Gymnasts cap off busy season in style

For 13 athletes from North Valley Gymnastics, their hard work and determination paid off

North Valley Gymnastics member Brooklyn Ashby competes on the balance beam at the season-ending Okanagan Invitational Gymnastics competition in West Kelowna.

North Valley Gymnastics member Brooklyn Ashby competes on the balance beam at the season-ending Okanagan Invitational Gymnastics competition in West Kelowna.

For 13 athletes from North Valley Gymnastics, their hard work and determination paid off with a great competitive season finish at the Ogopogo Invitational Gymnastics competition in West Kelowna.

The competition drew together 750 athletes from across B.C., Alberta, and Whitehorse Yukon, representing 37 gymnastic clubs.

“The girls had a great final meet,” said North Valley competitive coach Naomi Rokus.

“For some of them it was their third, fourth, fifth competition of the year and the experience from the previous meets really helped them to peak at this competition.

“We also had girls competing for the first time and they did great – can’t wait to do more. All in all, it was a great competitive year and everyone is looking forward to next season.”

Aysia Morgan landed herself on the top of the podium with a first place all around finish in the JO 5 Senior category.

Her individual event standings were vault 1st; bars 2nd; and beam and floor both 3rd.

Brooklyn Ashby placed fourth all around in the JO 6 Junior A category, with event standings – beam 3rd, bars 5th, and vault and floor both 7th.

In the JO 4 Jr A category, Veronika Yacovelli finished 12th all around, with her best event on floor (6th).

In JO 4 Sr B, Tyra Green placed 7th all around, with her best event on floor (5th).  Charli Calvert placed 11th all around, best event on beam (7th).

Isa-Bella Gelter finished 13th all around, best events on vault and floor (11th both).  Katie Jones placed 14th all around, best events on floor and bars (13th both).

Autumn Doucette placed eighth all around in the JO 6A Sr A category, with her best event standing on bars (3rd).

Emma Doucette placed 12th all around, best event on vault (8th).  Jenna Cotter placed 13th all around, best event on bars (11th).

Julia Kalin placed 14th all around, best events on floor, bars and vault (12th all three).

Amy Sol placed 15th all around, best event on vault (10th).  In the JO 6A Sr B category,

Emma Eggert placed 17th all around, with her best events on vault and floor (14th both).

“It was my first time bringing athletes to competition, and with the support of head coach Kathy Stevens, and Naomi Rokus, it was a fantastic experience for me as well as the girls I coach who were competing for their first time,” said competitive coach Cariann Hewison

“All the girls worked incredibly hard and we are very proud with the progress that they’ve made to get where they are.”

North Valley Gymnastics is located at 2707-45th Avenue (near Canadian Tire), and is currently accepting registration for summer session for all level of gymnasts, from beginner to experienced, boys and girls.

Visit nvgym.com, or call 250-558-5136.