Glacier’s winning athletes pose after provincials: (L-R) Dafni van Hellemond, Elisa Clark, Teagan McTague, Shelbi van Hellemond, Anouk Prud’homme, Livia Richardson, Eden Bellman, Brianne Stefani, Ella Taylor, Aurora Panko-Dool. Missing:Brynn McTague Photo submitted

Glacier Gymnastics wins big at provincials

Nelson athletes won the first-place team award and 23 medals


Eleven gymnasts from Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club came home victorious from the provincial championships in early April, with a first-place team trophy and 23 medals, including five all-around titles and 21 top-10 placement ribbons.

The Junior Olympic Level 6 team competed against 35 other gymnastics clubs across B.C. to capture the team award Friday and Saturday in Port Coquitlam.

“It was a pleasant surprise for all of us,” said head coach Sandra Long. “This is the first time this season that our Level 6 team has competed against the big clubs in the Lower Mainland, so we had no idea where the gymnasts would rank.”

Leading the team to victory was veteran gymnast Teagan McTague, who claimed the 16-18 age group all-around gold title. She also won gold on floor, silver on vault and beam and bronze on bars. In the same age group Elisa Clark took the silver medal on floor.

In the 12-year-old age group, Aurora Panko-Dool captured all-around silver and three more silver medals for her vault, bar and floor routines. Ella Taylor took the bronze on vault.

Shelbi van Hellemond won the all-around bronze in the 11-year-old age group and also the silver on beam and bronze on bars and floor.

First time provincials competitor nine-year-old Livia Richardson won the gold on beam and bronze on floor.

Junior Olympic Level 7 gymnast Dafni van Hellemond claimed the all-around silver in the 13-year-old age group. She also won silver on vault and floor. In her first year competing as a Level 7, Eden Bellman claimed silver on beam in the 11-year-old category.

Brianne Stefani was just as successful in Junior Olympic Level 8, as she earned the all-around silver and a bronze medal on beam.

Long said the coaches and members of Glacier are very proud and overwhelmed by the success of its gymnasts this season.

“There is a lot of unseen hard-work and dedication behind these results. With continued commitment by these up-and-coming gymnasts, we predict more success for the club next season.”

The Glacier Team will now focus on preparing for the Kootenay Zone Championships, which the club is hosting May 5-6.

See below for full results:

Gymnastics Level 6

Nine years: Livia Richardson – Gold on beam, bronze on floor, fourth on bars, fifth all around

10 years: Anouk Prud’homme – Sixth on vault and bars, seventh on floor

11 years: Shelbi van Hellemond – Bronze all around, silver on beam, bronze on bars and floor, fourth on vault

12 years: Aurora Panko-Dool – Silver all around, silver on bars and floor, bronze on vault, fifth on beam

Ella Taylor – Bronze on vault, fourth on beam, fifth all around and on bars

14 years: Brynn McTague – Fifth on vault and floor

15 years and up: Teagan McTague – Gold in all around and floor, silver on vault and beam, bronze on bars

Elisa Clark – Silver on floor, sixth on beam, ninth on vault

Gymnastics Level 7

11 years: Eden Bellman – Silver on beam, seventh on floor, 10th all-around and on vault

13 year: Dafni van Hellemond – Silver in all around and on vault and floor, fifth on bars

Gymnastics Level 8

12 years: Brianne Stefani – Silver in all around, bronze on beam, fourth on bars, ninth on vault and floor

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