Jakob Sirianni turned 15 on the weekend and marked the occasion with medal-winning efforts at the Artistic Gymnastics Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon.
The Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre athlete represented B.C. and competed in the Level 4 division, winning gold medals in rings and vault in individual competition. Sirianni, who was named the KGTC's athlete of the month, helped B.C. to silver in the team event.
“It was really nerve-racking,” said Sirianni, a South Kamloops secondary student. “I just listen to my music before I go and I think about what I’m going to do and really put my time into focusing. I drown everything out. I listen to some rap.”
Sirianni placed ninth all-around in his category, finishing 20th on floor, 16th on pommel horse, ninth on parallel bars and fifth on high bar.
“I’m not so agile on the pommel,” Sirianni said. “I just started three years ago. It’s probably the hardest event in gymnastics. I’ve got to work on that mainly.”
A fall on a tumbling pass hurt Sirianni’s score in the floor event, but excellent work in rings and vault boosted him to a top-10 all-around finish in his first appearance for Team B.C.
“I’m hoping to move up to the junior category next year,” Sirianni said. “I’m hoping to go to nationals next year and, hopefully, compete internationally. I’m going to work really hard to get there.”
The B.C. Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held last month in Coquitlam.
Sirianni and Drew Kanigan were among the KGTC’s big winners in the male division.
Kanigan was first in floor, pommel horse, rings and high bar, second on vault and third on parallel bars en route to a gold all-around performance in the junior division.
The junior national team member has qualified to compete at the Canadian Artistic Championships, which will run from May 3 to May 5 in Ottawa.
Sirianni placed first all-around in the Level 4 category, finishing first on floor, rings, vault and high bar and third on Pommel horse.
Eduardo Nunez-Palma, a Level 3 Athlete, was first on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. Lachlan deFouw was second on floor in Level 4 action.
Eva Poissant and Leah L’Ecluse competed in female junior Olympic Level 6 competition.
Poissant was first on uneven bars and third on beam to place second all-around. L’Ecluse placed second on uneven bars.
Daryn England placed first on floor in junior Olympic Level 7 action.
KGTC artistic athletes will compete this weekend at the Delta Invitational in Richmond.