Five Okanagan gymnasts have qualified for Western Canadian Championships which will be held in Grand Prairie, Alberta in late April after solid performances at an event in Surrey.
The Western Canadian Championships will be held April 28 to May 1. Two athletes are in the men’s artistic gymnastics while the other three are from the women’s artistic program.
Liam Dawson and Kolten Marino competed in the Level 4 Under 13 category this past weekend at the Surrey Invitational competition. Dawson led the pack with his first place finish in the all around while Marino finished in second place.
Dawson earned gold medals on the pommel horse, rings and vault, silver medals on the floor exercise and parallel bars and a bronze medal on the horizontal high bar.
Marino finished with gold medals on the floor exercise and tied with his teammate Dawson for the gold on the pommel horse and on the rings. Marino also earned bronze medals on the vault and parallel bars and a fourth place finish on the horizontal high bar.
This will be Dawson’s first time competing at Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships and will be Marino’s second chance at the competition.
In the Level 3 Under 13 category, Shane Hiscock earned a silver medal in the all around. He also finished with a silver medal on the pommel horse.
Stephen Hiscock also competed in the Level 3 Under 13 category and finished with a bronze medal on the floor exercise and a sixth in the all around.
In the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics program, Alison Watters, Adele Lefevre, and Makinli Handley all qualified for Team B.C. in their respective categories.
Watters competed in the Provincial 5 Open category and finished with a second place in the all around. Watters took the gold on the uneven bars and fifth place finishes on the balance beam and on the floor exercise.
Lefevre competed in the National Novice category and finished with a fourth in the all around. Lefevre earned a bronze medal on the uneven bars and fourth place finishes on the vault and balance beam.
Handley competed in the National Open category and finished with a fifth place finish in the all around. Handley took the gold on the vault and a bronze on the floor exercise to solidify her spot on the team.
Muriel Stroda competed in the Level 4 Tyro category and finished with a gold medal on the uneven bars and a silver medal on the vault.
Okanagan Gymnastics Centre is hosting the Okanagan Invititational at UBCO March 18 to 20. It is a trampoline and tumbling competition and is the third trials of the competitive season as the national stream athletes try to qualify for 2011 National Championships.