The Whistler Gymnastics Club had another successful trip to Vancouver Island over May long weekend for the Garden City Invitational. Six athletes reached the podium at least once, including four in the highly competitive Xcel Platinum division.
Kirra Douglas took top spot in the all-around contest among Platinum gymnasts, buoyed by her excellent gold medal beam routine and silver medal effort on bars. Not far behind was all-around runner-up Sienna Osborn, who earned a pair of bronze medals in vault and bars.
Ocean Anderson came second on beam, while Ruby McLatchie grabbed a silver of her own in vault.
When asked about her club's results, head coach Karin Jarratt made sure to highlight Platinum contenders Maya Langdale and Sadie Richer, both of whom achieved personal bests on every apparatus despite falling short of the podium.
Meanwhile in the Xcel Gold category, Juno Buhler cleaned house with a total of five podium results: first in all-around, beam, floor and bars to go with third in vault. Buhler's eyebrow-raising performance comes on the heels of a three-medal outing at the Delta Invitational.
Alexa Maxwell reached the podium herself, finishing third on floor. She narrowly ended up fourth in all-around.
Before long, it will be the Sea to Sky's turn to host over 350 of British Columbia's best young gymnasts. The Whistler Summer Classic is scheduled to take place June 16 to 18 at the Whistler Athletes' Centre. Formerly the only meet in B.C. to include outdoor events, the Summer Classic is still unique in that it offers an outdoor beer garden and barbecue, a podium comprised of log rounds and a free athletes' party on Saturday night.