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Glacier gymnasts shine south of the border

By Contributor
February 26th, 2016

More than 40 medals and a couple of team titles . . . not bad for a north of the border gymnastics club.

Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Team were on fire capturing 49 medals and two team championships this past weekend at one of the top USA competitions in the Pacific Northwest.

Glacier’s 26 gymnasts competed at the Great West Gym Fest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which attracted 43 clubs from across the United States and Canada bringing the total number of competitors to 1400.

“This competition was a motivating experience for our gymnasts,” said Sandra Long, Glacier Gymnastics Head Coach.

“The caliber of gymnastics in the United States is first class and our gymnasts fit right in with this high standard.”

The gymnasts competing in the EXCEL category brought home the first place team award for their collective highest overall score and Glacier’s Junior Olympic Team, competed against 17 teams and won the sixth place team award.

Long said this competition shows that Competitive Gymnastics in Nelson is on the right track. 

“With the continued hard work and dedication from our gymnasts, parents and coaches our young gymnasts will continue to achieve excellence.”

Great West Gym Fest Individual Results:

In the Junior Olympic Level 6 Category

  • 2002 age group: Lily Taylor- Silver on Beam and Bars, Bronze All Around
  • 2005 age group: Abby Majeski – Gold on Floor, Silver on Bars and Beam

In the Junior Olympic Level 7 Category

  • 2004 age group: Brianne Stefani – Bronze on Beam and Floor
  • 2001 age group: Olivia Kelly – Silver on Beam

In the EXCEL Silver Category

  • 2006 age group: Ally Nicholson – Silver on Vault

In the EXCEL Gold Category

  • 2006 age group: Eden Bellman – Gold on Bars, Beam, Floor and All Around
  • Shelbi van Hellemond – Silver on Vault and Floor, Bronze All Around
  • Olivia Bezaire – Gold on Vault, Bronze on Floor
  • 2005 age group: Aurora Dool – Gold on Bars, Beam and All Around
  • Lily Linnen – Gold on Floor, Silver on Bars, Bronze All Around
  • 2004A age group: Kate May – Gold on Bars, Bronze on Beam
  • Raven Sperling – Bronze on Vault
  • 2004B age group: Tehya Colbeck – Gold on Floor, Silver on Bars
  • 2003A age group: Suki Simmington – Gold on Floor, Silver All Around, Bronze on Beam
  • Ashlynn D’Alessandris – Silver on Bars and Floor, Bronze All Around
  • 2002A/03B age group: Mercedes Majeski – Gold on Vault and Floor
  • Brynn McTague – Silver on Bars
  • Elisa Clark – Bronze on Bars
  • 2002B age group: Amanda Schacher – Bronze on Vault

In the EXCEL Platinum Category

  • 1999 age group: Ella Keelan – Gold on Bars, Floor and All Around, Bronze on Vault
  • Kylee Dyck – Gold on Beam, Silver on Floor and All Around

For more information contact Sandra Long at (250)352-2227 or

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