Tumblers win awards 

Over the past few weeks, the less experienced members of the Whistler Gymnastics Club took part in Kids In Progress and Zone competitions. The KIP meet participants all earn ribbons based on how well they perform, while the zone-level tumblers compete for medals against other clubs.

For the KIPs, Sonya D’Artois won two gold ribbon on the vault and bars, a bronze on the beam and a silver on the floor. Ashlen Coombs won gold, silver, silver and bronze; Nicola Halliwell, Amy Francis, Rachel Belch and Shannon MacDonald won bronze, silver, bronze and bronze; Shannon MacDonald earned four bronzes; and Emily Barratt won silver, gold, bronze and silver.

Hilary Carrell won gold on bars, bronze on beam and silver on floor; Mariah Spence won bronze, bronze and silver; Olivia Murray won gold, silver and silver; and Natasha Dudley won three bronze ribbons.

In the Tyro (11 and 12 year olds) zone competition, Merritt Patterson earned a gold medal on the vault, a bronze on the floor and fourth on the bars. Emma Baker brought home a gold medal for her great floor routine, while Jenny Higgins tied for the bronze medal on the floor. Tegan Turcotte was fifth on bars, beam and floor, and Abigail Cameron earned a bronze on the bars and finished fourth of floor.

The Whistler Gymnastics Club also recently celebrated their annual Ribbon Day meet, where all of the competitors came away with something for routines on the vault, bars, beam, floor and trampoline. This recreational event gives the younger gymnasts a chance to perform in front of an audience of friendly faces and to get comfortable with a crowd before entering into competition with other clubs.

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