Nearly 130 athletes from Western Canada will compete in Vernon in the 15th annual Queen of Hearts rhythmic gymnastics zone competition next weekend at the Recreation Complex auditorium.
The event, which goes all day Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, is a collaboration between Camille Martens of the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and the Okanagan Rhythmic Association. It will feature competitors from Vernon, Lower Mainland, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina. Highlighted competitors will include national team members Megan Hamilton of Vernon, as well as Cindy and Lisa Huh and Kaylie Choi, all of Richmond.
“Training anywhere from 20-30 hours/week, the Queen of Hearts competition, for many, is the perfect kick-off to their competition season,” said Martens, a former Olympian.
“As with a sold-out rock concert or hockey game, having an enthusiastic crowd gives lift to the energy of the athletes’ routines.”
Admission to Queen of Hearts is free, and there will be a concession onsite, as well as raffles and draw tables. Proceeds from this event help to offset the travel costs of the local club athletes, who, in the coming months will compete in Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Columbus, Winnipeg and Estonia.