Les Johns has been a vital part of building the sport of Archery in the Yukon, giving countless hours of his volunteer time to share his passion. Les felt it important to access the schools to develop the sport, and brought archery to almost every community school. He became part of some school’s yearly physical education plans, and the students were delighted when he would walk through the door with his bows, animals, and balloons. Les felt schools were where young people are introduced to the sport, enabling them to develop their skill, and in turn become the base of elite athletes who have represented Yukon at our major games.
After a successful trip to the 2006 North American Indigenous Games in Denver, Colorado, Les and others worked to ensure that a Yukon Archery Team was ready to compete in front of a home town crowd at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. This was the first time since the 1970’s that Yukon sent an archery team to the Canada Games. Les has attended a number of major games as an athlete, coach, mission staff, and official. He is the face of Yukon archery and is respected by his peers coast to coast to coast. Les continues to this day, to travel throughout our territory offering classes, after school programs and adult classes in Archery and dene Games.
Les John’s time, energy and commitment to sport, and to developing youth, are significant and should be recognized. Thank you Les.