2019 Sport Yukon Major Award Winners

Sean McCarron, Coach of the Year

Sean has been a passionate coach for the past 27 years. He started coaching Grade 7 players when he was in grade 12 and has been coaching ever since. Beyond coaching during the regular season, he encourages players to work on fitness and skill and creates opportunities for extra work, stays in touch and keeps them motivated. Sean coaches at the Sr. Girls and Boys level of high school and the U18 major games level.

It should be noted that several players Sean has coached or been involved with are moving on to play basketball at the post-secondary level.  It goes without saying his experience and training make his technical coaching ability exceptional. But his true strength is his ability to make the whole team greater than the sum of the parts. His energy and level of engagement with athletes is incredible, he knows how to inspire players to push themselves. He creates a team environment where the players all fit together as one and collectively perform past their individual abilities. What’s really inspiring is to hear Sean excited to say he has coached his players into a new offensive or defensive system, say they are going to try it in the next game and then watch the players on the floor really put it into action and be excited about it.

 

Leslie Raenden, Administrator of the Year

Leslie has been involved as a volunteer at the Board level with Cross Country Yukon (CCY) for the last 10 years.  For most of these years she has been in the role of Treasurer and for one term, she served as Vice President.

Given Leslie’s work background in financial management, her guidance to and oversight of the financial aspects of CCY have been invaluable.  Whether is be annual budgeting, monthly financials, capital purchases, funding proposals, or year-end financial reports, Leslie’s skills, knowledge, and recommendations have allowed Cross Country Yukon to remain in a positive financial position for the last decade.

Leslie’s has displayed a calm and rational approach to any challenges CCY encounters. She has greatly helped lead the way through any muddy waters.  Staff often go to her when faced with challenges because of her ability to look at situations from many angles and give perspective in a concise manner. Her contributions to Cross Country Yukon have provided consistency and clarity for Board members and staff over the last decade

 

PeeWee Mustangs, Team of the Year

The PeeWee Mustangs Team had quite the impressive year.  Their record for the season was 36-7-3.  They won two tournaments in addition to winning Tier 3 Provincials.  The team improved by learning right from the beginning that everyone was equal and all players needed to contribute in their own way.  As the season went on, they improved on special teams and systems play which helped them be successful.

The Peewee’s finished off their year taking home Gold in Powell River, BC Tier 3 Peewee Championship!  The Mustangs squad had a remarkable year and are most deserving of the award.

‘As coaches we were inspired by “how the players always wanted to come to the rink ready and willing to work hard at practice, dry-land training or games’

‘The team as a unit stayed committed to the goal and continually got better throughout the year always wanting to be challenged in someway’

 

 

Ameila Barrault, National/Territorial Female Athlete of the Year

At the beginning of 2018-2019 season, Mia started to become a contender at the provincial level, making the A-final in most of her events. From there she continued to improve, earning herself her first ever Canadian Junior National qualifying time, which she attended the end of July 2019. She finished the 2019 season medaling at Western Canada Summer Games, some of the only medals brought home from Yukon.

Mia has not stopped there. She has started this past season more determined than ever. Even though the season is still young, she has exceeded her personal best times substantially. Mia recently earned her first Canadian Olympic Trial time; she is currently the only WGB athlete who holds a qualifying standard. Amelia has qualified for Olympic Trials 2020 in Toronto, ON, Junior Nationals 2020 in Montreal, QB and Western Canadian Swimming Championships in Saskatoon, SK. The remaining competitions for the 2O19-2O20 season have unfortunately been cancelled. However, the Olympic trials have been re-scheduled for April 2021, which Mia is scheduled to attend.

 

Derek Deuling, National/Territorial Male Athlete of the Year

Derek has been a leader on the ski team during the last 4 years as a blue squad skier.  He is an inspiration and mentor for younger skiers.  As a 17 year-old, he traveled to and from Switzerland for the Youth Olympic Games in January 2020 which is a testament of his confidence and maturity.

Derek had his best Nationals in 2019 compared to his previous attempts at Nationals in 2016, 2017, 2018. Derek ranked 2nd nationally in his age group at the 2019 Nationals. In the 2019 Selection races for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, Derek placed 2nd overall.  He was 2nd Canadian U18 male in the Interval classic race and 4th Canadian U18 male in the 1.3 km free individual sprint.

Derek was one of four Canadian cross country skiers to attend the Youth Olympic Games in January 2020 in Switzerland.  He was scheduled to return to the Canadian Nationals in March 2020 but this event was cancelled.  He has accepted a ski scholarship at University of Alaska in Anchorage in 2020 where he will be pursuing skiing and studies in the sciences.

 

Dahria Beatty, International Female Athlete of the Year

Dahria has consistently been the strongest Canadian female sprinter in the last few years.  As well, she has consistently placed in the top 30 at world cup ski events.  Both of these achievements speak to her training, work ethic, and willingness to push herself.  Dahria spent four years on the Junior National Team and the last six years on the Senior National Team and represented Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Having one first-place finish and two second-place finishes at the 2019 Canadian National championships, she also had a third-place finish at the US Super Tour in Maine along with four top-20 and one top-30 finishes at international World Cup events.Hard work and a strong training ethic are what led Dahria to all of the success she has had on skis.  But underlying this is a love for the sport.

Dahria is continuing to train as a member of the Senior National Nordic Team in Canmore, AB.  She works with a number of organizations to try to inspire the next generation of youth and has been working as an Athlete Ambassador for Sport North and Fast and Female.

 

Dylan Cozens, International Male Athlete of the Year

Dylan played for Team Canada in the U-18 World Championship in Sweden in April 2019 (4th- lost to Sweden 4-3 in semi. Sweden won Gold. He finished 6th overall in scoring).  He had won Gold previously in August 2018 at Hlinka Gretzky in Edmonton playing for Team Canada.

As of December 31, 2019 Dylan was half-way through the 2019/20 World Jr. Championship playing for Team Canada, in which they won Gold January 5, 2020.  This was in Ostrava, Czech.  He tied for 6th overall in scoring and third for Team Canada. He scored in Gold game which they won 4-3 over Russia.  Dylan was drafted 7th overall by Buffalo Sabres in the NHL entry draft in June, 2019. This was out of all players from every country in the world.

In November 2019, Dylan played as an Assistant Captain in the CHL Canada-Russia series, which Canada, represented by Dylan’s WHL teammates, won in a double-shootout at the conclusion of Game 6.  In January, 2019, he was also the Captain for Team Cherry in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game.