Quesnel played host to regional gymnasts seeking to go to provincials at the Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club’s Gold Pan Invitational and provincials qualifier, Feb. 7 – 8.
More than 100 gymnasts came from around the region, including Prince George, Fort St. John, Williams Lake and of course, Quesnel.
The QTGC fielded an array of athletes, from neophytes who were competing for the first time to seasoned professionals.
The coaches were impressed by the performances of both those that had been there before and the new gymnasts, with many of the veterans qualifying for provincials.
From the club, Madison Moore, Jessica Higgins, Emily Gorder, Alyssa Schneider, Presley Kitamura, Haley Lattman, Taya Mueller and Isaac Woollends all qualified and will be attending the B.C. Provincial Championships in Kamloops in March.
The local gymnasts also did quite well in each of their categories.
The young ones impressed the home town crowd with glittering performances.
In Gymstart Level 2, Courtney Kitamura received gold in skills and gold in physical abilities. Ava Aracki received silver on skills and silver in physical abilities. Amelia Cassidy received silver in skills and bronze on physical abilities.
In Gymstart Level 1, Brianne Taylor, Bree-Anna McCarthy, Emily Mooreside and Amber Dewald received gold in skills and silver in Physical Abilities. Alexis Hunter received silver in skills and bronze in Physical Abilities.
The provincial level athletes dominated in many of their categories.
For the provincial level 3 tyro athletes, Jessica Higgins, Emily Gorder, and Alyssa Schneider were first, second, and third all-around, respectively.
Madison Moore was second all-around in Provincial Level 3 Novice.
Provincial Level 2 Argo: gymnast Presley Kitamura was second all-around in her category.
Haley Lattman was fourth all-around in Provincial Level 2 Tyro.
Provincial Level 2 Novice: Taya Mueller was third All-Around.
In Provincial Level 1 Argo, Amelia Cassidy, Emily Mooreside, and Bree-Anna McCarthy were fourth, fifth and sixth all-around, respectively.
Provincial Level 1 Tyro B athlete Sydney Williams took seventh all-around in her category.
In Provincial Level 1 Tyro A, Danielle Gamache was sixth All-Around.
Provincial Level 1 Novice gymnast Sierra Moore was fifth all-around in her category.
Local high school students competed in the meet as well.
High School Level 4 gymnast Jadyn Makeiff took fourth all-around in her category.
In High School Level 3, two Quesnel girls sat atop, with Alexis Wright taking first all-around and Taylor Dotto taking third All-Around.
Taylor O’Flynn was fourth all-around in High School Level 2.
In the Men’s Competition, Provincial Level 2, Isaac Woollends was first All-Around.