Langley lands nine on Team BC

Local gymnasts chosen to represent province at Western Canadian gymnastics championships in May

There will be local representation when Team B.C. hosts the Western Canadian gymnastics championships at the Langley Events Centre in early May.

Six athletes from the Langley Gymnastics Foundation as well as three from Langley who train at club’s outside of the community, have qualified to represent Team B.C.

Victor Blaine, Kevin Naismith and Tyler Welch will compete in the men’s artistic gymnastics portion of the competition, while Kylie Macklin, Amanda Neidig and Shayla Ogloff will compete in the women’s artistic gymnastics division.

All six train with LGF.

In addition, Cathy Zhong and Angel Zhong — who both train with Coquitlam’s Omega Gymnastics Academy and Kyle Machibroda-Ames of Abbotsford’s Twisters Gymnastics Club, were also named to the team.

Altogether, 62 athletes earned spots on the squad.

The athletes will compete from May 3-5 and were named to the team following trials held at the Twisters Invitational in Abbotsford from March 22-24.

The Western Canadian championships serve to identify future high performance athletes and prepare them for competitions such as the national championships, the Western Canada Summer Games and the Canada Winter Games.