VIDEO: First major gymnastics meet of the season, is for some, a quest for a B.C. Games berth

Event hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) drew 300 athletes from around B.C.

It was the first major gymnastics competition of the new season.

Young gymnasts from around B.C., some aiming for a berth in B.C. Winter Games, competed at the Langley Invitational, hosted over the Dec. 7th weekend by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse.

Held every second year, in conjunction with the BC Winter Games year, the event drew about 300 competitors, with ages ranging from five to 17.

For many of those 10 or older, a good showing in the trials for men’s artistic gymnastics (MAG) and women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) in three Lower Mainland zones could mean a trip to the games, Langley Gymnastics Foundation coach Nikki Jarvis explained.

“It’s a tough competition,” Jarvis, a Games veteran, commented.

It will be probably another week before the top finishers will know if they have qualified for the games, because the scores have to be submitted to Gymnastics B.C. before an invitation to the eligible athletes is issued.

Not all gymnasts who are invited attend, Jarvis noted.

When her athletes ask her what it was like to compete in the B.C.,. games, Jarvis tells them it is a different experience from gymnastics-only events, with multiple sports represented.

It’s just really fun,” she said. “You get to sleep on the floor of the school.

READ ALSO: Competitors go for gold at gymnastics meet

READ ALSO: Langley gymnasts bring home gold and silver from Tacoma

B.C. Games will see up to 1,200 athletes, 300 coaches, and 200 officials compete in Fort St. John from February 20th – 23rd.

LGF is a non-profit organization that has been teaching gymnastics programs to all ages, from tot to adult, since 1993.

From February 14-16, (Friday to Saturday) LGF will host the annual Christy Fraser Memorial Invitational (CFMI) at the LEC.

Over 700 athletes from across the province are expected to attend.

READ MORE: She would have gone to the gym every day if she could have’

Named after Fraser, who passed away in August of 1992, at just 12 years of age, after contracting E. Coli, the event started in 1993 at the prompting of one of Christy’s coaches with the LGF.

Every year, Christy’s mom, Lory Fraser gives awards to the competitors who embody the same mannerisms and attitude of Christy — most supportive, determined and displaying a positive attitude — which will be engraved on the base of the trophies.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times) Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Watching a teammate at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Hundreds of young gymnastics from around B.C. began their competitive season at the Langley Invitational on the Dec. 7 weekend, hosted by Langley Gymnastics Foundation (LGF) at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) fieldhouse. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

Not over yet: Mixture of snow, freezing rain on way as winter storm tapers in Lower Mainland

Environment Canada releases weather alert for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

WEATHER: Another wintry storm to hit Langley

Some Friday morning University classes are cancelled due to weather conditions

Aldergrove soccer player makes history as first in CPL sold to another league

Midfielder Joel Waterman was transferred from Calgary’s Cavalry FC to a U.S. Major League soccer team

Aldergrove pool shut down amid ‘extremely cold weather’

It was a circumstance foretold by Aldergrove pool society advocates in 2015

VIDEO: Contest winner pays it forward in Langley

Jan Janzen will share her $200 prize with the food bank, homeless shelter, and grandkids

Crown won’t appeal sentence in child sex assault case of former Burns Lake mayor

B.C. Prosecution Service said sentence doesn’t meet standard for appeal

VIDEO: Semi driver records 22 crashes in one icy trip from Chilliwack to Abbotsford

‘Treacherous’ morning had emergency crews struggling to reach stranded drivers

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

B.C. pair ordered to pay $55,000 for oil tank discovered four years after selling home

Judge says defendants breached contract, despite being unaware of tank until basement flooded

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died in Iran plane crash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made it clear that Canada still expects Iran to compensate victims

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Oil and gas industry applauds top court’s dismissal of B.C.’s Trans Mountain case

The high court’s ruling Thursday removes one of the remaining obstacles for the project

Sub-zero B.C. weather freezes clothing in just 45 minutes

A local photographer decided to have some fun with the frosty weather before its gone

Most Read