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Glacier gymnasts qualify for 2023 BC Winter Games

and Anouk Prud’homme have qualified for the BC Winter Games March 23-26 in Vernon. — Submitted photo

Five Nelson gymnasts, earned highly sought after placements on the Kootenay Zone Gymnastics Team to compete at the 2023 BC Winter Games in Vernon March 23-26.

Molly Anderson, 15 and Jersey Skolka, 13, won two of three spots in the Level 7 category.

Anouk Prud’homme, 15, Macy Loutit, 15, and Anni van Hellemond, 13, earned all three spots in the Level 8 category.

The BC Winter Games qualifying competition took place January 14 in Cranbrook.

“This trial event is a very intense competition experience,” said Glacier Gymnastics Head Coach, Sandra Long.

“There are only six (6) team placements and many gymnasts in our Zone want a BC Games experience.”

Molly Anderson performed solid routines on all events, earning her the All Around Gold in the Level 7 category. Jersey Skolka, performed personal best routines that put her into the All Around Silver placement and a Level 7 team spot.

Veteran competitor Anouk Prud’homme won the All Around Gold in the Level 8 category. Macy Loutit was right behind her with All Around Silver and Anni Van Hellemond, the youngest competitor in the Level 8 category, took the All Around Bronze.

Long said the girls won their spots because they have a hardworking training ethic.

“All these gymnasts moved up a competitive level for this season. Which meant they had to learn many new advanced skills and incorporate them into confident routines,” said Long.

Long added that a BC Games year is especially challenging because routines need to be ready three months earlier than in a normal season .

“This team of gymnasts laid down extreme effort and focus in every practice in order to make the Zone team," Long said.

"Since the Trials, the five gymnasts have continued to work hard on physical and mental training in preparation for the BC Winter Games."

Long said that the Nelson team has the potential to bring home at least one or more event medals from the Games.