OGC and DEKA athletes strong at provincials

Kelowna and area trampoline athletes excel at B.C. championships

The Okanagan Gymnastics Centre had a strong showing at the B.C. trampoline championships in Port Moody, with two of its athletes winning provincial titles.

In the provincial stream of competition, Janiah Harris is the provincial champion in the Level 3 (Under 13) the trampoline event.  She also earned a bronze medal in Level 2 (Under 13) double mini trampoline and silver medal in the synchronized trampoline event with her twin sister Vanna Harris.  She also finished 7th in Level 1 tumbling.

Jordan Macdonald is the provincial champion in Level 4 trampoline.  She also earned a silver in the Level 3 double mini event and a bronze medal in the synchronized trampoline event with her partner Jaylin Otteson.

Otteson also earned 4th place in Level 4 trampoline, 6th place in Level 1 tumbling and 7th place in Level 3 double mini trampoline.  She finished 6th all around.

Andrew Oliver finished with a silver medal in the Level 5 trampoline and a bronze medal in the Level 5 double mini trampoline.

DEKA Trampoline

DEKA Trampoline soared to new heights May 16 and 17 at B.C. championships in Port Moody.

Out of 300 athletes from across the province DEKA crowned seven provincial

champions, three synchro pair champions, seven silver medalists, one synchro silver and four bronze medalists. Then DEKA capped it all with the gold and bronze medalists in the all round.

Madison Eagle competed provincial Level 2 in Trampoline, synchro Trampoline and Double Mini finishing with gold in each and was crowned B.C. champion in all three events. She competed Level 1 Tumbling and finished with 4th place.

To top off her outstanding weekend she won gold as B.C. provincial all-around.

Isabelle Glen competed Level 1 Trampoline, Synchro Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini, winning two golds, a silver and bronze respectively and finished with a bronze in the all-around category. Dayson Romain competed Level 2 Trampoline and Double Mini and won silver in each. He also competed Level 1 synchro with partner Jonathan Welsh and the boys finished in fourth. Brett Judson with synchro partner Isaac Sowinski competed Level 2 synchro placing second and winning silver. Judson also won 2nd for L3 Trampoline. Sowinski won bronze in L1 Double Mini. Taya Lawless finished L2 Trampoline with a silver medal and was the other half of

the gold medal Synchro pairing with Madison Eagle. Ally Wyllie won bronze in L1 Double Mini and won gold in L1 Synchro with partner Isabelle Glen. In all the Provincial level athletes recorded five first-place finishes and accounted for 14 medals for DEKA.

The National level athletes had their share of success at BC Provincial Championships as well. Emily Welsh was crowned provincial champion in L5 Double Mini, where she also made

qualifying score to mobilize up to Level 6. She competed in L6 Trampoline finishing in third place with a bronze medal. Welsh with partner Jordan Yendley bounced to perfection winning National Synchro. Yendley competed in L6 trampoline and Double Mini and finished with silver in each.

Mariola Garcia Garcia competed in junior trampoline and won gold in her category. Junior

competitor Adele Lefevre finished as provincial champion in Double Mini. Danielle Gruber competed in Senior Double Mini and was also crowned provincial champion. All DEKA’s national athletes medaled in every category and accounted for four provincial champions and one syncho pair champions.

After only two years since inception, DEKA has crowned 11 provincial champions and three national champions. Coach Angelo Despotas said the weekend at provincials was

exceptionally satisfying as DEKA was missing seven athletes at the competition.




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