North Valley Gymnasts members Brookly Mackenzie (top) and Avery Goode (lower photo, from left), Makenna Sibilleau, Alexis Sibilleau, Emma Locke, Anna Skelly, Sam Munro, Mincole Sjoberg and Austin Skelly, and coach Naomi Rokus (rear) gather for pictures outside the Richmond Olympic Oval, site of the Delta Invitational Cash and Carry Cup event. (photos - submitted)

Vernon gymnasts carry home medals from Delta event

North Valley Gymnastics members left the Delta Invitational Cash and Carry Cup with some hardware

For the fourth year in a row, the Richmond Olympic Oval was the host of annual Delta Invitational and Cash and Carry Cup, and 10 athletes from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics were among the more than 800 athletes in attendance.

The event theme was Embrace the Journey to recognize the amount of hard work and dedication that takes to excel in the sport of gymnastics, which teaches that people must embrace the good and bad days, the easy and hard moments, the successes and the failures, the friendships and the rivalries, the fun and difficult experiences. It represents a journey of age, growth, skill development, and ultimately, a desire to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

The competition was highlighted by Emma Locke in Junior Olympic 5 when she won gold on vault. Locke came back after a disappointing floor routine with two handspring vaults for the gold. Locke also had a strong bar routine to place eighth.

Other medal winner were Austin and Anna Skelly. Twin silver medals on vault for the North Valley twins. Austin competes in JO3 and earned top-10 finishes on bars (fifth), beam (10th) and floor (eighth). Anna competes in JO4 and also earned fourth-place finishes on bars and floor, and sixth in the all around.

Also competing in JO3 and 4 were Nicole Sjoberg (JO3), Alexis Sibilleau (JO4), Avery Goode (JO4) and Sam Munroe (JO4). Sjoberg had her best competition placing seventh in the all-around and top-10 finishes on all four events with a personal best score of 9.4 on bars and fourth place. Sibilleau was eighth all-around, sixth on bars, ninth on beam, and a PB score on vault (8.7) to place sixth. Goode was eighth in the all-around for her age category and was fifth on vault and seventh on both bars and floor. Munroe was solid on vault to place fourth, earned a seventh on bars and ninth on floor.

Brooklyn Mackenzie was the sole gymnast from North Valley competing in JO6. Mackenzie had a strong competition placing 5th on vault, sixth on bars, ninth on beam and eighth in the all around.

Makenna Sibilleau competed in JO1 and earned gold medal status for her vault, bars and floor; silver for her beam routine and gold for the all around. JO1 athletes compete against themselves and are not ranked against other JO1 athletes.

“All in all I’m very pleased with our gymnasts’ performances,” said North Valley competitive coach Naomi Rokus. “We continue to be a team of strong vaulters. We need some work on our balance for the beam. For some of the girls, it was their last meet of the season and it’s an awesome one to finish up at. Competing at the oval is a great experience and the Delta Gymnastics Club runs a great competition.”


North Valley Gymnastics Club member Nicole Sjoberg competes on the beam under the watchful eye of coach Naomi Rokus during the Delta Invitational Cash and Carry Cup competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval. (Photo - submitted)

Just Posted

Music and comedy event benefit Vernon woman’s cancer battle

Fundraiser for Sue Folliott Sunday, May 26 at The Kal

School district puts hold on alternative education program for Enderby, Armstrong.

Questions raised about effectiveness of in-classroom supports for struggling high-school students

Young Vernon melanoma survivor speaks out about sun danger

World Melanoma Day is recognized every May to highlight the growing prevalence of malignant melanoma.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: rain, clouds, thunderstorms and flash floods

Environment Canada forecasts dreadful weather for Thursday

North Okanagan explores compost options

Organic waste from ICI amounts to about 60 per cent of all organics waste seen in the landfill

Hundreds of homeowners angered over proposed development on WFN land

Westbank First Nation are seeking to rezone Lot 348-3 from low density to high density area

Summerland Giant’s Head Run features Retro ’80s theme

Event will be held Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.

Documentary on former hockey star to air in Kelowna

The story of 5-time Stanley Cup winner Grant Fuhr comes to Kelowna June 16

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Trudeau visits Kamloops

Justin Trudeau met with the Kamloops mayor and First Nations

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Kelowna fundraiser returns to support African grandmothers

The 2019 Stride to Turn the Tide walk is June 1

Kelowna thrill-seeker returns to rally racing

Mark Jennings-Bates is back behind the wheel at Rocky Mountain Rally this weekend

Most Read