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Ashlin gymnasts pick up medals at Xcel Provincials

During Xcel Provincial Championships held in Lethbridge, Ashlin athletes took home a total of 16 first place medals, seven silver medals, and nine bronze medals. Another four special awards were also received by Bonnyville gymnasts.

BONNYVILLE – Taking to the beams, bars and floor, athletes from Bonnyville’s Ashlin Gymnastics Club found themselves on podiums at the Xcel Provincial Championships held in Lethbridge from April 21-23. 

“Our Competitive Team had an extremely successful weekend,” said head coach Danielle Clark.  

The club had 13 athletes competing at events throughout the year, including Xcel Provincials which brings together gymnasts from northern and southern Alberta. 

Next year, that number is expected to rise to about 30 Ashlin athletes entering competitions, said Clark, who is beginning her second year with the club. 

“Ashlin gymnasts compete individually, but at championships judges also take the top three scores from each level and then they present team awards to the clubs,” explained Clark. There are five levels that gymnasts can compete in: bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond. 

The Bonnyville club had two athletes compete in the gold category and eight athletes compete in the silver level. 

The club’s athletes competing in the silver level won the “All Around” first place team for the second year in a row. 

Ashlin athletes competing in the silver level and winners of the first place Silver Team Award include Priya Richard, Taya Whaley, Harper Baillargeon, Kaydence Ladd, Devyn Friesen, Skyler Coates, Kona Ryan and Jenna Rondeau. 

Competing in the Gold Level was Hailey L'Heureux and Ryann Friesen. 

During provincials, Ashlin athletes took home a total of 16 gold medals, seven silver medals, and nine bronze medals. Another four special awards were also received by Bonnyville gymnasts.  

“They each compete in a level and then in an age category. It takes about two to three hours for them to compete on vaults, bars, the beam and floor, then for the rest of the weekend they don't have to compete again, but they stay and cheer on the rest of our team,” explained Clark. 

Ashlin’s Competitive Team is made up of athletes between the ages of seven to 15 years old.  

Each year, based on an athlete’s previous skill level and their current skill level, their coach decides at the start of the year what level the athlete will be assigned to.  

“I am really proud of this group,” said the head coach. 

Xcel provincial results

All Around

First Place: Taya Whaley, Harper Baillargeon, Devyn Friesen, Kona Ryan

Second Place: Hailey L'Heureux 

Third Place: Skyler Coates

Vault

First Place: Harper Baillargeon 

Second Place: Kona Ryan 

Third Place: Devyn Friesen, Hailey L'Heureux 

Uneven Bars

Second Place: Taya Whaley, Kona Ryan, Hailey L'Heureux  

Third Place: Harper Baillargeon , Devyn Friesen  

Beam

First Place: Taya Whaley , Devyn Friesen, Harper Baillargeon , Kona Ryan, Hailey L'Heureux, Ryann Friesen 

Third Place: Kaydence Ladd, Skyler Coates 

Floor

First Place: Harper Baillargeon , Devyn Friesen 

Second Place: Skyler Coates, Kona Ryan  

Third Place: Taya Whaley, Kaydence Ladd  

Special Awards

Most Dynamic Vault: Priya Richard (youngest competitor in the Silver Level) and Harper Baillargeon 

Most Dynamic Uneven Bars: Harper Baillargeon 

Best Beam Artistry: Harper Baillargeon  

Best Floor Artistry: Harper Baillargeon 




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