Gymnasts add a twist before provincial meet

Gymnastics: Mountain Shadows sending 12 athletes to Alberta championships

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 am

Mountain Shadows gymnasts Hannah Proctor, Lexie and Callie Zacharias hold themselves up on the bar at Mountain Shadows in Okotoks. The trio won the all-around competitions in their respective divisions at the Twister Invitational in Abbotsford, B.C. on April 5-6.
Mountain Shadows gymnasts Hannah Proctor, Lexie and Callie Zacharias hold themselves up on the bar at Mountain Shadows in Okotoks. The trio won the all-around competitions in their respective divisions at the Twister Invitational in Abbotsford, B.C. on April 5-6.
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Some gymnasts might have done some foreshadowing concerning the upcoming provincial championships.

Three members of the Mountain Shadows Gymnastics Club won the all-around in their divisions at the Twister Invitational in Abbotsford, B.C. last weekend.

All three of them, Hannah Proctor, Lexie Zacharias and Callie Zacharias, are among the dozen athletes from Mountain Shadows who will compete at the provincial gymnastics championships this weekend in Lethbridge.

“The timing for Abbotsford was perfect for those who wanted to have another chance to compete before provincials,” said Mountain Shadows coach Michelle Bahr. “It’s also a great chance to compete against girls from different provinces.”

Bahr said the gymnasts are capable of impressive performances in Lethbridge.

“I expect them to do very well,” Bahr said. “I would anticipate that Callie would have a good chance in the all-around in P3, but the P2 Tyro group is very, very tough, so it’s going to be a hard road for Hannah and Lexie, but if they are on, they should be fine.”

The girls will be doing some fine-tuning this week for provincials. They have most of the hard work done in preparation for provincials.

“This is when you want the girls at the top of their game as they going into provincials,” Bahr said.

The 11-year-old Proctor is hoping she is ready for provincials after a strong showing in Abbotsford in which she was in the top five in all four disciplines — floor, bars, beam and vault. Proctor said her first-place in Abbotsford gives her confidence going into provincials.

She finished first in the bars in the P2 Tyro category. Proctor called her bars routine “tight” something she hopes to do again at provincials.

“My goal is to stay on every event and not fall,” she said. “I think I can do fairly well — if I stay on the beam.”

The P2 Tyro division was split into two divisions based on age.

That won’t be the case at provincials, which means Proctor will compete against her Mountain Shadows teammate, High River’s Lexie Zacharias in Lethbridge.

Lexie won the other half of the P2 division at Abbotsford.

“I was very happy with how I did,” Lexie said. “I was worried that I wouldn’t do well on the beam.”

She lived up to the old adage if you fall you have to jump right up and do it again

Lexie slipped on her beam routine.

“She had a fall and still had a really awesome score,” said Bahr. Lexie finished in third-place on the beam despite the fall. She finished first in the floor en route to winning the all-around at the Twister.

There’s nothing like a title the week before the provincial championships to boost a young girl’s confidence.

“It helps me not be so nervous,” she said. “I have to work on my routines this week —my goal is to not fall of anything and do my best.”

Bahr said the P2 Tyro is one of the toughest divisions at provincials. This time Proctor and Lexie won’t be separated, they will be competing against each other along with teammate Allie Ayotte. All three of them will be in the same group as they rotate to each of the four disciplines at provincials.

Which is just fine with Lexie.

“We can watch and see them and we can cheer each other,” Lexie said.

She will also have some family support. Older sister Callie will be in provincials after winning the overall in Abbotsford.

“That was one of the best (meets) I have had this year,” Callie said. “I am getting better and more confidence after every meet.”

Her goal is to reach the podium at provincials— the top of the podium.

Winning the overall is her goal.

“I have to stay tight and stick my landings,” she said.

Mountain Shadows athletes results at the Twister Invitational April 5-6.

P1 Argo: Jesse Milkovic — fourth, beam.

P2 Tyro (10-11 year olds): Hannah Proctor — first, all-around; first, bars. Lexie Zacharias — first all-around; first, floor; third, beam. Rebecca Lane— fourth, all-around; second, beam. Rachel Shortridge also competed.

P2 Argo (8- 9 year olds): Breckyn Bahr — seventh, beam.

P3 Tyro (10-11 year olds): Callie Zacharias — first, all-around; first, vault; third, beam. Kiara Newhook — first, bars.

P4 Open: Jordyn Bahr — fourth, overall; second, beam.

The 13 Mountain Shadows athletes who qualified for provincials this weekend in Lethbridge:

P2 Argo — Breckyn Bahr and Brooke Spurway

P2 Tyro — Allie Ayotte, Hannah Proctor and Lexie Zacharias

P2 Novice (12-13 year olds) — Megan Petrie

P3 Tyro — Callie Zacharias, Kiara Newhook and Sydni Paish

P4 —Madison Chiasson, Jordyn Bahr, Victoria Paish and Kylee Rude.

Mountain Shadows will host its annual Mountain Magic Invitational Gym Meet April 25-27 at the Pason Centennial Arena.


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