Team trials at SGS

Taylor Oakley of the Surrey Gymnastics Society performs on the balance beam during Zone Three (Fraser Valley) qualifying for the B.C. Winter Games. Oakley was fourth all around, and is a team alternate.  - ROB NEWELL / THE LEADER
Taylor Oakley of the Surrey Gymnastics Society performs on the balance beam during Zone Three (Fraser Valley) qualifying for the B.C. Winter Games. Oakley was fourth all around, and is a team alternate.
— image credit: ROB NEWELL / THE LEADER

Competing in their home gym proved to be an advantage for three members of the Surrey Gymnastics Society.

At a two-day trial competition hosted by SGS at their gym in Newton, the trio qualified for the four-member Fraser Valley (Zone Three) boys team which will compete at the B.C. Winter Games Feb. 21-24 in Cranbrook.

Eleven boys from four clubs took part in the qualifying meet, and Gordie Kordas led a sweep of the top three positions by SGS competitors. Kordas, a 12-year-old from White Rock, easily placed first all around with the top score on all six individual events.

Malcolm Herbert, 11, placed second all around with the second-best scores on floor, rings and parallel bars. He also placed third on vault.

Qualifying for the Fraser Valley team with a third place finish in the all around standings was 13-year-old Jordan Eldridge of Surrey. The Grade 8 student at the Langley Fine Arts School was second on pommel horse and third on floor, rings and high bar.

Aaron Chan of Langley’s Flip City Gymnastics Club will join the SGS trio in Cranbrook, where the Fraser Valley team will attempt to repeat as gold medal champions.

SGS also hosted the girls trials, where gymnasts attempted to qualify for each of two three-member teams.

Splitz Gymnastics of Cloverdale placed two members on the Level 4 team, as Renee Jendral and McKaylie Taverner finished one-two in the all around standings. Brooke Hansen of the Langley Gymnastics Foundation placed third, edging Madison Sader for the final place on the team. Named the team alternate, Sader will be asked to Cranbrook should one of the top three gymnasts be unable to compete.

Taylor Oakley of SGS just missed a place on the Level 5 team, finishing fourth overall. The 11-year-old Surrey resident had the top score on vault, and also placed third on bars and floor, earning the team alternate designation.

Gillian Hanemayer and Janine Mereniuk, both from Club Aviva in Coquitlam, and Stephanie Sidwell from the Langley Gymnastics Foundation made the Fraser Valley in Level 5 team.

Melissa Ackermann and Alyssa Eidsness, two 12 year-old Surrey residents, attempted to crack the top three in Level 4 qualifying. The two SGS members compete at Level 3, but moved up a category in an attempt to compete at the B.C. Games.

Ackermann placed eighth all around, with a second place score on vault and fourth on bars in the 14 girl competition. Eidsness placed 10th all around, her best event result a sixth on vault.

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