Gymnasts head to Island finals

Twenty athletes from Port Alberni Gymnastics Academy (PAGA) are headed to the Island championships in Victoria on Friday.

Alex Penner-Kenny

Twenty athletes from Port Alberni Gymnastics Academy (PAGA) are headed to the Island championships in Victoria on Friday.

Olivia Moss, Sheridan Osterman, Aleah McKimm, Mila Fukushima, Janae Gill, Shalaine Walker, Cadence Osterman, Abigail Little, Sanam Munir and Jayden Blake will compete in the provincial stream.

Lillie Trowridge, Olivia Black, Sophia Cross, Annika Andow, Danika Britton, Alex Penner-Kenny, Genieve Dool, Jaden Zelke, Alison Lyons and Kiera Frey will compete in a new interclub category.

“This is the first year working with the new provincial structure,” coach Paula Flemming said.

“There has been a big learning curve for all gymnastics centres in B.C. The new structure includes advanced bars and compulsory routines.”

All gymnasts will compete on vault, bars, beam and floor and provincial gymnasts will receive scores out of a 10, she explained.

PAGA gymnasts will be travelling to Victoria’s Lion Pride Gymnastics to compete in this year’s Islands. Port Alberni is sending one of the biggest teams from Vancouver Island this year, Flemming said.