It was a great weekend, all around, for the host club at the Flip City Invitational gymnastics meet at the Langley Events Centreâ€™s Fieldhouse.
â€œFor the first competition of the Gymnastics BC 2015 season, weâ€™re very proud of our athletesâ€™ results and look forward to their continued improvement over the 2015 competitive season,â€ Flip City gymnastics president John Aldag said.
While the Jan. 16-18 competition marked its eighth year in Langley, this was the first time it was held at the Fieldhouse.
Flip City head coach Rusty Pierce noted that the Fieldhouse was â€œa great venue and met our needs completely.â€
Added Aldag, â€œAs a Langley-based club, we completely appreciate having the Fieldhouse in Langley as a venue for competitions such as the eighth annual Flip City Invitational.â€
Twenty-two clubs, with more than 500 athletes, registered for this weekend, including the largest number of out-of-town clubs that Flip City has ever hosted.
Another new element this year was the transition of the womenâ€™s artistic program to the junior Olympic program that is based on a 10-point scale.
Aldag noted that Gymnastics BC adopted this new scoring standard for the 2015.
â€œFlip City is hosting the first competition under Gymnastic BCâ€™s sanctioned events for 2015, thus making the Flip City Invitational the first competition to feature scoring using the Junior Olympic program in B.C.,â€ he added, before the invitational got underway. â€œThis has meant a huge transition for athletes, coaches, and judges. We look forward to being the first to showcase this new judging standard to the gymnastics community in B.C.â€
A few of the top Flip City results included:
JO Level 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7 â€“ 1st all around team
JO Level 1 â€“ Sammi Bartlett, 1st all around; Sierra Best, 2nd all around; and Kyah Lillies Brown, 3rd all around.
JO Level 3 10 yrs & older â€“ Thalia Simpson 1st all around
JO Level 4 â€“ Havanna Martinez, 1st all around; Madeline Fricke, 2nd all around; and Akaisha Torrance, 3rd all around
JO Level 5 â€“ Hattie Aldag, 2nd all around
JO Level 6 12-13 yrs â€“ Jacklynn Matthew, 2nd all around
JO Level 7 12 & under â€“ Melody Hung, 2nd all around. 13 & over â€“ Corris To, 2nd all around
Sandra Poelzer â€“ 1st, Level 5 National
Joey Humberstone â€“ 1st, Espoir Menâ€™s
Douglas Armstrong â€“ 1st, Senior Menâ€™s
Joey Humberstone â€“ 2nd, Junior Menâ€™s
Level 1 â€“ 1st all around, Connor Fielding and 3rd all around Owen Fielding
Level 3 â€“ 1st all around, Liam Page