Local gymnasts keep soaring

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It was a solid season at the provincial level for the girls at the Brockville Gymnastics Academy.

The club's competitive gymnasts wrapped up the provincial portion of their schedule with several medals and strong showings at last weekend's provincial championships in Windsor.

Among the results were: gold medals in floor and beam for Meara Deery in Level 8, ages 14-plus; gold for Teaghen Clarke on vault in Level 6, age-12; bronze for Paige VanDrunen on vault for Level 5, age 14-plus and silver for Haley Gilbert on vault in Level 6, age-13.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” said Gilbert. “It's not always my best event.”

Also coming home with a surprise accomplishment under her belt was Megan Fowler, who finished sixth on vault and seventh on floor and jumped 21 places in the provincial standings.

“They said, 'You're 10th and I was really surprised,” said Fowler.

The top 32 gymnasts in each event make it to the provincials, meaning the BGA gymnasts had some strong showings against the best in the province in their levels and age ranges.

“They all placed in several events, which at provincials is really impressive,” said coach Crystal Laffoley.

In assessing the season, Laffoley said what really struck her was the feedback she received from fellow coaches at the provincials.

“I had a couple other coaches approach me and tell me how well we were doing,” she said. “To me, that's the greatest compliment.”

And Laffoley said the best part is her athletes may still have another gear to go before they truly hit peak form.

“They all had personal bests at the championships, so they haven't plateaued yet,” she said.

Next up for the club's gymnasts is a pair of invitational meets to close out the season.

FACTBOX: BGA 2013 provincial championship results

Meara Deery – gold (floor), gold (beam) – Level 8, age 14-plus

Paige VanDrunen – bronze (vault), sixth (beam) – Level 5, age 14-plus

Teaghen Clarke – gold (vault), sixth (floor) – Level 6, age-12

Haley Gilbert – silver (vault), ninth (bars) – Level 6, age-13

Megan Fowler – sixth (floor), seventh (vault) – Level 6, age-12



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