Glacier Gymnastics did more than just host last weekend.
During the Kootenay Zone gymnastic and trampoline championships, the Nelson club won six first-place team awards at the competition, which included 250 gymnasts and teams from Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Canmore, Invermere and Golden vying for individual all-around, event and team titles.
Nelson won team firsts in the Junior Olympic Competitive Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 categories, as well as the Zone 1 Pre-Level 6, high school and trampoline categories.
Glacier Gymnastics’ recent B.C. Provincial Championships girls’ team of 11 gymnasts continued their winning streak in the Junior Olympic Level 6, 7 and 8 categories, winning 32 medals at the Kootenay Zone Championships.
The Glacier coaching team is delighted with the performances of the team’s junior competitors. “Their dedicated training has paid off for them,” said head coach Sandra Long. “If our new competitors continue their progress we will see a bigger and more successful team attending B.C. Championships next season.”
Medal highlights in the Level 6, 10-to-11 years category included Shelbi van Hellemond claiming the all-around gold medal, just ahead of teammates Eden Bellman who won the silver medal and Abby Majeski with the bronze. Provincial medallist Aurora Dool also won the gold medal in the bars events.
In the Level 6, 11-to-14 category, Gwen McCroy captured the all-around gold medal with Elisa Clark winning the bronze, and Mercedes Majeski taking the silver medal on vault.
In the Junior Olympic Level 7 all-ages category, the Glacier team had two gymnasts on the all-around podium with Lily Taylor claiming the silver medal and Dafni van Hellemond right behind her winning the bronze.
Brianne Stefani, competing in the Junior Olympic Level 8 category, won the all-around gold and gold on all four events.
In the trampoline discipline’s Level 3 category, Matthew Bullen competed a double back tuck to secure the gold medal in the trampoline event while also taking gold in the double mini-trampoline event.
His up-and-coming teammates claimed all the medals in the Level 1 trampoline and double mini events. Joshua Imeda won gold medals on both events followed by teammate Larkspur Phoenix with two silver medals and Quentin Kerekes who took two bronze medals.
“We are very proud of our veteran Junior Olympic and trampoline competitors,” said Long.
“They continue to lay down well executed routines in all their events, even with the addition of new skills.”
The 17 Glacier gymnasts competing in the Zone 1 Pre-Level 6 category earned a total of 35 medals.
In the eight-to-nine age group, Glacier swept the all-around podium with Rayne Jean taking the gold medal, Livia Richardson the silver and Annouk Prud’homme winning the bronze.
Paityn Lake, meanwhile, won the silver medal in both the bars and beam events.
In the 10-year-old age-group, Amelia Finley won the all-around gold with Lumay Plautz taking the all-around bronze. Atlyn Proctor claimed silver in the vault event and Ava Anast won bronze for her graceful floor routine.
In the 11-to-13 year group, Glacier cleaned up on the all-around podium with Elsa Sollid winning gold followed by teammates Ella Taylor with silver and Uvia Smith-Wood with the bronze. Tia Berens secured a gold medal on the floor event with her dynamic tumbling.
The Glacier high school girls 11 member team claimed 28 medals.
In the High School Level 1 category, Tess Nuttall won all-around silver followed by teammate Emma Lake who won bronze all-around. Gabriella Hurst secured the gold medal on both the beam and floor events, and Emily Jordan took the bronze medal for her elegant beam routine.
Ryley Thompson won gold all-around in the High School Level 2 category, while in the High School Level 3 category Sara Tolles won the gold all-around followed by Ella Keelan who took the silver medal.
Kylee Dyck took home silver medals for beam and floor, and Ashlynn D’Alessandris won bronze on both beam and floor.