Langford’s Emily Schmidt

West Shore gymnasts excel at provincials

Assorted medals won by athletes from Falcon and Lion’s Pride clubs

Spread between Falcon Gymnastics and the Lion’s Pride club, West Shore athletes were among the leaders in a variety of competitive categories and age groups at the B.C. artistic gymnastics championships in Langley last weekend.

Competing in the Junior Olympic 8 category (1999-2001 birth year) for the Falcon club, Emily Schmidt captured a gold medal with an outstanding performance on balance beam. The winning effort, paired with a fourth-place mark in floor exercise and top 10 marks on vault and uneven bars, helped her place third all-around.

Younger sister Georgina Schmidt, who competed on a wild card berth into provincials, showed grit and posted solid marks in the JO6 (2004) division, including a 15th-place effort on the bars. She wound up 24th overall among 39 athletes.

Langford-based Lion’s Pride Gymnastics athletes were led by Hannah Iles, who grabbed gold on vault in JO7 (2004-2007) and sixth-place marks on floor and bars en route to a fifth-place all-around finish.

Teammates Paris Leigh and Reese Wheldon finished sixth and seventh all-around, respectively, in JO8 (1999-2001).  Wheldon collected silver medals in both bars and floor, while Leigh grabbed bronze on the bars. Madeline Sim was 15th all-around in JO7 (2002) and Brooklyn Massie 20th in JO7 (2004-07).

Among the other Falcon athletes, Kiana Pheiffer was crowned provincial champion in JO7 (1998-2000) helped by a silver on floor and bronze on beam.

Other Falcon top 10 all-around results included Jordan Reilly, third in JO6 (2002); Karley Telford (fourth all-around; silver, bars), Ava Stewart (eight all-around; silver, floor exercise) and Georgina Love (ninth all-around) in JO6 (2004); Abby Stamper, eighth in JO7 (2001); Sara Keating ninth in JO8 (1999-2001), and Mia Butcher and Leonie Solomons, ninth and 10th, respectively, in JO7 (2002).

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