Glacier gymnasts earn 90 medals in provincial trials

Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club competitive team won 90 medals over spring break at the Key City Invitational.

The Glacier Gymnastics Club is celebrating a successful trip to the zone provincial trials. Back row: Brianne Stefani

Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club competitive team won 90 medals over spring break at the Key City Invitational/Zone 1 provincial trials in Cranbrook. This bi-provincial competition attracted 300 participants from clubs in BC and Alberta.

At the event, 12 of Nelson’s gymnastics and trampoline athletes qualified to compete at the BC Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Championships in Langley, April 15 to 17.

Experienced competitors and past BC provincial medalists Sara Tolles, Olivia Kelly, Brianne Stefani, Teagan McTague, Gwen McCrory, Abby Majeski, Matthew Bullen and Zoe Crisfield will lead the Glacier team.

The following four gymnasts also qualified to compete at their first BC Provincial Championships: Dafni vanHellemond, Eden Bellman, Shelbi van Hellemond and Lily Taylor.

“This is a very exciting time for Glacier Gymnastics,” said head coach Sandra Long. “Half of these gymnasts are nine to 11, which bodes well for the future of competitive gymnastics in Nelson.”

The coaching team has developed a diverse programming strategy that is beginning to mature. “We will continue to see bigger and younger teams attending BC Championships in the future,” said Long. “And the level and quality of our gymnastics and trampolining will continue to increase.”

Results from the Key City Invitational in Cranbrook

Girls Zone 1 Level Pre-6

(8-9 years old)

Paityn Lake: Golds in beam and all around, bronzes in vault and bars,

Ally Nicholson: Gold in vault, silvers in bars and all around, bronze in beam

Rayne Jean: Golds in bars and floor, bronze in all around

Amelia Finley: Silver in floor

Anouk Prud’homme: Silver in beam

(10-11 years old)

Olivia Bezaire: Golds in vault and beam, silver in bars, 6th in floor, 4th in gold-all around

Kate May: Silver in all around, bronze in floor

Tess Gordon: Silver in all around

Ella Taylor: Silver in floor

Aurora Dool: Bronze in bronze-floor

Julia Markin-Hellekson: Bronzes in vault and beam

Fawn Herzig: Silver in beam

Elsa Sollid: Gold in floor

(12-13 years old)

Ashlynn D’Alessandris: Golds in beam and all around, bronzes in vault and bars

Mercedes Majeski: Gold in floor, silvers in vault and all around

Tehya Colbeck: Gold in bars, bronze in all around

Amanda Schacher: Golds in vault and floor

Brynn McTague: Silver in bars

Suki Simmington: Silver in beam, bronze in floor


Girls Junior Olympic Level 6

(9-10 years old)

Eden Bellman: Golds in beam, floor, and all around, silver in vault

Abby Majeski: Gold in bars, silvers in beam and all around, bronze in floor,

Shelbi van Hellemond: Silver in floor, bronze in bars

(11-17 years old)

Lily Taylor: Gold in bars, silvers in floor and all around

Dafni van Hellemond: Silvers in vault and bars, bronze in floor

Teagan McTague: Bronze in floor


Girls Junior Olympic Level 7

(9-12 years old)

Brianne Stefani: Golds in beam and floor, silvers in vault and all around

(13-16 years old)

Sara Tolles: Bronze in floor

Olivia Kelly: Silver in bars, bronze in vault


Girls Junior High School Level 1

Ryley Thompson: Gold in all around, silvers in floor and vault, bronze in bars

Emma Lake: Golds in vault and beam, silver in all around, bronze in bars

Maya Buchanan: Gold in bars, bronzes in beam, floor, and all Around

Gabriella Hurst: Golds in beam and floor

Jersey Hay: Silver in bars, bronze in vault

Girls High School Level 3

Ella Keelan: Golds in bars, floor, and all-around, silver in vault, bronze in beam

Kylee Dyck: Silver in bars, bronzes in vault, floor, and all around

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