Glacier athletes L-R: Calleigh Cowan, Rebecka van Hellemond, Penelope Dawson, Lilliana Mucha, Kiera Badry, Ankaret Georget, Alane Martin, Kaija Poitras. Photo submitted

Glacier goes gold at Judge’s Cup

The gymnastics club hosted 140 athletes last weekend


Glacier Gymnastics hosted its annual Glacier Judges Cup competition on Saturday featuring 140 gymnasts from Castlegar, Trail, Invermere and Nelson competing in 14 skill-level categories.

“This was the first competition of the season for many of our gymnasts,” said head coach, Sandra Long. “There were many personal best achievements and the coaching team was very pleased with the way the team performed.”

In the performance-plus category, Ankaret Georget, Rebecka van Hellemond and Penelope Dawson each took home an all-around gold.

In the Zone 1 competitive category, nine of Glacier’s up-and-coming gymnasts received a gold ranking all around, Asia Szczepanski, Emerson Mandseth, Marin Smienk, Annie van Hellemond, Sarah Stew, Elsa Troutet, Maggie Kormany, Kate Woodward and Ember Mullin-Topf.

Two of Glacier’s Junior Olympic Level 6 gymnasts, Macy Loutit and Elisa Clark, claimed all-around gold, and Brianne Stefani also claimed the gold in the Level 8 category.

In the junior and senior high school program, Lucca Dehnel claimed all-around gold in the Level 1 category, while Fawn Herzig, Maite Troutet, Selina Kromer-Anton, Nina Usher, Mattaya Oakley, Aiyana Balaza Adamek, Shekinah Parks, Zeva Rushforth and Gabriella Hurst all walked away with all-around gold in Level 2.

In the trampoline event, Jace Reid, Quentin and Anni van Hellemond both earned an all-around gold.

Nine of Glacier’s gymnast won special awards: Penelope Dawson and Dafni van Hellemond for Fastest Run on Vault, Shekinah Parks for Highest Dismount on Bars, and Jeanne Troutet and Lumay Plautz for Biggest Smile during their floor routines.

In the Double Mini trampoline category, Paityn Lake won the Best Stuck Landing and Molly Anderson won the Fastest Run. For trampoline, Anni van Hellemond won for Best Form and Jace Reid won for Highest Jump.


Glacier’s Sarah Stew poses after completing an event at the annual Judge’s Cup. Photo submitted

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