The Whistler Gymnastics Club honoured athletes at every level at their annual year end show at the high school Sunday, June 1, recognizing Most Improved, Most Sportsmanlike, and Hardest Worker for every age group and division.
"Our athletes did just awesome this year. We were competing against clubs and athletes that had full facilities and one or two more days a week of training time, and we did really well as a club," said Whistler Gymnastics program director Tami Ross.
"The awards are just a little extra recognition for the girls and boys who gave a little extra in training and were supportive of their teammates and competitors."
Highfliers Jessica Treagus
Sprites Emily Dibble
Classics Rachel Burt
Acronauts Harrison Shrimpton
Rebounders Lonnie Wake
Mini Rebounders Samantha Shrimpton
Pre KIPS Meghan Burko
Myriams Group Rebecca Flynn
Catous Group Hillary Carrell
Kerrys Group Jenny Higgins
Karins Group Kristi Poole-Adler
Most Improved Skill and Attitude
Highfliers Mitchell Wilson
Sprites Jacob Jazic
Classics Katerina Suchy
Acronauts Lexi Thind
Rebounders Jocylen Kay, Chantel Milan
Mini Rebounders Bianca Duval
Pre KIPS Averi Willis
Myriams Group Lenka Prochazka
Catous Group Nicola Halliwell
Tamis Group Annik Tetrault
Kerry Group Angelina Manuel
Highfliers Alex Gershon
Sprites Ben Flynn
Classics Alicia Longstaff
Acronauts Dakota Denduyf
Rebounders Meaghan Duggan
Mini Rebounders Ellianne T.
Pre KIPS Abbey Winter
Myriams Group Emily Cankovic
Catous Group Shannon MacDonald
Tamis Group Ashlen Coombs
Kerrys Group Holly Hetherington
Karins Group Nicola Bennett
In addition to the athletes, the club recognized the efforts of parent volunteers.
Volunteer coach Beth Braidwood won the Hodi Award for volunteer of the year. She has helped out the club for four years, donating her wages towards funding athletes in the clubs summer camps.
Club registrar Susan Shrimpton was recognized for her efforts as well, helping to manage a list of 200 athletes.
Kay Pantages was the top volunteer fundraiser, organizing a club social at Hozs Pub, and selling chocolates, teddy bears and gym clothes to raiser money for the club.
The club also said good-bye to a pair of veteran coaches. Kerry McArthur is leaving Whistler Gymnastics after this season to attend a school for paramedics in Vancouver. Coach Myriam Benn, the organizer of the clubs year-end show, The Flipping Gym Show Goes to Hollywood, is also moving to the city.
Spots in the club summer camps are going fast, although there was still room at press time. The recreational camps take place from July 7 to 11, and from Aug. 5 to 8. The advanced recreational, pre-competitive and competitive camps take place from July 21 to 25, and Aug. 11 to 15. For more information or to register, call 604-902-FLIP (3547).
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