Canadian Armed Forces sailor named International Military Athlete of the Year

AB Yvette Yong
AB Yvette Yong

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Bravo Zulu to Canadian Armed Forces Able Seaman (AB) Yvette Yong, of the Royal Canadian Navy!

On March 3, AB Yong was named International Military Female Athlete of the Year by the International Military Sports Council or Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM). The award is presented in recognition of the most significant sportive performance of the year and the promotion of CISM values such as fair play, personal empathy, and discipline.

The Canadian Armed Forces Personnel Support Programs (PSP) sports staff are proud that for the first time ever, the CISM has chosen a Canadian military member as Athlete of the Year. Through the military competitive sports program coordinated by PSP, a part of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, AB Yong won a gold medal last year at the CISM Taekwondo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

AB Yong joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 2010 and is now a Naval Communicator with HMCS York, Toronto’s Naval Reserve Division. In addition to her role as a military athlete, AB Yong performs regular military duties such as search and rescue missions with the Royal Canadian Navy. AB Yong took advantage of these missions to also teach Taekwondo and general physical fitness to sailors on her ship.

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  • Ordinary Seaman Yvette Yong of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Discovery (Vancouver) aims a kick at her Chinese opponent prior to winning Canada's first ever Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) gold medal in the Taekwondo women's under 46 kilogram event
  • AB Yong won gold at the 2018 Pan American Taekwondo Championships
  • AB Yong with the Canadian Armed Forces Taekwondo Team and Brigadier-General D.A. Macaulay, Commander 5th Canadian Division
  • AB Yvette Yong
  • AB Yvette Yong

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