Grace Allen

Grace Allen

Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club springs to podium

The Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club had a busy March, collecting a number of podium finishes at two competitions.

The Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club had a busy March, collecting a number of podium finishes.

First, 12 gymnasts travelled to Kamloops for the Wild West Fest, Mar. 16-18 and had substantial success, including first and second-place finishes from Grace Allen in level five Tyro and Stephanie Bandstra in level five open, respectively.

Ryleigh Young placed third overall in the novice one division and Haley Allen took fifth overall in the four open category.

Alison Hudson finished sixth overall after four events in the three open class.

Chandler Young, Josephine Kern and Ali Smaha-Muir all placed seventh in their respective categories and Robin Price finished eighth overall in the three novice division.

The Saltos gymnasts then travelled to Abbotsford for the Twister competition, Mar. 24-26 which saw 14 gymnasts from Smithers take part in the three day event.

Haley Allen captured a second place overall in the four open category and sister Grace Allen finished third overall in level five Tyro competition.

With her bronze finish, Grace becomes one of four gymnasts  qualified to represent Team BC at the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships in the level five Tyro in Langley, May 3-5.

This is Allen’s second appearance at the Western Canadian finals in two years.

“I’m really proud of Grace, head coach Alana Jensen said.

“She’s been working really hard all year and improving her skills and becoming a really good consistent competitor.”

Allen said she’s excited for the new challenges, but admitted there’s still work to do to prepare for the WCGC.

“I’m really excited,” she said.

“I have to perform good routines at each of my events and keep my beams and my bars more consistent.”

Rounding off the results from Abbotsford, Nadia Wesley took first place overall in the Gymstart level five program, Tara Kerr finished third in her floor event and Meghan Newbery earned a fourth-place finish on floor and in the Gymstart level four division.

Stephanie Bandstra placed eighth on her floor event and Nadine Kerr landed in tenth overall in level two novice category.

Ashlynn Jackson placed ninth in the floor event and Josie Kern finished twelfth on the beam in the level three open category.