Category Archives: Sports

Dawson City Dingbats looking like it’s 1901

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Whitehorse has the Dustball Invitational slo-pitch tournament every year. It’s a big weekend of games.

This year the Dawson City Dingbats team arrived looking like an old-timey baseball team with their beards and mustaches.

Sourdough Rendezvous: Carrying the “flour pack”

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DSC_0223DSC_0015DSC_0019DSC_0172   DSC_0237DSC_0240DSC_0247DSC_0256DSC_0262DSC_0269What is this dangling chair? It’s a steel backpack frame able to carry hundreds of pounds; the rig for the annual flour pack.

This Yukon test of strength goes back to the gold rush. In the 1890s the RCMP required people crossing the Chilkoot Trail to carry six months’ provisions when entering Canada.

Men and women would travel back and forth across the trail carrying flour, coffee, lard, preserves, candles, dry meat, clothing, lanterns, oil, tools, mining equipment and all manner of supplies.

This year the women’s gold medal winner walked a short distance carrying 530 pounds on her back.

The Flour Pack record is apparently more than 800 pounds for men.

(Safety note: The backpack is suspended by chains. The chains are kept loose and a supporting rig is wheeled along by assistants as the contestant slowly moves forward. If a person falls the backpack doesn’t crush them.)

Yukon athlete heads to Sochi Olympics

 

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A Yukon cross-country skiier is headed to the Sochi Winter Olympic games. This week Yukoners signed a banner and sent their best wishes to Emily Nishikawa.

There was a full-size cardboard cutout for taking silly photos and also t-shirts.

This city is big on skiing and Nishikawa has a lot of fans.

Special Olympics Development Games

Special Olympics Yukon Canada Games Centre Whitehorse 3 Special Olympics Yukon Canada Games Centre Whitehorse 3 (1) Special Olympics Yukon Canada Games Centre Whitehorse 3 (2) Special Olympics Yukon Canada Games Centre Whitehorse 3 (3)The Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse recently hosted Special Olympics Development Games. which are for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

It was a great day full of teamwork and friendship.

Here’s a link to my CBC radio piece about it.