Gymnastic standards high
Four students each from Frances Kelsey and Cowichan Secondarys asserted themselves well in the provincial high school gymnastics meet at Powell River.
Kelsey’s Holly Ellison made a big impression in Level 2 girls, finishing fifth overall out of 42 competitors.
Ellison had excellent results in all the individual disciplines: third on floor, sixth on balance beam, ninth on uneven bar and 10th on vault. Ellison’s floor routine was a thing of beauty.
Ariel Gamble earned a seventh on the balance beam in Level 2.
In Level 1 Junior, Kelsey’s Jade Canning had top tens in two individual events out of 48 competitors, with a sixth on floor and ninth on balance beam.
Georgia Bowdery didn’t place in the top 10 for Level 1 Senior but improved her overall performance.
The Cowichan Secondary quartet included Maddy Gareau, Cassidy Fernandes, Patrick Charest and Patrick Cools.
Gareau finished sixth overall out of 42 competitors in Level 2.
Gareau ranked second on balance beam, eighth on uneven bar and ninth on vault.
Level 3 competition vaulted Fernandes to third overall out of 29 competitors.
Fernandes landed third on the vault, fourth on floor and balance beam, and 10th on uneven bars. Her performance was so solid she kept gaining strength and building confidence with each event.
Charest claimed eighth spot overall among the 15 Level 1 boys entered. He earned a second on floor, sixth on pommel horse and parallel bars, seventh on vault and 10th on rings.
Cools was seventh of 10 in Level 3 boys. His individual placings included first on floor, fifth on vault, sixth on horizontal bar, seventh on pommel horse and parallel bars, and eighth on rings.
“Both boys competed with sprained ankles and did remarkable considering that they were limping the entire time and had trouble placing weight on their injured foot,’’ noted coach Rhonda Dale.
More than 200 athletes competed.