Team BC Wins Big at Westerns


Congratulations to Team BC for stellar performances and outstanding sportsmanship at the 2016 Western Canadian Gymnastics Champions at the Richmond Olympic Oval on May 5-7. Here are some of athlete highlights from the weekend:

Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Aspire 1 and 2

Up and comer Scarlett Earl (Club Aviva) performed to win in the Aspire 2 category, placing 1st in bars, beam, floor and All Around. Earl has placed 1st AA in every competition this season, apart from 2 meets, where she placed 2nd.  Elizabeth Noble (TAG) picked up a silver medal in the All Around and won the vault title. BC Champion Sydney Turner (TAG) finished 3rd on bars and floor.

In Aspire 1, Myla Villanueva (Flicka) just missed the podium in the All Around, but took home gold for her solid performance on vault. Villanueva was recently crowned the Aspire 1 BC Champion. Hannah Buchman (TAG) picked up a bronze medal on vault and floor.

JO 8 (97-03)

Team BC swept the podium in JO 8 (97-03), with Maya Crutch (Flip City), Alexa Slipec (Langley), and Taya Clyne (TAG) taking home gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the All Around. Emma Lim (Key City) just missed the podium, finishing in 4th All Around.

JO 8 (04-05)

Amelia Van Andel (Langley) won silver in the All Around as well as vault, and took home the event title on bars. Kennedy Duke (Langley) placed 1st on vault but missed out on a podium rank in the All Around.

JO 9 (11-13)

Jordis Kliewer (Twisters) won bronze on floor in the event finals. In the vault final, Team BC nearly swept the podium with Mikayla Rosenow (Twisters) and Imogen Paterson (Vancouver Phoenix) picking up silver and bronze medals, respectively.  

JO 9 (14+)

Mikaylla Broadway (Duncan) edged out competitors from Alberta and Manitoba to win the gold medal in the All Around; she also won the title in the beam final. Julina Benjamin (Nanaimo) walked away with two medals in the WAG finals, winning silver on beam and bronze on floor. Alia Wilson (Prince George) won silver in the vault final and bronze on bars.

JO 10 (12-15)

Emilie Hong (Langley) tied for the silver medal in the vault final, with Paula Urdiqui (Langley) trailing close behind in 4th place.  

JO 10 (16+)

It came as no surprise to see BC Champion Taylor Chan (TAG) win the JO 10 (16+) All Around title. In the finals, Chan picked up gold on floor and silver on vault and bars.  She is bound for San Jose State University in the fall on a full gymnastics scholarship.

Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Elite 3

Ethan Ikeda (Twisters), current AA BC Champion and AA bronze medal winner from Westerns 2015, won gold in the All Around, as well as gold on pommel horse, parallel bars, and high bar. He also placed second on rings.

Noah Lee (TAG) soared to bronze All Around while also winning gold on floor and vault, and bronze on high bar.

Elite 4

Drew Kanigan (Kamloops/KGTC), 2015 and 2016 BC AA silver medalist, won gold in the Elite 4 All Around, as well as silver on rings, vault, and horizontal bar, and bronze on parallel bars. Kanigan placed just ahead of current BC AA champion, Evan Fedder (Vancouver Phoenix), who finished with a silver medal in the All Around. Fedder also took home gold on floor, pommel horse, vault, and horizontal bar, along with a bronze medal on rings.

Kai Iwaasa (Vancouver Phoenix) put in a strong performance, winning bronze on floor and horizontal bar and silver on pommel horse. Emanuel Gutierrez Sandoval (Surrey) finished 3rd on vault and 2nd on parallel bars. 

Provincial 4

Current AA BC Champion Brady Clegg (Okanagan) placed 2nd All Around; Clegg was the only athlete from Team BC to place in the Provincial 4 All Around top five.

Provincial 5

Treyson Cerrato (Surrey), reigning AA champion from the 2015 and 2016 BC Championships, picked up a silver medal in the Level 5 All Around. He also won triple gold in the finals on rings, high bar and parallel bars, while also winning silver on pommel horse and bronze on vault.

Nicolas Cruz (Wayland Richmond) placed 3rd All Around and won bronze on pommel horse and rings in the finals.

National Open

Kyle Machibroda-Ames (Twisters) soared to first place All Around, while also taking home gold on pommel horse and high bar, silver on floor and bronze on parallel bars in the event finals.  

Tyler Welch (Langley), current BC Championships AA silver medalist, picked up gold on rings and silver on high bar. 

Full event results