Glacier gymnasts hosts championship

Over 250 athletes competed in the event at Glacier Gymnastics Club.

Anni van Hellemond

Brianne Stefani’s star continues to rise at the Glacier Gymnastics Club.

Stefani three gold medals and a silver at the Kootenay Zone Gymnastics and Trampoline Championships hosted by Glacier in Nelson last weekend.

The 11-year-old finished first in the junior Olympic level 7 all-around, vault and floor events, and added a silver in beam. The medals comes after the Nelson gymnast took gold in the floor event at the BC Winter Games in March.

Glacier was well represented on the podium with 46 individual medals and the top team award in its host competition that featured 270 gymnasts.

“We are very proud of our veteran Junior Olympic and trampoline competitors,” said Glacier Gymnastics head coach, Sandra Long. “They continue to lay down well executed routines in all their events, even with the addition of new skills.”

Stefani’s teammates Sara Tolles and Olivia Kelly also earned hardware in the level 7 group. Tolles finished with a silver in beam and three bronze medals in all-around, vault and floor. Kelly meanwhile took gold in vault and bronze in beam.

In other events:

Eden Bellman won three gold medals in junior Olympic level 6 all-around, bars and beam as well as a silver in the floor event. Shelbi van Hellemond took gold in floor, three silvers in all-around, bars and beam and a bronze in vault. Olivia Bezaire earned silver in vault and two bronze in all-around and bars, while Abby Majeski took bronze in beam and floor.

In the 11- to 12-year-olds category, Dafni van Hellemond walked away with four medals (gold in vault, silver in all-around and beam, bronze in the bars event). Brynn McTague took bronze in floor, Tehya Colbeck won bronze in beam and Ashlynn D’Alessandris earned silver in floor.

Teagan McTague led the 13 to 14 age group with golds in all-around, bars and floor along with silvers in vault and beam. Lily Taylor shined with golds in vault and beam, silvers in all-around and floor and a bronze in bars. Gwen McCrory took silver on bars and two bronze in all-around and beam, while Mercedes Majeski and Amanda Schacher each won bronze in floor and vault, respectively.

Long said the hard working Glacier team members are raising the level of gymnastics being performed at the Nelson club.

“The up and coming competitive Glacier gymnasts and trampolinists look to these athletes for inspiration and role modeling and the effect was obvious in the results of the junior competitors on the weekend,” she said.

Maggie Kormany and coach Sandra Long

Taya Wastl

Emily Jordan and her coach Sam Philips (below)

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