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Selkirk Challengers gymnasts excel at BC championships

Selkirk Challengers gymnastics club athletes, Lily Garthe (left) and Adriana Wilson (right), along with head coach, Rhonda Saunders (middle), attended the BC Provincial Championships in Port Coquitlam, April 13-15.

It was a very successful weekend for two veteran gymnasts from Castlegar’s Selkirk Challengers Gymnastics Club at the 2019 BC Provincial Championships (non-compulsory Junior Olympic levels) April 13-15 in Port Coquitlam. This was also a special year for Gymnastics BC, as it was the 50 anniversary of their first provincial championship.

“We are very proud of all the athletes that participated in BC Provincial Championships, both in the Provincial Compulsory JO level championship last week, and in this event,” said head coach Rhonda Saunders. “These athletes have worked very hard this year in order to achieve this success.”

Representing the club in Junior Olympic Level 6 in the 15- to 18-year-old age group, Adriana Wilson took home the All-Around Silver medal, and also won Silver on vault. She placed 4 on Floor, 5 on Beam and 6 on Uneven Bars.

Lily Garthe competed in Junior Olympic Level 7, in the 15- to 20-year-old category. This is Lily’s last year with the club as she is graduating and heading to UBC next year. Lily placed top 10 in two events, with a 7 on Beam and 8 on Uneven Bars. She placed 11 overall.

This follows an event the previous weekend where nine athletes from Selkirk Challengers Gymnastics Club all participated in their first provincial level competition, at the inaugural Compulsory Championships in Langley. There were a number of top eight results at this event too. In the JO 3 level (9 to 12 years old), Brynn Strelaeff placed 6 on vault; in JO 4 (13-15 years old), Jenna Postnikoff placed 6 on floor and 7 on beam; and in the JO 5 level (11-14 years old), Emma McLachlan placed 7 on Beam. 

Selkirk Challengers gymnasts will also be competing at several events in the coming weeks, attending meets in Creston, Nelson, Kimberley and Kelowna.