Iulia Tarasenco, Izabelle Coetzee and Talia Westwood were all group winners at the Kamloops Invitational. - Image credit: Contributed

Hardware for Okanagan gymnasts

Okanagan Gymnastics Centre athletes compete in Kamloops, Abbotsford and Surrey

Members of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre turned in some strong results at the annual Kamloops Invitational for artistic gymnastics, which also served as trials to the B.C. Championships.

In the men’s competition, Brady Clegg , in the level 5 category, won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal on horizontal bar, parallel bars, and the vault, respectively.

In the level 3 category, Rylen Thompson won a bronze medal on the parallel bars.

In level 2, Hani Rehan finished second overall receiving gold on high bar and silver on parallel bars and vault. Elliot Bone finished third overall with gold on pommel horse and rings and bronze on vault and parallel bars.

Artiom Potapciuc competed in level 1, finishing 1st overall receving 2 gold and 4 silvers. Jordan Gillberg finished second all around with three gold and a silver.

In the women’s competition, the level 5 and 6 athletes were vying for a spot on the zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan) team for this year’s BC Championships in Port Coquitlam in April. Olive Fenske, Alayna Butler will compete in the JO 6 category, while Iulia Tarasenco, Veronika Yacovelli, Kate Levinsen and Piper Campo will compete in the JO 5 category.

Olive Fenske won a bronze medal overall, earning a silver on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. Alayna Butler earned a bronze medal on the floor exercise. Both of these young ladies qualified to the zone 2 team.

In the level 5, 10-11 year old category, Iulia Tarasenco won first overall in her first level 5 competition, winning gold on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and a silver on vault. Piper Campo earned a silver on floor and bronze medals on vault and uneven bars.

Veronika Yacovelli placed first overall in 12-14 year old, level 5 after winning the balance beam event, finishing second on uneven bars and floor exercise and earning the bronze on vault. Kate Levinsen earned a bronze on floor and silver on bars.

Izabelle Coetzee won Level 4, 9-10 year old, earning a gold on beam and a bronze on bars. Alexandra Kennedy finished second overall after earning gold on uneven bars and a silver on vault. Haylee Van Steinburg won a gold medal on the floor exercise, while Junelle Sabang won silver and Peyton Johal earned bronze on the floor.

In the Level 4, 11-year-old category, Taylor Morrison and Teagan Murray tied for third overall. Taylor earned a gold on floor exercise and a bronze on balance beam, while Tegan finished second on floor and third on vault. Raedyn Furneaux finished with a third on the uneven bars and floor exercise.

In the Level 3, 10-13 year old category, Eva Solano finished first overall, winning the floor exercise, taking second on the uneven bars, and bronze medals on vault and beam. Summer Houston finished third overall after taking second place on the floor exercise.

In Level 3, (9 yr.), Talia Westwood was first overall after earning a gold medal on vault and silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam. Ava Roth finished in third overall after earning a bronze medal on the vault.

In Level 3, (8 yr.) Tara Dunn finished second overall after finishing first on balance beam and second on bars. Rae Roworth earned third overall, winning a silver medal on balance beam and bronze on vault and uneven bars. Lexi Crawford finished with bronze medals on vault and floor. Makena Ivanitz earned a gold medal on the vault and a bronze medal on the beam.

Twisters Invitational, Abbotsford

Seventeen women’s artistic athletes headed to Abbotsford for trials to Westerns and first trials to Nationals. Four athletes from Okanagan Gymnastics qualified to Western Canada Championships.

In Aspire 1, Natalia Simeunovic qualified to Team BC and will head to Brandon at the end of April. Simeunovic finished 2nd overall after earning a gold medal on balance beam, and a bronze on vault. Jayelle Williams earned a bronze medal on floor. Miah Denis wom a silver medal on vault and a bronze on beam finishing 4th overall.

In JO 10, Jenna Mick and Gabriela Beselt qualified to Team BC and will also head to Westerns. Mick finished with a silver medal on beam and 5th overall, while Beselt earned a bronze medal on beam and finished 4th overall. Kamryn Greenhalgh earned a silver medal on the vault in her age category.

Vanesssa Bulcock earned a spot on Team BC in JO 9, where she finished third overall, winning the vault and finishing in third on the floor exercise.

In Level 8, Veronica Tarasenco finished in first place on the balance beam, while Kimberly Stadtmuller finished in first on the floor exercise and third on balance beam.

Mackenzie Carroll earned a silver on the uneven bars and balance beam, finishing third overall in the JO 7 category. Taylor Bowden won a bronze medal on the floor exercise.


The men’s artistic team travelled to Surrey to compete in their first competition of the season, March 3 to 5.

Shane Hiscock competed in his first National Open competition finishing 8th overall.

Brady Clegg competed in his first level 5 competition earning first place on high bar and a bronze on parallel bars. Lucas Fabian earned a silver medal on vault and a bronze on floor exercise.

In the level 3 competition, Jack Nyrose finished with a silver on vault in a category of 26 athletes.

In the level 2, Elliot Bone won a silver medal on the pommel horse.

In level 1, Jordan Gillberg earned four golds and three silvers while Artiom Potapciuc earned three golds and four silvers.

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