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Glacier gymnasts capture medals, titles at 2022 BC Championships

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April 13th, 2022

The Glacier Gymnastics team turned some heads at the 2022 BC Championships, in Surrey recently, taking home the first place level 7 team trophy and the second place level 6 team trophy.

The 13 gymnasts from Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Club also brought home 29 medals, including seven All Around titles and 24 top-eight placement ribbons.

The Canadian Competitive Level 7 team competed against 33 other gymnastics clubs across BC to capture the 1st Place Team Award. The BC Championships is only the second in-person competition that the team has attended since March 2020.

“We haven’t seen any lower mainland club’s for over two years,” said Head Coach, Sandra Long. “So this result was a pleasant surprise for the coaching team.”

Leading the Level 7 Team to victory was Asia Szczepanski, claiming the 2006-2007 age group all-around gold title. She also won gold on floor, silver on bars and beam. She was followed by teammate Anouk Prud’homme who captured the silver all-around, silver on floor and bronze on bars.

Also, In the same age group Macy Loutit took the gold medal on bars and fourth all-around.

In the 2008-2009 age group, first time BC Championships participant Anni van Hellemond captured all-around gold and one more gold medal on floor and a silver on vault.

Eden Bellman dazzled the judges on floor to win the gold medal and she was fourth all-around.

The Canadian Competitive Level 6 team, who competed against 36 other teams, missed out on the first place trophy by 0.025.

“This was the first BC Championships for all 7-members of this team,” said Long.

“It was wonderful to see how prepared and confident everyone was, especially in an environment that can appear intimidating.”

Jersey Skolka won the all-around gold in the 2009 age group and also took gold on bars, silver on floor and bronze on beam. Teammate Emerson Mandseth claimed the bronze all-around medal and also the bronze on vault.

New to competitive gymnastics this year, Malaya Tasse Yarmark won the bronze all-round in the 2007-2008 age group, and brought home 3 more gold medals for vault, beam and floor. Teammate Molly Anderson won gold on floor, silver on bars and fourth all-around

Anika Denkovski, coming off of an injury, competed in two events in the 2009-2010 age group, taking the bronze medal on bars.

In the 2010 age group, Rebecka van Hellemond won her first BC Championships medal, a bronze on bars and came eighth all-around. Lumay Plautz also came eighth all-around in the 2003-2007 age group.

Competing in her last BC Championships, veteran gymnast, Brianne Stefani finished strong in the Canadian Competitive Level 8 category. With a bronze medal all-around, silver on floor and bronze on bars.

“This was a fantastic ending to a wonderful gymnastics career for Brianne,“ said Long.

“Because of school commitments she has been training between 3-6 hours a week and she was still able to compete against the best in BC, it’s a testament to the amazing gymnast that Brianne is.”

Long said the coaches and members of Glacier are very proud and overwhelmed by the success of its gymnasts this season.

“There is a lot of unseen hard-work and dedication behind these results. It was wonderful to watch the team overcome so many challenges, which were compounded by the difficult times of the past two years. Their confidence, happiness and overall positive outlook is an inspiration.”

The Glacier Team will now focus on preparing for the Kootenay Zone Championships, which the club is hosting April 22-24.

Glacier Results:

Canadian Competitive Level 6

2010: Rebecka van Hellemon – Bronze on Bars, 8th on Beam, 8th All around

2009-2010: Anika Denkovski  – Bronze on Bars

2009: Jersey Skolka – Gold All Around and on Bars, Silver on Floor, Bronze Beam, 6th on Vault

Emerson Mandseth – Bronze All Around and on Vault, 5th on Bars and Floor, 7th on Beam

2007-2008: Malaya Tasse Yarmark – Gold on Vault, Floor and Beam, Bronze All Around

Molly Anderson – Gold on Floor, Silver on Bars, 4th All Around, 7th on Vault, 8th on Beam

2003-2007: Lumay Plautz – 6th on Floor and Vault, 8th All Around and on Bars

Canadian Competitive Level 7

2008-2009:

Anni van Hellemond – Gold All Around and on Floor, Silver on Vault, 5th on Bars and Beam

2006-2007: Asia Szczepanski – Gold All Around and Floor, Silver on Bars and Beam, 10th of Vault

Anouk Prud’homme – Silver All Around and Floor, Bronze on Bars, 4th on Vault, 5th on Beam

Macy Loutit – Gold on Bars, 4th All Around and Floor, 7th on Vault

2005-2006: Eden Bellman – Gold on Floor, 4th All Around, Bars and Beam

Canadian Competitive Level 8

2004-2006:

Brianne Stefani – Silver on Floor, Bronze All Around and Bars, 4th on Beam, 10th on Vault

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