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Kelowna gymnasts qualify for provincial championships

Five Kelowna gymnasts have qualified for the B.C. championships after stellar performances at a competition in Kamloops last weekend.

The level 2 athletes will compete in Langley at the end of April at the B.C. Championships.

At the Kamloops competition Ellen Smith, 9, was the highest place finisher from Kelowna in the level 2 argo category.  Smith earned a gold medal on the floor exercise and a bronze medal on the uneven bars. She finished in fourth place in the all around competition.

Braelyn Dillon, 10, finished in fifth place all around in the level 2 argo category.  Dillon earned bronze medals on the vault and on the balance beam.

Danica Graves finished with a seventh place in the all around and earned herself a place on the zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan) team travelling to B.C. Championships.

Olivia Minor, 11, and Madison Nethercote, 11, both qualified to attend B.C. Championships in the Level 2 tyro age category.

Jenna Mick, 10, competed in the pre-novice aspire category and took home four gold medals on the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and in the all around.  She also earned a silver medal on the vault.

In the level 3 tyro category, Hannah Butcher, 11, earned top spot in the all around also earning a gold medal on the balance beam. Butcher also earned silver medals on the vault and floor exercise and a bronze medal on the uneven bars.

Butcher and Mick will also be attending B.C. Championships this year.

In the level 1 argo category, Gabriela Beselt, 8, was the highest finisher for Kelowna athletes winning the silver medal in the all around. Beselt also earned silver medals on the balance beam and floor exercise and a bronze medal on the uneven bars.

Vanessa Bulcock, 10, earned the gold medal on the vault and tied for third place in the all around.

Grace Driver, 8, finished fourth in the all around.

Yvonne Wood, 9, earned the gold medal on the floor exercise.

The level 1 athletes are not eligible for B.C. Championships this year, but are working hard for the chance to attend next year in the Level 2 category.

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