC Games are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games. Special Olympics Yukon programs are supported by corporate sponsorship and fundraising activities as well civic and territorial government funding and the involvement of volunteers
For more information, please contact:
Serge Michaud, CEO