Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club member Madeline Sellars warms up for her routine prior to her international debut at the New Look International Cup competition in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo submitted)

Vernon rhythmic gymnasts dazzle overseas

Three members of Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club take part at international event in Georgia

One medal won, and a lifetime memory and experience captured.

Local Canadian Olympian, and head coach at Vernon’s Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, Camille Martens led a team of Canadian hopefuls to a large international competition in Tbilisi, Georgia.

More than 200 athletes from 10 countries competed at the New Look International Cup event Nov. 1-3. The team travelled early for a training camp to work alongside Olympian and world star Salome Phajava and her coach, Eliso Bedoshvili, and were also inspired by stars from Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Russia.

READ MORE: Tattoo snags rhythmic gymnasts

Noelle Brierley, 11, won the silver all-around medal for young gymnasts and was the winner of the Judges’ Choice award from more than 100 athletes.

“I was really surprised that city and buildings were so different than ours,” said Brierley. “I went to gain experience and learn more and I definitely did that. I’m still surprised that I won the silver medal from so many amazing girls.”

Ashlyn Andreotti, 14, has already represented Canada in Greece, Estonia and Portugal and was thrilled to add this experience to her list. She finished fourth overall in her age group and had personal best scores in all events.

“I loved being in a different gym and training with athletes from different places and seeing how they work,” she said. “I was surprised to get such high scores and place so well so early in the season.”

READ MORE: Rhythmic gymnasts among elite

For Madeline Sellars, 13, this was her first international event.

“The biggest impact for me was seeing gymnasts from different places and noticing how they moved and used space differently,” said Sellars. “Watching some of the best ones who were so powerful even in the tiniest movement inspired me to work on that. For my first international event, I am really happy with what I learned and with how I performed.”

The Vernon team was joined by Canadian judge Diana Zoe Coop and two senior athletes from Vancouver, Nicol Tilman and Karen Salazar.

Martens was proud of her team

“This trip gave me many reasons to be proud of these Vernon athletes,” she said. “They did an outstanding job of representing Canada with quality, class and passion. The feedback from coaches and judges was consistently so positive. We all gained knowledge and perspective and are looking forward to putting our learnings into action. It was an incredible kickstart to the season for our team.”


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club member Noelle Brierley won the silver all-around medal for young gymnasts and was the winner of the Judges’ Choice award at the New Look International Cup competition in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

Dust advisory in effect for Vernon

Keep strenuous exercise away from busy streets, intersections

Vernon reporter’s roots linked to Montreal school fire that killed 17

Vernon and District Family History Society runs open house during Heritage Week

Fire safety talk coming to Vernon

Fire Rescue Services to host one-hour presentation in Okanagan Landing, open to everyone

Vernon library to launch tech lab

$74K donation brings Vernon library closer to Inspiration Lab opening

Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre makes a splash with Girl in the Goldfish Bowl

Performance packed full of surprises, director Cara Nunn says

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Town of Osoyoos voices support for proposed casino

Osoyoos council voted to submit a letter of support for a proposed casino on OIB land

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

Nanaimo man wins lotto, plans to buy $16,000 fridge

Curtis Wright a winner in Lotto 6/49 draw

Three protesters arrested after blocking driveway at premier’s home

Protestors claimed they would make a citizen’s arrest of the Premier, according to West Shore RCMP

Community mourns Revelstoke snowmobiler death

Alexandre Labonté was an avid sledder and mountain biker

Most Read