Gymnasts (from left) Aimee Clark

Gymnast wins all-around title at Delta meet

The Campbell River Gymnastics Association sent five athletes to the Delta Invitational for their annual competition on May 7-8.

The Campbell River Gymnastics Association sent five athletes to the Delta Invitational for their annual competition on May 7-8.

Melissa Morton was solid on her events sticking a nice back layout and back tuck on the floor to earn her a fifth place finish on the floor. She followed up with another stick on the vault for a ninth place finish.

Her sister, Kayla Morton, competes in the Level 4 Open division, and had a strong powerful front handspring full twist on vault to earn a silver medal.

Kayla was consistent on her other apparatus as well finishing fifth on bars, sixth on the beam and seventh on the floor to give her a fifth place all-around finish.

Tiffany Sharkie was on a roll to start off the competition in the Level 3 Open category. She won vault with a big front handspring full twist and went over to the bars where she earned another gold medal.

After a slip on the beam in warm-up, she hit her ribs on the beam and was unable to continue with the competition.

Melissa MacAdam also competed in the Level 3 Open category and was able to come home with the all-around title. She finished second on vault, third on bars, third on beam – adding a new handstand back handspring to the routine – and finishing fifth on the floor.

Aimee Clark was competing in the cash and carry event. This event groups together all the level 5 and up athletes to compete for money. Because of the National Level athletes she was competing against, we knew this would be a hard task to try and finish in the top so it was a good time to try some new skills.

Clark hit a 13 score for the first time with her bar routine adding a back layout one-and-a half twist dismount taking a slight step.

She also upgraded her beam routine, adding a standing back flip with a pike in the middle. Both new skills were performed quite well and adding more  skills is the plan to get her to National Open for next season.