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Whistler's competitive gymnasts strutted their stuff in Delta on the weekend.

With hundreds of enthusiastic athletes bearing down on the Vancouver suburb from across the province, Alberta and Yukon, the local contingent held its own.

A pair of Whistler Gymnastics representatives surged to the upper echelon of their respective levels. Ayva Spierings, a Level 6 competitor born in 2002, was tops in the vault, second in both beam and floor and fourth on the bars to end up in second place overall. Not to be outdone, Gabby Collins, a 2005 athlete in Level 3, was third all around on the strength of second-place showings in the beam and floor competitions, an eighth place on the bars and a ninth place on the vault.

Level 6 athlete Nicole Bolleman (2004) posted seconds on the bars and floor en route to a fifth place all around showing, while Level 8's Gabby Flynn (2001) was second on the vault as she placed seventh overall. Level 7's Mali Forest (2004) earned the other individual podium showing with a third on the vault as she ended up ninth all around.

Other Whistler gymnasts attending included: Level 8's Ella Crawford (2003; sixth all around) and Gigi Kranjc (2001; 16th all around); Level 7's Addie Crawford (2005; 11th all around) and Katie Faerge (2002; 15th all around); Level 6's Amy Ertel (2001; eighth all around); Level 5's Annie Sproule (2005; ninth all around), Téa Cousineau (2005; 10th all around), Katelyn Garcia (2004; 11th all around) and Kaiya Nixon (2003; 12th all around); Level 4's Anna Prohaska (2003; ninth all around); Tessa Juniper (2003; 14th all around) and Mardi Williamson (2005; 17th all around) and Level 3's Sophie Firth (2005; eighth all around). Gracie Crawford, a 2005 birth in Level 7, competed only in bars, placing eighth.

The team will next compete in Kelowna from June 5 to 7.

Whistler runners compete at BMO Vancouver Marathon

Two Whistler runners performed particularly well in their age categories at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 3.

Katharine Mills, competing in the women's 20 to 24 category and Vicki Romanin, in the women's 50 to 54 category, each finished second in their respective divisions. Mills finished in a time of three hours, 28:30 minutes (3:28:30) while Romanin, last year's age group champion, finished in 3:29:39.

In her sixth time running the marathon, Romanin was in the middle of the road on her results, but said the race still helped prepare her for the year ahead.

"It wasn't my best, but it wasn't my worst," Romanin said. "It's a great way to start the process of getting in shape for the other events of the year."

Romanin's prime passion is trail running, and though the marathon doesn't provide exactly the same physical challenge, it can get her well prepared mentally for the season ahead.

"It starts that base endurance, but it's quite different. It's like the difference between road biking and mountain biking," she said. "It starts you out with the discipline of a training plan and working towards it and getting your body going.

"If you train, it'll happen."

Romanin will continue working with coaches Gary Robbins and Eric Carter as she continues to strive toward a 100-mile ultramarathon in Washington state.

The top marathon time from a Whistlerite was posted by Dean Eggleton, who was 50th overall after finishing in 2:57:02, good for 13th in the men's 25 to 29 division.

In the half marathon, Claire Daniels (fourth in women's 25 to 29), Lisa Smart (fifth in women's 40 to 44) and Tara Colpitts (fourth in women's 35 to 39) were all top five in their classes. Brock Millard was ninth in the men's 25 to 29 division and 31st overall.

In the eight-kilometre run, Julia Smith placed sixth in the women's 50 to 54 class.

Full results are online at www.bmovanmarathon.ca.

Many GO Fest events offer same-day registration

If the GO Fest bug bites you last minute, you'll still be in luck in most cases.

Registration for the GO Enduro closes on May 14 and for the Great Snow-Earth-Water Race closes May 15, but every other sports event offers same-day registration.

Other sports offered include sailing, tennis, disc golf, dirt jump biking, kayaking and The Great Slush Cup.

For more information or to register online, visit www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.

Whistler Triathlon Club hosting events May 23

Registration is open for the Kids of Steel and Super Sprint triathlons on Saturday, May 23.

The event is open to kids aged eight to 18 over three different age categories.

Competitors eight to 11 will do a 100-metre pool swim, two-kilometre bike ride and one-kilometre run. Those 12 to 15 will do a 300-metre pool swim, 10-kilometre bike ride and three-kilometre run. The 16 to 18 year old participants will do a 300-metre pool swim, 14-kilometre bike ride and four-kilometre run.

Registration is $45 plus processing fee and insurance for non-Triathlon BC members.

A Super Sprint triathlon for adults is slated for the same day with the same parameters as the 16 to 18 year old Kids of Steel event.

Registration is $55 plus processing fee and insurance for non-Triathlon BC members.

To register or for more information, visit www.whistlertriclub.ca. The deadline for entries is May 19.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Those looking to help out can email wtc_vollies@yahoo.ca.

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