Glacier Gymnastics athletes competed in a virtual event following the cancellation of the in-person BC Winter Games. Back row, L-R: Macy Loutit (Nelson), Anni van Hellemond (Nelson), Chailyn Stanley (Cranbrook), Asiz Szczepanski (Nelson). Front row: Anouk Prud’homme (Nelson), Jorja Kapral (Trail).

Glacier Gymnastics athletes competed in a virtual event following the cancellation of the in-person BC Winter Games. Back row, L-R: Macy Loutit (Nelson), Anni van Hellemond (Nelson), Chailyn Stanley (Cranbrook), Asiz Szczepanski (Nelson). Front row: Anouk Prud’homme (Nelson), Jorja Kapral (Trail).

Glacier Gymnastics competes at virtual BC Winter Games

Local gymnasts won two medals and had 12 top-10 finishes

Submitted by Glacier Gymnastics

Four Glacier gymnasts captured two medals and 12 top-10 placements at the BC Winter Games Replacement Virtual Competition on Feb. 21.

Each zone had their top six gymnasts participating in this exclusive event.

“We were all very excited that Gymnastics BC decided to host a virtual replacement event for all the gymnasts that have been working towards the BC Games opportunity that was cancelled because of the recent COVID situation,” said head coach Sandra Long.

Fourteen-year-old Asia Szczepanski won the silver medal on beam with her graceful and confident beam routine and she also earned the bronze medal for her dynamic floor routine. She placed sixth on vault and seventh all around.

Teammate Anouk Prud’homme had the highest all-around placement, taking fifth place. She also was fifth on vault, sixth on floor and eighth on bars.

Glacier’s youngest gymnast, 13-year-old Anni van Hellemond finished the competition with a top-10 all-around placement and sixth on beam and ninth on vault.

Macy Loutit, 14, was eighth on floor, with her highest floor score 9.425 of the season.

“The girls put in a lot of time preparing to execute a specific competition plan for this event,” said Long.

Focusing and following their plan enabled them to perform personal best routines at this highly competitive and stressful event.

“We have been training the last two years without really knowing how our gymnasts would stack up against other teams. Having three of our gymnasts finish in the top-10 all around at this event tells us that we are on the right track for a successful competitive season.

The gymnasts next big competition will be the provincial championships in Surrey, April 1-3, where they will join nine other teammates on the Glacier Team.