Glacier’s winning athletes include (L-R): Elisa Clark, Eden Bellman, Asia Szcaepanski, Anouk Prud’homme, Macy Loutit, Tia Berens, Dafni van Hellemond. Photo submitted

Glacier Gymnastics wins 12 medals at provincials

The club sent eight athletes to the event


Eight gymnasts from Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club came home victorious from the provincial championships this past weekend in Coquitlam with 12 medals, including two all-around titles and 20 top-10 placement ribbons.

Head coach Sandra Long said the coaches and members of Glacier are overwhelmed by the success of its gymnasts this season.

“We are very proud of all the gymnasts who participated. Everyone came home with a top-eight or higher all-around finish this Provincials, that is a huge accomplishment.”

Leading the Level 6 Team was Anouk Prud’homme claiming the 11- to 12-year-old age group all-around bronze medal. She also won silver on floor. In the same age group Asia Szczepanski took the gold medal on floor and was seventh all-around.

In the 10- to 11-year-old age group, Macy Loutit captured fifth on bars and eighth all-around.

Veteran competitor Elisa Clark won the gold medal on beam, silver on floor and fourth all-around in the 14 and up age group. Clark was followed by first-time provincials competitor Tia Berens who won the silver on beam and sixth all-around in the same age group.

Junior Olympic Level 7 gymnast Eden Bellman claimed the all-around silver in the 12- to 13-year-old age group. She also won bronze on beam and floor.

In her first year competing as a Level 8, Dafni van Hellemond claimed silver on floor and fifth all-around in the 13- to 14-year-old category. In the same category, Brianne Stefani won gold on floor and then could not continue due to an injury

The Glacier Team will now focus on preparing for the Kootenay Zone Championships, which the club is hosting May 4 to 5.

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