Morning Star Staff
North Valley Gymnastics Club athletes medaled last weekend at the Christy Fraser Memorial Invitational hosted by Langley Gymnastics.
More than 20 clubs were represented at the competition with Brooklyn Ashby ruling the JO (Junior Olympics) 7 level by posting the highest combined scores from all 4 events – winning the all-around gold.
Ashby also placed third on both the vault and the floor exercise, fourth on the uneven bars and seventh on the balance beam.
“Brooklyn has worked very hard for this kind of finish,” said competitive coach Naomi Rokus. “Gymnastics takes so much patience and repetition and it finally paid off for her.”
In the senior JO 7 level, Autumn Doucette was fourth in the all around, and second on the floor exercise.
Veronika Yacovelli, competing in JO 4, had a great showing. She achieved her highest scores ever on balance beam (9.350), and floor exercise (9.300), placing her fourth and fifth respectively.
“Veronika’s confidence is really building,” said Rokus. “She’s becoming such a smart gymnast, and really wants to perfect each move/skill she performs.”
Also competing in JO 4 was Carys Reed, who garnered sixth on the uneven bars.
In JO 6, Emma Doucette earned a bronze for her uneven bar routine. Raedon Skanes was ninth on the uneven bars, while Charlie Calvert placed ninth on the balance beam and Tyra Green placed 11th on the balance beam.
“All in all, a great competition for our athletes,” added Rokus. “It’s pretty cool to see our girls compete in a huge arena and not be intimidated. They’ve come a long way in a very short time.”
Next competition for the gymnasts is the Abbotsford Twisters Invitational, March 11-13.