Spring a busy time for local gymnasts
Trampoline gymnasts from the Okanagan Gymastics Club competed at the annual Western Canada Cup competition last weekend in Port Coquitlam.
Three of the nine Team BC members sent to compete at the event are from the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre.
Bianca Radil earned a silver medal in the Women’s Provincial B under 12 category in Trampoline. Radil also earned a silver medal in Women’s Provincial B under 13 Double Mini Trampoline.
Jill Bobyn won a gold medal on Women’s Provincial A Double Mini Trampoline.
Sarah Croteau earned a bronze medal in Women’s Provincial A trampoline as well as the overall silver medal in the all around which is against all athletes from Western Canada who competed on all three events; trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling regardless of level, age, or gender.
Croteau was also part of Team BC that placed second on the team trampoline team event.
All three Okanagan Team BC participants, Radil, Bobyn, and Croteau were part of Team BC’s second all around team award.
Two other Okanagan Gymnastics Centre athletes travelled to Port Coquitlam to compete at Western Canada Cup and represent Okanagan Gymnastics Centre.
Emily Welsh, competing for Okanagan Gymnastics Centre, earned a bronze medal in the Women’s Provincial B under 12 category in Trampoline. She also finished in sixth position in the Women’s Provincial C under 10 Double Mini Trampoline.
Zoe Paquet, competing for Okanagan Gymnastics Centre, finished in eight position in the Women’s Provincial A Double Mini Trampoline.
The Okanagan Gymnasts and coaches have been busy over the past few weeks attending a few different meets.
The Level 1 & 2 female artistic athletes and the Level 1 male artistic athletes competed in Kamloops on the weekend of May 7 while the Level 4 & 5 athletes competed in Delta the same day. The following weekend, some Level 1 athletes along with the Level 2-5 athletes competed in Victoria.
Here's a look back at the competitions.
In the Level 1 category, Vanessa Bulcock finished with a silver medal in the all around after winning gold medals on vault and balance beam. Gabriela Beselt finished with bronze medals on the vault and uneven bars. Yvonne Wood won the floor exercise with a 12.35 score out of a possible 13.00. Tianna Scott finished with a second place on the floor exercise with a 12.10.
In the Level 2 argo category, Ellen Smith earned second all around with a gold medal on the floor and two bronze medals on the vault and uneven bars. Braelyn Dillon finished with third place all around after earning silver medals on the vault and balance beam and a bronze medal on the uneven bars. Danica Graves finished in fourth position all around and earned bronze medals on the vault and balance beam. Helene Synnott won gold on the balance beam event. In the Level 2 tyro category, Olivia minor earned a bronze medal on the balance beam.
In the Women’s competition, both the Okanagan Gymnstics Level 1 and Level 2 teams won first place in the team event.
In the Level 1 men’s competition, Lucas Fabian and Jase Goerzen competed on floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and the horizontal bar.
Fabian earned gold ribbons on all six events and a gold medal in the all around, while Goerzen earned gold on five events, a silver on the mushroom event which is a developmental form of the pommel horse. He also earned a gold medal for his all around performance.
Muriel Stroda competed in the Provincial 4 Novice age category which is for 13-14 year olds even though Stroda is only 10. Stroda earned first all around with her strong performance winning the vault and finishing in second on the balance beam and floor exercise.
Sugar Tiner competed in the Provincial 5 and National ``Cash & Carry`` category where the athletes earn money for the final rankings. Tiner finished in third place in the all around after a solid performance against some strong competition.
In the Provincial 1 argo category for athletes born in 2003, Gabriela Beselt finished with gold medals on the vault and balance beam, a bronze on the uneven bars which led to a silver medal finish in the all around.
In the 2002 age category, Grace driver finished with a fifth in the all around with her top finish being a fourth on the uneven bars.
In the Provincial 2 argo category, Ellen Smith finished with a silver medal on the floor exercise and a fourth in the all around.
Jenna Mick competed in the Provincial 3 argo category and earned a gold medal on the vault and bronze medals on the uneven bars, balance beam and also in the all around.
Emaree Handley competed in the Provincial 4 tyro category and earned a gold medal on the balance beam.
Lindy Drope competed in the Provincial 5 Novice category and earned a gold medal on the uneven bars and silver medals on the balance beam and in the all around.