Sault YMCA Gymnasts Reap Medals in the North

Sault YMCA Team

The Sault YMCA girl’s gymnastic team was competing at the Raise the Bar Competition hosted by Sudbury Laurels Gymzone Gymnastic Club, Sudbury ON. Pembroke, Marathon, Sudbury, Parry Sound, Timmins & North Bay were among the other clubs registered to compete this past weekend.

Sault YMCA Team“In such an individual sport, we try to focus on sportsmanship & camaraderie while putting forth their best form & skills. We are at the end of our competitive season. The girls are refining their skills & acquiring more difficult elements. This has been a terrific season thus far. There’s something special about watching an athlete develop from the sport psychology side & how each athlete grows to conquer fears of training new skills. The girls are friends & support each other in the gym. The Sault YMCA is like a second home to most team members as these gymnasts spend upwards of 6-12 hours a week together training.” (Head Coach Danielle Lukenda) “We’ve been fortunate that the entire team has avoided major injuries” Lukenda chuckles as she reflects on her cast/crutches & current Achilles tendon rupture – “better me than the gymnasts!”

The competitive team returns to training for the upcoming competitive season. If you are interested in your daughter trying out for the girl’s gymnastic team please contact [email protected]


Special event awards were handed out through out the day. Recipients included Kayleigh Tucker, Katelyn Tull & Riley Slater.

In level 5

  • Megan McMillan (age 12) 4th vault, 3rd bars & 5th AA

In level 4

  • Keira Lamming (age 9) 3rd vault, 5th bars, 3rd beam, 1st floor, 3rd AA
  • Kyler Grisdale (age 10) 3rd vault, 4th bars, 2nd beam, 3rd floor, 3rd AA
  • Ellen Culp (age 11) 5th vault, 4th bars, 2nd beam, 2nd floor, 2nd AA
  • Emily Fleming (age 11) 4th vault, 3rd bars, 3rd beam, 3rd floor, 4th AA
  • Willow Morton (age 13) 4th vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 2ndAA

Level 3

  • Brooklyn Thomlinson (age 9) 2nd vault, 3rd bars, 2nd beam, 1st floor, 1st AA
  • Kayleigh Tucker (age 9) 2nd vault, 5th bars, 1st beam, 5th floor, 3rd AA
  • Kierstin Tait (age 11) 3rd vault, 2nd bars, 4th beam, 2nd floor, 4th AA
  • Level 2
  • Katelyn Tull (age9) 1st vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 1st AA
  • Riley Slater (age 9) 2nd vault, 4th bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 2nd AA
  • Rachel Wellwood (age 9) 3rd vault, 4th bars, 5th beam, 5th floor, 4th AA
  • Shannon Lee (age 10) 5th vault, 3rd bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 2nd AA
  • Katie Bedley (age 10) 2nd vault, 2nd bars, 6th beam, 6th floor, 6th AA
  • Kiana Pelletier-Sullivan (age 11) 3rd vault, 2nd bars, 1st beam, 2nd floor, 1st AA
  • Rebecca Wellwood (age11) 3rd vault, 1st bars, 4th beam, 2nd floor, 3rd AA

8 & Under

  • Madison Tucker (age 7) M vault, M bars, Silver beam, M floor, 4th AA
  • Talia Hopkin (age 8) M vault, Bronze bars, Bronze beam, Gold floor, Bronze AA
  • Brianna Zielke (age 8) Silver vault, M bars, Bronze beam, M floor, M AA