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Huge medal haul for SGS

Hailee Van Koughnett, 11, competes in the floor event at the Christy Fraser meet at Trinity Western University in Langley. The Surrey Gymnastics Society member won gold on floor, and claimed the all around title in Level 4 Tyro. - ROB NEWELL / BLACK PRESS
Hailee Van Koughnett, 11, competes in the floor event at the Christy Fraser meet at Trinity Western University in Langley. The Surrey Gymnastics Society member won gold on floor, and claimed the all around title in Level 4 Tyro.
— image credit: ROB NEWELL / BLACK PRESS

Athletes from Surrey clubs made steady trips to the podium last weekend in Langley, winning a total of 16 all around medals at the Christy Fraser Invitational gymnastics competition at Trinity Western University last weekend.

The Surrey Gymnastics Society (SGS) boasts five all around champions from the meet, which also doubled as the Fraser Valley championships, and had nine other gymnasts win all around medals.

“Our girls program is doing a lot better this year,” said SGS head coach John Carroll. “The coaches have focused on making sure the kids are in the right categories, they’re paying more attention to putting kids into the categories they will be competitive in.”

Level 3-4 gymnasts have already assured themselves of competing at the B.C. Championship meet in Kamloops April 18-20, but it didn’t stop several SGS members from performing well in Langley.

Hailee Van Koughnett, 11, was first overall in the Level 4 Tyro group. The North Delta resident had the best scores on three events, settling for a silver medal on bars.

Melissa Ackermann and Alyssa Eidsness, two 12-year-old Surrey residents, finished one-two respectively in the Level 3 Novice category. Ackerman added a bronze medal on bars to gold won on the other three events. Eidsness tied Ackermann for the gold on vault, and also had high score on bars while placing second on beam and floor.

Also in Level 3, 11-year-old Sarah Kerr used top scores on bars and beam to place second all around in the Tyro group, while an all around silver medal won by 14-year-old Lindsay Bevan in the Open category included third place scores on beam and floor. Also competing in the Open group was Brittany Eldridge, 15, who won gold on bars and silver on beam to tie for third overall.

Level 2 gymnasts competed hoping to qualify for the provincial meet, and a pair of SGS competitors will be going to Kamloops next weekend.

Danika Peterson, 8, won a gold medal on bards and a bronze on floor to place sixth all around in the Argo group, while Mikaela Noble, 12, qualified for provincials with a sixth place all around finish in the Novice category. In Level 2 Tyro, Taylor Peterson, 11, won a bronze medal on bars.

The Splitz Gymnastics Centre had six girls in the medals in Level 2 competition at the Christy Fraser meet.

Rachel Wong posted the top score on beam and was third on floor to win the all around silver medal in the Tyro category. Hiroka Takeuchi won a silver medal on beam and Kisha Gatchalian took the bronze on vault.

In the Novice competition, Jenna Doobenen won a gold on beam and a bronze on floor to place third overall, while Raven Mills took the silver on vault.

Marina Szabo won silver medals on beam and floor in the Argo category.

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