L-R: Glacier Gymnastics’ Eden Bellman, Brianne Stefani and Dafni van Hellemond each won medals at the B.C. Winter Games. Photo submitted

Five medals for Nelson athletes at B.C. Games

Three gymnastics athletes and a snowboarder were on the podium in Kamloops

Three gymnasts and a snowboarder returned to Nelson with medals following the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops last week.

Glacier Gymnastics’ Dafni van Hellemond won gold in level seven women’s vault and took a silver in women’s floor. The 13 year old also finished 13th in all-around.

Her teammate Brianne Stefani, 13, also won a gold in level eight women’s floor and was 12th in all-around, while Eden Bellman, 11, earned bronze in level seven women’s beam and was 19th in all-around.

“The girls put in a lot of time preparing to execute a specific competition plan for this event,” said Glacier gymnastics head coach Sandra Long in a statement. “Focusing and following their plan enabled them to go to this highly competitive and stressful event and perform personal best routines.”

Medals weren’t just confined to the gym. Jonathan Michalchuk brought home a bronze in slopestyle snowboarding, and also finished 10th in snowboard cross.

Other results included:

• In diving, Roman Ruediger Fancy was ninth in the C group boys one-metre event.

• In alpine skiing, Lucy Leishman was 26th in the women’s two-run giant slalom, while Narayani Shapovalova followed in 42nd; Cameron Bibby-Fox was 29th in men’s two-run giant slalom; Kian Lessard placed 37th in men’s giant slalom single run.

• In cross-country skiing, Sabien Edney and Tess Nuttall were sixth and ninth, respectively in individual sprint juvenile girls 500 metre; Nuttall was sixth and Edney was eighth in the five-kilometre interval start; Felix Barron was 12th in juvenile boys five-km interval start and 13th in the 500 individual sprint; and Slocan’s Lukas Pigot was 13th in midget boys 3.5-km interval start and 14th in the 500 individual sprint.

• In speedskating, Berend Platje’s best result was eighth in the under-14 male 400-metre race two. He also finished 12th in the 400-metre race one, 12th in the 200 and 11th in the two-km points race.email

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