Provincials 2018/Trials to Nationals

Friday morning session saw Savanna Pardy. Savanna had the misfortune of a fall on her first event on floor. Not to be deterred she rallied on vault, with two well executed vaults. Savanna moved to bars, scoring 9.375 clinching the Bronze medal!!! She finished with an admirable beam 9.15 on beam and a 6th place ribbon. Judging from her smile Savanna thoroughly enjoyed her Provincial experience.

Later that afternoon the Aspires took to the floor. Cassia Aucoin kicked off the vault scoring a respectable 8.633. Bars provided her biggest challenge, but she persevered, and the routine earned a solid 8.2 for 11th place. Unfortunately, she had a fall on beam, but she scored well on floor with an 8.983 (and just missed out on a ribbon) to capped off her 2018 provincials.

Desiree McGrath proved once again that vault is her best event with 8.908 and earned a 7th place ribbon. On bars Desiree really showed a steady improvement as they started out as her most taxing event. Provincials saw a much more confident competitor and she scored an 8.275 and received a 9th place finish. Unfortunately, during beam had a fall on the mount, however she executed the rest of the routine nicely. On floor, Desiree’s last event an 8.966 was posted. The results showed Desiree should be applauded for her efforts as Provincials showed a steady growth in scores and performances.

Delaram Ghasemi used this competition as preparation for Westerns.  Vault saw her squeak in an 8th place finish before moving to the uneven bars with a very good performance she mustered up a 5th place ribbon. Beam she was rock solid and a score of 9.225 meant she wore the Bronze. On floor, Delaram really tried to draw the judges in, which worked because a 9.533 score earned her a Silver. In the end Delaram was 5th All Around. This competition proved to be a good build up to her remaining competitions for the year.

On Friday afternoon Rylee MacLean and Lily Gladu competed in the JO 7 Level. Rylee shining on floor locked herself a 6th on the apparatus.  Lily showing off her strong shapes earned her a 4th on vault. Both athletes are coming home with a good AA performances and positive attitude to work on the corrections.

The JO 8 athletes competed Saturday afternoon, both girls were ready to compete. Fallon hitting all her handstands on bars earned herself a Gold medal!! She also earned 5th All Around. Abby with her great and highly performed transfer got herself a 2nd on bars and getting 4th All Around.

Myra Emblau took to the floor early Sunday morning. She started on vault and showed two dynamic vaults. Improved performances from past competitions.  Myra powered her way through bars with a respectable 8.625. Not bad for her toughest event. Next on beam Myra counted an unfortunate fall.  Having to put the beam fall out of her mind Myra sizzled in her floor routine. The audience was engaged, and I suppose the judges felt she did alright as a 9.45 score earned her the Bronze!! A satisfying way to end the competition.

Level 8

Camryn competed with great improvements in her gymnastics. She was more in control of her gymnastics. Lots of praise for her lines and technique on each event. Camryn’s highlight was the vault. With the highest score in her category, she earned the Gold medal and to give it an extra flair, Camryn’s vault was rewarded with the ‘Most Dynamic Vault’. All Around, Camryn became 4th.

Level 9

Ashley, Avery, Anna, Ava-Lee competed in the level JO9 session. Anna competed all events flawlessly. Her gymnastics was unsure a week before the championships; but she was ready just in time for this meet. Inkster has struggled with a core injury for the last couple of weeks. With the proper care and good balanced training, Anna really showed the best of herself.  With 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor, Anna became 5th All Around. A good competition in, to the run of Westerns Championships at the end of April.

Ava Lee, Ashley and Avery competed 2 competitions this weekend. Both competitions were important for Trials to Nationals. All scores on each day were added to a final All Around score. The best 6 qualified to be part of Team Alberta that will compete at Nationals later in May. This competition is in Waterloo, ON.

All athletes impressed the judges with quality gymnastics. The most improvement of all these young athletes was the confidence in their performances. With a fierce attitude and the knowledge of how to compete improved.

Ava-Lee’s highlight was that she showed better lines in her gymnastics. Each day she was hitting each event!  A 100% hit is absolutely praise worthy!  Ava-Lee proved to everyone to be a strong competitor. Ava-Lee’s best event was floor. With her strong performance and excellent music; her was routine was very tasty for the judges.

Ashley worked really hard on strong gymnastics with cleaner lines. The improvements were noticeable, and redemption on the last competition was there for Ashley.  Her best event was floor, and with powerful gymnastics Ashley performed good gymnastics on both. She earned Bronze hardware as a reward.

Avery competed with high excellence.  Avery stood out with her gracefulness on beam, floor and strong lines on bars. Avery hit both days all the events. This brought her to a place of opportunity to be part of Team Alberta. At the last event she wobbled heavily on a full turn, but stayed on and with an excellent dismount, she jumped into a 3rd place All Around and took a 3rd on beam. This was more than enough to have a spot on the team!

Level 10

Calle Inkster created a good reputation in Alberta this year.  She was favored to be part of Team Alberta in Trials for Nationals.  Calle had a rocky start on bars, with 1 fall she still kept her standing strong with the rest of the field.  Inkster was warming up the floor and after great tumbling warm up she unfortunately took a bad landing. Inkster placed her foot incorrectly on the floor and hurt herself. With ice and tape on her sore ankle, Calle still managed to do her floor routine.  Courage and bravery from Calle, the audience gave her lots of praise. This gave motivation to still try vault. The pain was too much during the warm up and to protect the ankle further made her withdraw.  With major disappointment, Calle had to give up. After a checkup in the hospital, no bones were fractured. Norfort wishes her all the best to recover well and to see her back on the competition stage with confidence!

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