Gymnasts excel in Yokohama sports festival

Two Langley Gymnastics Foundation members spent the week in Japan at the Yokohama Sports Festival.

This year is the first time Japan has invited athletes from beyond its borders to compete.

Individually, Julian Geisler was B.C.’s top athlete, finishing the men’s all-around in sixth, and Cameron Stanley was ninth. The four-man Team BC which Stanley and Geisler are on also won the silver medal.

At the same time as the March 12-17 competition in Japan, LGF members were off in Kamloops at the 2014 Artistic Gymnastics BC Championships March 14-16.

Langley was among the 43 clubs and more than 640 athletes who competed.

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

• Elite 3 

Ryder Croome

Trevor Ma

Maddy Woznica

• Elite 4 

Ben Strybos

• Level 5 

Victor Blaine

Brandon MacDonald

• National open

Tyler Welch

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

• National novice

Lauren Van Harmelen​

Haley Biggin

• Provincial 5 tyro

Sophia Walters

The following athletes were in top three per event or all around (at the BC Provincial Championship).

•  Level 2 argo

Amelia Van Andel – 2nd all around, 3rd on vault, champion on bars

Kennedy Duke – 2nd all around, 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars

• Level 2 tyro

Mikayla Lange – 3rd all around, champion on balance beam

• Level 2 novice

Kiera Logan – champion on bars

• Level 3 argo

Brooke Biggin – 2nd all around, champion on vault

Teegan Maschke- 2nd on vault

• Level 3 tyro

Emma Schmor – 2nd all around, 2nd on floor, champion on vault and bars

Jocelyn Dendaas – 3rd on bars

Alexa Slipec – 3rd on bars

Sarah Butt – champion on vault

Makena O’Dwyer – 2nd on vault 

• Level 4 tyro

Kyra Sager-Hoffard – champion on vault

• Level 4 novice

Sage Bishop-Beaurone – champion all around, champion on bars, 2nd on vault

• Level 4 open

Allyson Olsen – champion on vault

Jaydn Shen – 2nd on floor

• Level 5 tyro

Sophia Walters – 2nd all around, champion on bar, 3rd on vault

Emily Hong – 3rd on floor

• National novice

Haley Biggin – 3rd on balance beam.

LGF technical director Dumitru Avarvarei and head coaches Kris Krunick and Toma Flaviu are proud of the success of the local athletes at the tournament.

The Langley Gymnastics Foundation is based at the Langley Events Centre’s gymnasiums.

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