Gymnasts in action
Athletes from the Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Centre have been busy of late, with the club participating at three events — Christy Fraser Memorial Invitational in Langley, the B.C. Trampoline Gymnastics Championships and Wild West Fest in the River City.
At the Christy Fraser Memorial, Shayla Gifford earned an alternate position on Team B.C. by placing sixth overall and fifth on beam. She is eligible to attend the Western Championships, which get underway in Winnipeg on May 3.
Also performing well in Langley were Sydney Leahy, who placed third all-around in Provincial 3 Novice action, and Emily Matthew, who placed second on floor and third on beam in Provincial 4 Tyro competition.
At the provincial championships, Emily Schmidt, competing in the women’s under-18 division, won gold on trampoline and Level 4 provincial tumbling and placed fifth on double-mini. She ranked No. 1 among B.C. competitors and reached a national-level qualification score.
Mario Bruno, competing in the men’s under-18 national division, placed first on double-mini and third on trampoline, while Jean-Luc Larouche was second on double-mini and fourth on trampoline in the same division.
Schmidt, Bruno and Larouche will attend nationals in Ottawa in May.
On the provincial side, Gavin Dodd racked up three gold medals — placing first in Level 3 double-mini, Level 4 trampoline and Level 2 tumbling.
At Wild West Fest, a qualifying competition for provincial Level 2 gymnasts vying to represent Zone 2 at the B.C. championships, Gifford, Matthew, Riley Mott, Taylor Berthelot and Quinn Butcher were all-around gold medallists.
Winning all-around silver medals were Leahy, Christine Strain, Jade Wood and Jason Dalghren.
Kyla Liebe, Bella Wood, Emma Guertin, Marc Thibault and Tristan Lockerbie won all-around bronze.
Meanwhile, men’s artistic gymnast Scott Nabata placed third overall at the Kyle Shewfelt Invitational in Calgary.