North Valley gymnasts, from front, Avery Goode, Sam Munroe, Annabelle Skelly, Olivia Phair, Neala Hackman, Emma Locke, Alexis Sibilleau, Amelia Spitzer. (Photo Submitted)

Gymnasts medal in Kelowna

Provincial championship meet

Eleven gymnasts from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society (NVGS) competed at the Kelowna Invitational/BC Championships Trials.

The 11 competed in five different levels in a field of 47.

The JO (Junior Olympic) athletes in Level 3 and 4 started the competition out strongly on vault and continued to build momentum throughout the competition.

Level 3 athletes Avery Goode (age eight), Annabelle Skelly (nine), Olivia Phair (nine) and Neala Hackman (eight) were competing for the first time and had excellent results.

Goode won a silver medal for her floor routine and a bronze medal for a stuck beam routine. Phair earned a silver medal for her bar routine. Skelly earned a fourth place for her stuck beam routine. Hackman had a shaky competition but still earned seventh for vault and the “Never Give Up” award. Each Level 3 athlete finished in the top-eight for her age category.

Alexis Sibilleau (nine), Emma Locke (eight) and Amelia Spitzer (10) competed in the JO Level 4 and all three

had an excellent competition.

Sibilleau earned a silver medal for her fantastic bar routine, Locke had a consistent competition, finishing fourth on vault and bars, fifth on beam and sixth on floor. Spitzer had a great bar routine to finish seventh.

The athletes in JO Level 5 and 6 were competing to go to BC Championships in April.

The top-seven Level 5 athletes and the top-20 Level 6 athletes would earn a chance to compete at BC Championships. Amy Sol (16), Emma Eggert (15) and Izzy Gelter (12) competed in Level 6 and all three athletes qualified for provincials.

Sol had an exceptional competition, earning a bronze in the all around, gold on vault, fourth on beam and a much-improved bar routine earned her eighth in that event.

Eggert, feeling a bit under the weather, performed up to par to earn her trip to the championships with a highlight finish of fourth on both vault and bars – two events that she has made exceptional progress on – and earned her highest all around score to finish fifth.

Gelter earned a fourth place finish on vault and had a consistent competition to finish seventh in the all around.

Sam Munroe (age eight) competed for the first time in Level 5, maintained a positive attitude throughout and

earned eighth place finishes on vault and floor.

Rounding out the competition in Level 7 was Autumn Doucette (17), who has been dealing with some

injuries, but had a great competition earning gold on vault and floor, and silver in the all around, bars and


Doucette, along with Brooklyn Ashby, Charli Calvert and Julia Kalin, will be representing NVGS in

Level 7 at BC Championships in April.

“Another successful competition for our athletes,” said NVGS coach Naomi Rokus. “The fact that we are competitive with some of the bigger clubs is very special- considering the gym we have and the hours our athletes train. The younger athletes are doing a great job and they are so exciting to coach.

“The amount they are learning in such a short time is awesome. The older athletes are alway so easy going and they help each relax. It’s such a positive team.”

Just Posted

Vernon’s Unity MMA fighters show heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home W’s

SilverStar to open backside of mountain Saturday

The annual ‘ribbon drop’ will occur 8.45 a.m. at Bergerstrasse Gate.

UBCO route takes Christmas break

Reduced service will apply between Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.

B&E suspect arrested after extensive foot chase in Spallumcheen

Suspect charged with break-and-enter, escape lawful custody and possession of stolen property.

City of Vernon encourages residents to reduce natural gas consumption

FortisBC also asks all customers refocus efforts to conserve natural gas, specifically on colder days when demand increases.

Vernon’s Colwell sets focus on home provincials

The provincials are the biggest stage in the game for B.C. curlers.

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Single-bridge option chosen to replace Highway 1 bridge in Sicamous

Five-lane span selected over plan with second bridge at Sicamous’ Main Street

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, expected to open at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Submissions sought for UBC Okanagan’s annual fiction competition

University’s annual short-story contest enters its 21st year

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Vernon woman celebrates 100th birthday

After coming to Canada as an infant from England, Mary marks centennial

All Saints Church shares lessons and carols with Vernon

Come hear ‘That Glorious Song of Old’ Sunday, Dec. 16

Most Read