Gymnasts fly at provincials

The Campbell River Gymnastics Association sent a group of 19 athletes to the Provincial Championships

The Campbell River Gymnastics Association sent a group of 19 athletes to the Provincial Championships.

The Provincials, held in Prince George, saw more than 400 participants from all over B.C.

A few of the gymnasts came in with new skills – Jasmine Duguay and Brooklyn Batch completed back layouts on the floor for the first time while Cassidy Bodnar added a front handspring front tuck on the floor. Mackenzie Henderson put a back walkover back-handspring on the beam. Quinn Kuschel-Ross put a front handspring full twist on the vault and Adin Brenner competed a tsukahara on the vault.

In the Level 2 Argo division, Batch swung big to earn a silver medal on the bars, placed seventh on vault, twelfth on floor and thirteenth on the beam to finish in sixth place in the All Around. Three girls represented Campbell River in the Level 2 Tyro division.

Brianna Pollock showed nice all around ability to finish fifth on the vault and balance beam, seventh on the floor and eighth on bars to capture the silver medal in the All Around standings.

Caitlyn Johnson had a good day finishing tenth on the bars and beam, taking seventeenth on the floor and nineteenth on the vault to finish fourteenth in the All Around.  Duguay had good performances on vault and bars to take eight on both events, was fourteenth on the floor and eighteenth on the beam.  Duguay placed fifteenth in the All Around.

Bodnar competed in the Level 3 Argo division and had a solid beam routine to take fourth place. She finished eighth on vault and bars and placed eleventh on the floor finishing eighth in the All Around.

In the Level 3 Tyro division, Henderson had a nicely swung bar routine to win the bronze medal, finished fourth on the beam, placed sixth on vault and finished sixteenth on the floor. That was good enough for fifth in the All Around.

The Level 3 Open girls had a good day with Ashlyn Ouellette taking fourth on the vault, placing fifth on the floor, taking sixth on the beam and seventeenth on the bars to finish sixth in the All Around standings.

Katie Lund had a consistent competition taking thirteenth on both vault and beam, finishing twenty first on beam and twenty third on the bars to finish nineteenth in the All Around.  Mackenzie Johnson had a nice stuck vault to take sixth place, finished twelfth on the bars, and was twenty third on both beam and floor.  Johnson finished in twenty first place in the All Around.

The Level 4 open girls had a solid performance with Tiffany Sharkie becoming Campbell River’s first Provincial Champion on the bars.  She took fifth place on both floor and beam and a sixth place finish on vault, with a tsuk competed for the first time this year. Sharkie’s skills earned her the silver medal in the All Around.  Melissa MacAdam had a gorgeous floor routine to win the bronze medal, a huge tsuk on the vault to take fourth, was ninth on bars and finished fourteenth on the beam to finish ninth place in the All Around.

Liam Deagle, Carson Ogg and Riley Michael were the first group of boys to compete in the under 13 Level 3 division.

Deagle had a good performance taking the silver medal on the parallel bars, won the bronze medal on both vault and high bar, finished fourth on rings, fifth on the pommel horse and ninth on floor to take home the bronze medal in the All Around.

Ogg was consistent taking eighth place on the pommel horse, placing ninth on floor, parallel bars and high bar, finished fourteenth on rings and vault to come home in ninth place in the All Around.  Riley Michael performed well taking sixth on the pommel horse, finishing eighth on the vault, taking eleventh on rings, fourteenth on parallel bars, finishing seventeenth on high bar and eighteenth on floor to place fourteenth in the All Around.

In the Level 4 boys under 13, Kuschel-Ross came home the Provincial Champion on the vault, placed fourth on parallel bars, fifth on the floor and the rings, was seventh on high bar and ninth on pommel horse to finish sixth in the All Around.

Adin Brenner came home a Provincial Champion on the high bar, as he finished fifth on the parallel bars, seventh on the vault, took eighth on pommel horse and rings and finished ninth on the floor to come home in seventh in the All Around.

Drew Wagner, in the Level 4 over 13 division, came home a three-time Provincial Champion winning rings, parallel bars and high bar, taking the silver medal on the vault and the bronze on floor with a tenth place finish on pommel horse to place fourth in the All Around.