Whistler gymnasts in the medals 

The Whistler Gymnastics Club once again lived up to its slogan, the Biggest Little Gym Club, in Surrey last weekend, with athletes holding their own against athletes from the Lower Mainland with full-time facilities and more training time.

Eleven-year-old Level 3 gymnast Frances Moody, who is fresh from the B.C. Winter Games, earned a silver medal on the floor and bronze medals on the beam and vault. She also received the Beam Choreography award from the judges, who ranked her routine highly despite a fall.

In the Novice category for girls 12-13, Level 2 Kristi Poole-Adler was fourth on the beam and Level 1 Jenny Higgins was fourth on both beam and floor to finish sixth all-around.

The Tyro Level 1 team didn’t earn any ribbons, but consistent performances by all of the gymnasts led the team to the third place trophy. The Tyro team includes Alex Arcalean, Ashlen Coombs, Sonya D’Artois, Annik Tetreault and Nicola Halliwell. D’Artois and Coombs were eighth and ninth all around in the field of 34 gymnasts.

Earlier that week, the girls in the pre-competitive program took part in another LEAP program, where they were evaluated for basic skills on vault, bars, beam and floor. All of the Whistler athletes improved their LEAP results from three weeks before, and several of the girls moved on.

Lenka Prochazka, Julia Vodarek and Maye Akama passed the copper level, while Desirae Smith and Jasmin Budge earned copper pins for passing both the skills and the physical ability testing.

The next competition for Whistler Gymnastics is in White Rock from May 7-9.


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