Two Level 3 athletes from the Whistler Gymnastics Club took part in the combined Zone 4 and 5 BC Winter Games Trails in Delta this past weekend, going head to head with some of the top athletes from the biggest clubs in the province — including girls who spend up to 24 hours a week training, 12 months a year.
Despite the challenge, Whistler's Keeley Wentzel placed sixth all around, including a gold medal performance on the vault. She also tied for fifth on bars and was seventh and eighth on the floor and beam respectively.
A top six would have given Wentzel a place on the zone team in the past, but this year organizers were admitting just three athletes from the Level 3 group.
It's also the first year that Level 3 athletes have been invited to the Games, with spaces typically reserved for Level 4 and higher. As a result, Wentzel is the third substitute for the team that will be heading to Vernon in February.
Carly Mann also took part, placing sixth on beam, seventh on vault and ninth on floor to finish 10th all around.
Gymnastic open through holidays
While competitive gymnastics and trampoline programs are on break through the holidays, Whistler Gymnastics is hosting programs from Dec. 19 to 30.
One program is a gym rental including gymnastics equipment and trampolines for up to six people, with 1.5 hours costing $85.
Exploration Gym programs for kids 18 months to five years are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for $12. Parents or caregivers must attend.
Play Gym for kids 5 to 7 is on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Night Out (Grade 1 and up) is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Adult/Teen Night is Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at $20 for members and $25 for non-members.