Glacier Gymnastics athletes filmed their performances in Nelson for Cranbrook’s Key City Classic Virtual Competition. Photo: Submitted

Glacier Gymnastics athletes filmed their performances in Nelson for Cranbrook’s Key City Classic Virtual Competition. Photo: Submitted

Glacier Gymnastics competes in first virtual event of the season

Nelson athletes will next move onto the provincial championships

Submitted by Glacier Gymnastics

Twenty-two of Nelson’s gymnasts competed against gymnasts from the Kootenay region, Alberta and Prince Rupert in their first virtual competition of the season. The Key City Classic Virtual Competition, hosted by Cranbrook’s Key City gymnastics club, took place March 7 to 16. Video routine submissions were accepted during this time and forwarded on for judging.

“We are grateful to be able to use technology in order to continue offering a competitive experience this season,” said Glacier Gymnastics head coach Sandra Long. “The competitive team has continued to train at 100 per cent effort, so it was wonderful to have an opportunity for them to showcase their achievements.”

The team’s next virtual competition is the 2021 BC Provincial Championships, which will take place March 28 to April 5. Thirteen Glacier gymnasts qualified and will be participating at the championships. Dafni van Hellemond, Asia Szczepanski, Macy Loutit and Anouk Prud’homme will compete in Level 7. Level 6 competition will include Lumay Plautz, Selina Kromer-Anton, Molly Anderson, Sarah Stew, Anni van Hellemond, Jersey Skolka, Anika Denkovski, Emerson Mandseth and Rebecka van Hellemond.

Due to last spring’s lockdown the 2020 provincial championships was cancelled, making this a very special opportunity for the nine Level 6 gymnasts who missed last year’s competition and will make their first appearance at the provincials this season.

Long said the coaches have noticed the gymnasts preparing with the same motivation and focus as they normally would for an in-person competition, and the nerves and pressures that come with competition are still present for the athlete to overcome.

Shortly after provincials, Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club will hold the Kootenay Zone Championships virtual competition April 30 to May 8, which will have all competitive and developmental levels participating in this virtual event.

Results highlights from Key City Classic:

Xcel Silver

Sophia With – Gold: All Around, Beam, Floor

Teija Hartman – Silver: Vault, Beam / Bronze: Bars

Xcel Gold

9 and under:

Jeanne Troutet — Gold: Bars / Silver: All Around, Vault / Bronze: Beam, Floor

Elsa Troutet — Gold: Floor / Bronze: All Around

Lillianna Mucha — Silver: Bar, Beam

9 and older:

Ankaret Georget – Gold: All Around, Bars / Silver: Vault, Beam, Floor

Level 6

12-13 year olds:

Anni van Hellemond – Gold: All Around, Vault, Bars / Silver: beam, floor

Jersey Skolka – Gold: Floor / Silver: All Around / Bronze: Vault, Bars

Anika Denkovski – Bronze: All Around, Bars, Floor

Emerson Mandseth – Silver: Vault

11-14 year olds:

Sarah Stew – Silver: Beam / Bronze: All Around, Vault, Bars

14 years old and up:

Lumay Plautz – Silver: Bars

Selina Kromer-Anton – Silver: Floor / Bronze: Bars

Molly Anderson – Gold: Bars / Bronze: Floor

Level 7

Anouk Prud’homme – Gold: All Around, Vault, Beam, Floor

Dafni van Hellemond – Gold: Floor / Silver: All Around, Vault, Bars / Bronze: Beam

Asia Szczepanski – Gold: Bars / Bronze: All Around, Floor

Macy Loutit – Bronze: Bars

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