B.C. champions from SGS

Surrey gymnasts began championship competition with a dominating performance in Kamloops last weekend, winning seven gold medals in all around competition.

All seven are from the Surrey Gymnastics Society (SGS), which will also be well-represented at next weekend’s Western Canadian championships in Prince George and the national championship competition June 1-8 in Calgary.

“Seven medals is the most we’ve ever had since I’ve been here,” said SGS head coach John Carroll, who has been with the Newton-based club for close to 20 years. “And they were all expected to have a chance to win.”

Six of the champions were crowned in boys competition.

Peter Andersen (High Performance Senior), Spencer Dear (High Performance Junior), Tyler Carroll (High Performance Novice) and Vladimir Djuric (Level 5) all warmed up for the nationals with solid performances.

Andersen bounced back from a shoulder injury to post the top scores in four of six events for the win, while Dear edged teammate Danny Chambers for his victory.

“Both of them did a real good job,” said coach Carroll. “Danny was off for a while, and this was his first competition back.”

Dear had a top score on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar, while Chambers was tops on rings and vault.

Tyler Carroll edged Silas Radies of Vancouver in the High Performance Novice standings, after placing first on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars.

Djuric earned his all around gold medal by posting top scores on pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.

The other two all around champions in boys competition closed out their competitive seasons with gold medal performances.

Noah Behm edged Khalil Dhanji of SGS in the Level 3 under-13 category, after placing first on floor and rings, second on parallel bars and high bar and third on vault.

“It was pretty exciting for him,” said Carroll of Behm’s win. “He works so hard in the gym.”

Dhanji had a win on parallel bars and was third on pommel horse. Voncan Omidi had third place scores on floor and rings.

Nicolas Apostol of SGS placed in the top three in all six events to win in Level 2, earning the top scores on floor, rings and parallel bars. Teammate Hyugo Ishida placed fourth overall, his best score a third on high bar.

Five other SGS competitors placed in the top five all around in their categories, led by Malcolm Herbert’s silver medal won in the Level 4 under-13 group. Herbert, who will also compete at the Westerns in Prince George, placed among the top three in all events and had top scores on vault and parallel bars.

Matthew Wong and Trevan Urena finished third and fourth all around in the Level 3 13-and-over group. Wong was first on rings and second on vault, while Urena had a win on floor, and placed third on pommel horse and parallel bars.

Gordie Kordas warmed up for the Westerns with third place scores on rings and pommel horse to place fifth in the High Performance Argo group.

Placing second on floor, vault and high bar lifted Jordan Eldridge to fifth in the overall standings in Level 4 13-and-over.

- Taylor Oakley led the SGS girls contingent, winning the all around gold medal in the P5 Tyro category after posting the high score on both vault and bars, and placing second to McKaylie Taverner of Cloverdale’s Splitz Gymnastics on beam.

Alyssa Eidsness and Melissa Ackermann of SGS medalled in the P3 Novice group. Eidsness placed second all around, her best effort being a fourth on floor.

Ackermann was right behind in third place, after winning on bars and tying for second on floor.

In the same group, Aisha Morley of Splitz had a third place score on beam.

Kerensa Mitchell, Chaynade Knowles and Kaitlynn Urano were among the top five in the National Open group.

Mitchell placed first on beam and third on floor to place third all around, while a second-place score on floor and a third on vault lifted Knowles into fourth.

Urano, fifth overall, was also second on vault.

Phoebe Tham of SGS placed third on bars and beam.

In P3 Open, Brittany Eldridge of SGS placed first on bars and placed third all around, while teammates Lindsay Bevan on beam and Natasha Pekurel on bars placed third on one event each.

Two Splitz gymnasts contested the P4 Novice group, where Renee Jendral won on floor and placed third all around, and Chelsea Benedict was third on beam.

Sarah Kerr of SGS was fifth all around in P3 Tyro, after a first on bars and third on beam, while teammate Hailee Van Koughnett tied for second on both bars and floor, also placing fifth all around.

Bryn Zomar of Splitz earned a second place score on bars.

- Stephanie Sidwell of Surrey, competing for the Langley Gymnastics club in the P5 Novice category, used first place scores on both bars and floor to win the all around title.

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