October 31, 2017
Swim Yukon Team at the 2017 Canada Summer Games
An excited swim team of seven girls and three boys left Whitehorse August 5 th aboard an AirNorth charter bound for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg Manitoba. Along with sixty or so other Yukon athletes, the swimmers bided their time in the departure lounge, laughing, listening to music, and playing a few hands of cards.
A few short hours later, the excitement built further as we arrived in Winnipeg and boarded buses bound for our residence at the University of Manitoba.
After checking into our dorms and grabbing a quick bite from the cafeteria, we headed down to the Forks Market Place, next to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. We enjoyed the party atmosphere of the market, and live entertainment on the main stage, including Canadian rock band Loverboy. We heard good reports about the museum but could not make it back to tour, since swimming kept such a busy schedule at the pool.
The Yukon swim contingent on deck at the Canada Games
All smiles as we hit the water for our first warm up on training day. One more sleep until competition begins.
Team huddle. Last minute instructions from the coach before dive practice.
And we’re off!
Off for real. Yukon’s first swimmer of the Games, Alex Petriw, in the boys 800 m freestyle.
Alex cheered on by the rest of the team as he finishes the race. A personal best and new club record to begin the games.
Fans of the Yukon swimmers enjoying the Games. Lots to be proud of and lots to cheer for. Go Yukon!
The team took advantage of pleasant prairie weather to do their warmup outside before going onto the pool deck. Training in the fresh air and sunshine brought back good memories of Arizona for many of the athletes.
The Yukon flag marking the athletes section of the viewing gallery. Our team was small compared to many of the provinces, but our spirit was just as big!
Early mornings and late nights made nutritional requirements a challenge. Here the boys contingent enjoys 6:00 am breakfast with the coach as they prepare for the day. After a short afternoon rest on campus, we returned to the pool for finals and relays each day, and often did not get back to residence until 9:00 pm. Thankfully, food services held supper for us, and we were well fed, albeit at a late hour.
The hard work and accomplishment of the swim team was noticed by mission staff. Over 80% of our swims resulted in personal bests, and Hannah Kingscote qualified for two B finals. Alex Petriw was named flag bearer for the closing ceremonies, on the strength of seven personal bests, and six new club records. His proud teammates are gathered at the front of the pack to lead the Yukon charge into the closing ceremonies.
Out of the tunnels and into the sunlight! Yukon proud as we head into the stadium.
50 Free. 27.35
100 Free. 1:00.08
200 Free. 2:12.77
400 Free. 4:41.65
800 Free. 9:42.80
Boys 15-17 years age group
200 Back. 2:30.11