The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association athletes await their scores during competition in Smithers. (Submitted photo)

Prince Rupert gymnasts roll at Smithers gymnastics competition

Rupert athletes a mainstay on the podium, all qualify for provincials

It was a big weekend for the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association as they travelled to Smithers to take part in their first competition of the new year.

Decked out in their new uniforms, the team was ready to compete as they joined squads from Terrace, Kitimat, Burns Lake and the hosts, Smithers Saltos Club.

Athletes took part in competition from levels one to eight of the Junior Olympic (JO) program. At the JO 2 level, it was Koiia Hausner who swept to gold in all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor – for one of the top marks. Harper Dopko and Hannah Jackson also achieved scores of gold overall.

Ava Clarance, Cambrie Bosco and Emma Touchet from PRGA wait to hear their final tallies. Clarance finished second in the JO 7 category, while Touchet (2nd) and Bosco (4th) earned strong scores in JO 6a. (Submitted photo)

Up in JO 3a it was the Jaskiewicz sisters setting the bar, as Ezrie and Sofie finished first and second overall. Ezrie led the way on vault (9.7), floor (9.425) and beam (9), while Sofie had the top score on bars (9.350). Peita Movold rounded out the top three.

JO 3c saw Rupert’s Jenaya Cruz finish on top, thanks to a 9.550 on bars and a 9.275 on beam. Abby Touchet used a strong performance on the vault (9.575) to earn a third place finish.

“I’m so glad that the kids are happy, the parents are happy. But it’s good to see the scores so I know where they need to improve,” PRGA head coach Erin Hipkiss said. “The goal is to up those scores even more so we come home winning at provincials.”

Kiri Orton and her PRGA teammates warm up prior to taking part in competition in Smithers. Orton would go on to finish in first place in the JO 4b category. (Submitted photo)

The wins kept coming for Prince Rupert in JO 4a as Ellie Dickens vaulted to a 9.125, as well as a top score on the bars, to come in first place. Alivia Ciccone was not far behind her teammate, scoring good marks on vault and floor to place second.

Kiri Orton wanted in on the winning ways as well, swinging to a score of 9.475 on bars to lock up the top spot in her category of JO 4b. Ava Baldinger’s 9.175 on vault was tops among the group, as she finished in third place.

READ MORE: City to lease space at Canfisco site, PRGA top of list

Reaching up into JO 6a, PRGA’s Emma Touchet narrowly missed out on the top mark to Bailey Tendall, the Smithers girl unstoppable as she posted high scores in vault, bars and beam. The top floor score went to an unlikely competitor though, as Rupert’s Cambrie Bosco wowed with a 9.383. It was an incredible mark, given that the nine-year-old had jumped up in her age bracket to compete against more seasoned athletes.

Hipkiss had every confidence that Bosco was up for the challenge. “It’s incredible considering some of her competition was six years older than her and at least a foot taller. I knew she could compete with them, she’s a tough kid,” Hipkiss said.

Kiri Orton and Ava Baldinger wait for their turn during competition in Smithers. Orton came first in the JO 4b category, while Baldinger finished in third. (Submitted photo)

Finally in JO 7, Ava Clarance – who will be representing PRGA in the B.C. Winter Games in February – was bested by a slim margin in her quest for first. Clarance’s 9.2 on the vault was the top score of the group, but she was topped in beam by Kitimat’s Maggie Baker. Clarance edged Baker on the bars, but a few extra tenths of points on floor gave Baker the decision.

READ MORE: Ava Clarance vaults into Rupert gymnastics history

“I loved seeing all of them represent the community in such a beautiful way, and represent themselves with such a strong and confident vibe,” Hipkiss said of the PRGA team.

Perhaps Hipkiss’ proudest achievement was ensuring that all 19 of her athletes who made the trip posted scores good enough to qualify them for provincials. Those competitions will take place in April.


Alex Kurial | Sports Reporter
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

gymnastics

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Month-long water quality advisory still in effect for Rupert residents

The City of Prince Rupert recommends those with weakened immune systems boil water prior to use

Jennifer Rice North Coast MLA seeks re-election

Northwest politicians announce intent on elections

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Heart of the City – Jason Scherr

Try and Try again - Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club

No COVID-19 public exposures in the North Health Region at this time

Northern Health Authority issued a statement on Sept. 17

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Most Read