69 B.C. gymnasts qualify for Western Canadian Championships

Aldergrove's Ben Strybos is a member of Team BC at this year's gymnastics nationals.
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Aldergrove's Ben Strybos and Brandon MacDonald are among 69 artistic gymnasts from throughout B.C. who have qualified to compete at the 2014 Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

The championships take place April 24-26 in Saskatoon. The gymnasts were selected to Team BC following trials held in Kamloops in March.

The Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships are hosted annually by the western provinces and territories. For many of the athletes competing at these championships, this is their first chance to compete as a member of Team BC.

These championships help identify future High Performance athletes and prepare them for competitions such as Canadian Championships, Western Canada Summer Games and Canada Winter Games. For other athletes, their participation in these championships may be the pinnacle of their careers.

Team BC is comprised of athletes from the following clubs (athlete’s discipline — MAG = Men’s Artistic Gymnastics; WAG = Women’s Artistic Gymnastic — and hometown are in brackets):

Langley Gymnastics Foundation: Ben Strybos (MAG, Aldergrove); Brandon MacDonald (MAG, Aldergrove); Luke Van Harmelen (MAG, Langley); Maddy Woznica (MAG, Langley); Ryder Croome (MAG, Langley); Trevor Ma (MAG, Langley); Tyler Welch (MAG, Langley); Victor Blaine (MAG, Langley); Haley Biggin (WAG, Surrey); Lauren Van Harmelen (WAG, Langley); Sophia Walters (WAG, Milner); Stephanie Bedry (WAG, Maple Ridge).

Twisters Gymnastics (Abbotsford); Brendan Ansell (MAG, Abbotsford); Curtis Olivier (MAG, Abbotsford); Elijah Horner (MAG, Abbotsford); Jeremy Filiatrault (MAG, Abbotsford); Jeremy Gaspar (MAG, Chilliwack); Kyle Machibroda-Ames (MAG, Langley); Michael Frew (MAG, Abbotsford); Trent Johnson (MAG, Castlegar); Ashlynn Skulstad (WAG, Mission); Tamara Skulstad (WAG, Mission).

Based in Vancouver, Gymnastics BC is the provincial governing body for the sport of gymnastics in British Columbia. Its mission is to provide, promote and guide a positive lifelong gymnastics experience. For more information about Gymnastics BC and its programs, please visit Gymnastics BC online at

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