Sault Gymnasts Soar


19 members of the Sault YMCA girls gymnastic team travelled south to Bracebridge this past weekend to compete in the Muskoka Classic Gymnastic Competition hosted by Muskoka Limberettes. The female gymnasts range from age 7 to 13. Sault YMCA gymnasts were the most northern ON club competing against gymnasts from Muskoka, Parry Sound, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Dowling, Hamilton & Port Elgin.
Highest event score goes to Katie Bedley with 9.50 Vault.
Highest overall score was 37.075 Megan McMillan shone with 3 Gold, 1 Silver & Gold AA.

This was our first competition of the 2014-2015 seasons since the changes in Gymnastic Ontario program; which now closely reflects the Junior Olympic program from USA gymnastics. “We’ve had to restructure the skills and routines which are now standard with compulsory skills. In some cases this made the scoring process more understandable as we are on a level playing field. We focus on personal bests and sportsmanship.”

Head coach Danielle Lukenda & Jody Kilby were pleased overall with all athlete’s performances. “Our training facility at the Sault YMCA is smaller. Our instructor to athlete ratio is smaller. Our girls have less training hours compared to the athletes whom they compete against, yet they compete comparably. We are grateful for our program and the support from the Sault YMCA.” Lukenda stated.

The competitive team returns to training to compete in the upcoming competitions in Dowling & Sudbury respectively.
In level 4 our highest level gymnasts at this meet included
Keira Lamming (age 9) 4th vault, 3rd bars, 5th beam, 3rd floor, 4th AA
Emily Fleming (age 11) Overcame her nerves to place 6th vault, 5th bars, 6th floor, 6th AA Megan McMillan (age 12) 1st vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor & 1st AA
Willow Morton (age 13) After a rough start progressed to 4th vault & 3rd beam, 6th AA
Our level 3 gymnasts whom faired well include
Brooklyn Thomlinson (age 9) 4th on all events & 5th AA
Kayleigh Tucker (age 9) 1st vault, 3rd bars, 3rd beam, 2nd floor, 2nd AA
Ellen Culp (age 11) 2nd vault, 3rd bars, 1st beam, 3rd floor, 1st AA
Kyler Grisdale (age 10) 3rd vault, 2nd bars, 2nd beam, 3rd floor, 2nd AA (0.175 behind Culp)
In level 2 we had an abundance of high scores all round which included
Katelyn Tull (age9) 2nd vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 1st AA
Riley Slater (age 9) 4th vault,3rd bars, 4th beam, 4th floor, 4th AA
Rachel Wellwood (age 9) 1st vault, 4th bars, 2nd beam, 1st floor, 2nd AA
Shannon Lee (age 10) 5th bars, 2nd beam, 4th floor, 6th AA
Rebecca Wellwood (age11) 5th vault, 2nd bars, 5th AA
Keirstin Tait (age 11) 3rd vault, 1st bars, 6th beam, 6th floor, 3rd AA
Level 1 Rookies debuted strong with
Katie Bedley (age 10) 1st vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, 3rd floor, 1st AA
Kiana Pelletier-Sullivan (age 11) 2nd vault, 2nd bars, 3rd beam, 4th floor, 3rd AA
8 & Under all levels included receive certificate placings rather than scores.
Madison Tucker (age 7) Gold vault, Merit bars/beam/floor & AA
Talia Hopkin (age 8) Gold bars, Merit bars, Bronze beam & floor, Bronze AA
Brianna Zielke (age 8) Silver vault, Bronze bars/beam & AA