The Trail Gymnastics Club’s Junior Olympic team is comprised of: from left Jasmine Wyatt, Emmie Ihas, Rannde Wyatt, Ellery Shields.

Trail Gymnastics Club excels at Zone championship

A strong contingent of Trail gymnasts competed at the Kootenay Zone championships earlier this month

Trail Gymnastics Club had an excellent showing at the Kootenay Zone Championships hosted by Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club on May 6 and 7.

Twenty-nine Trail gymnasts brought home a total of 32 medals in the Junior Olympic (Provincial), High School and Interclub competitions.

The Junior Olympic team, consisting of Ellery Shields, Rannde Wyatt, Jasmine Wyatt, Emmie Ihas and Jendaya Shields earned a total of 18 medals. In Junior Olympic level 3 2007-08 Ellery claimed the Balance Beam championship title, a silver medal on Vault and a bronze medal All Around with her 35.991 score.

In Junior Olympic Level 3 2004-06 Rannde earned silver medals on the Floor Exercise and Balance Beam, and bronze medals on Balance Beam, Vault and the All Around with 36.623 points . In Junior Olympic Level 4 Jasmine earned the silver medal for her All Around score of 34.916 as well as on Vault, Balance Beam and Floor, with a bronze medal on Uneven Bars. Jasmine was also awarded a special judge’s trophy for Best Leaps. Also competing in Junior Olympic Level 4, Emmie was crowned the All Around Champion with 35.149 points and took the gold medal in Vault and Balance Beam, with a silver on Uneven Bars and the bronze on Floor Exercise.

Competing in the Junior Olympic level 6 2001-2004 category Jendaya, who also recently represented the club at the Provincial Championships in Coquitlam, won the bronze medal on Uneven Bars and narrowly missed the podium by .017 of a point on Vault, placing fiftth in the All Around with a score of 35.912 points. Special judge’s mention to Jendaya who earned a personal best score of 9.333 on the Floor Exercise. The Junior Olympic 3/4 gymnasts won the third place team trophy for the compulsory levels and Jendaya, as the sole optional level gymnast for Trail Gymnastics, collected the sixth place team trophy where a teams top three scores are added together.

Trail’s High School Team of Ericka Anselmo, Nicole Smith, Anna Anhel, Claire Conliffe, Paulina Seib and Reigha Wyatt brought home a total of 14 medals. In the High School level 1 competition Ericka placed fifth on Uneven Bars and sixth All Around with a score of 33.975. The remainder of Trail’s team competed in the High School Level 2 2000-02 competition. Nicole earned the All Around Championship title with 36.275 points, as well as gold medals on Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. Reigha won the silver medal in the All Around with 36.0 and also earned silver on Uneven Bars, with bronze medals on Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. In the Bronze medal position with 35.766 All Around was Claire, who also shared the gold medal on Balance Beam with Nicole and earned the silver medal on Floor Exercise. Paulina was crowned the Uneven Bars Champion and placed fourth in the All Around with 35.608 points. Anna rounded out the top five of eight in the field with a silver medal performance on Uneven Bars and 35.116 points All Around. The High School level 2 team also earned the Team Championship trophy for their efforts.

On Day 2 of competition, the Interclub teams were in action. In the Performance Plus category, where gymnasts are not ranked against each other but are awarded an All Around medal based on meeting performance standards, silver medals were awarded to Alexys Jones, Gryffin Jamin, Julia Macasso, Olivya Teasdale, Kali Koshey, Sofia Olsen and Veiga Strachan. Performing in the Interclub division were Makayla Gademans, Roree Johannson, Madelyn MacDonald, Kaylyn Baril, Abbie D’Amour, Casey Dueck, Trinity Gademans, Ayla Hall, Kyla Hlushak, Kaydance Nowak and Gabby Paterson.

The teams next compete in Kimberley on May 27-28 and will finish the season in Kelowna on June 9-11.