Cross Country Yukon School Challenge 2004

The trails were alive with the sound of cheers and laughter as the first ever cross-country skiing School Challenge got underway.  Six elementary schools were represented at the event – Elijah Smith, Takhini, Golden Horn, Whitehorse Elementary, Jack Hulland and Emilie Tremblay – with over 110 students taking part in the activities and racing in the beautiful Yukon sunshine.  The students had fun learning basic waxing and ski techniques during the morning, and then enjoyed a great hot lunch, sponsored by the Grey Mountain Lions Club.  Well known Yukoner, Lucy Steele-Masson spoke to the young crowd during the lunch break, detailing how she got into cross-country skiing at age 12 and how her enjoyment of the sport blossomed into a career with the National Ski Team and a trip to the Winter Olympics.  After lunch, the students paraded down to the Stadium in their school groups, to get ready for the 150m Sprint races.  The races were run in heats, and were very exciting for everyone involved, since most of the participants had never experienced a ski race before.  The focus of the day was on participation and having fun, but the winners of each category deserve recognition.


The results are:

  • Grade 4 Category:       
    • 1st: Dahria Beatty – Whitehorse Elementary
    • 2nd: Anatole Tuzlak – Emilie Tremblay
    • 3rd: Claire Lindsay – Golden Horn
  • Grade 5 Category:       
    • 1st: Kendra Murray – Golden Horn
    • 2nd: David Stephens – Jack Hulland
    • 3rd: Teri Publicover – Elijah Smith
  • Grade 6/7 Category:    
    • 1st: Janelle Greer – Whitehorse
    • 2nd: Derek Wilson – Jack Hulland
    • 3rd: Ryan Burlingame – Jack Hulland

Cross Country Yukon also gave out a few more deserving awards:

  • The Most Improved Skier went to Harley Gudbranson of Takhini Elementary
  • The Most Spectacular Wipeout went to Julia Thomson of Jack Hulland
  • The Best Effort Award went to Nathan Dao of Whitehorse Elementary

 The overall 2004 School Challenge Champion and winner of the Golden Ski Trophy was earned by Jack Hulland Elementary, for having the highest participation in the event.  On top of the great experience, each student went home with a fanny pack from Cross Country Canada Partners Two 2010, a ski wax, cork and calendar from Cross Country Yukon, a ski day pass from the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club and a participation ribbon courtesy of the Grey Mountain Lions Club.  Cross Country Yukon would like to thank all the sponsors volunteers and participants who made the first annual School Challenge a success!  See you next year!