Hometown gymnast reaches new level
Gymnastics: More than 200 athletes at Okotoks meet
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 06:00 am
There’s nothing like moving up in the world from the comfort of your own backyard.
Okotoks gymnast Jordyn Bahr chose her own club’s meet, the Mountain Magic Invitational Gymnastic Meet, to make the jump to a higher division April 25 at Pason Centennial Arena.
“This was my first P5 (Open) competition,” said Bahr, a member of Okotoks’ Mountain Shadows Gymnastics Club. “I was injured at the start of the year so I stayed in P4, but I wanted to have one P5 competition this year.”
Bahr had proven she was ready to make the jump when she was second in the all-around in the P4 level at provincials earlier this month in Lethbridge.
Her first discipline at the P5 level in Okotoks was the beam. An event she enjoys about as much as a root canal.
“I have always been good at it, I just don’t like it,” she said. “I don’t know why that is.”
Her opponents likely don’t like Bahr’s beam performance either. She won the darn thing in Okotoks.
Bahr finished third in the vault and was second in the bars. Despite medalling in all the events, she wasn’t confident going into her final discipline, the floor exercise.
“I didn’t think I could win the overall because this was my first competition at the higher level,” Bahr said. “Before the floor, I was really nervous and I was freezing cold.
“It didn’t really help me.”
Bahr finished third in the floor. She said she was happy with her performance at the Mountain Magic meet.
She has put P4 behind her. She will compete at P5 when Mountain Shadows competes in Victoria in mid May.
Madi Chiasson was wearing a smile on her face after finishing second in the all-around at P4 Novice at Magic Mountain.
“I did a lot better (than at provincials),” said Chiasson with a smile. “I did a Pike-Tsuk on my vault and I actually landed it.”
The Pike-Tsuk was good enough to give her a third-place finish in the vault. However, more importantly, because it was the first of her four disciplines, it provided a boost of confidence.
“Yeah, I was very surprised,” she said. “It helped me a lot.”
Chiasson would go onto finish second in the bars and was third on the floor. A minor slip-up prevented her from medaling on the 10cm wide balance beam.
“I fell on the beam on my cartwheel,” she said.
She felt her performance was strong enough to get a medal in the all-around.
“I was watching the other girls and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get fourth — I just didn’t know if I was going to get second or third,” Chiasson said.
The winner in the P4 Novice was Kayley Lim from Cranbrook’s Key City Gymnastics.
Mountain Shadows’ Victoria Paish’s unique vault helped lead her to a silver medal in the all-around in the P4 Open.
She not only won the vault in that division, she was awarded the Most Unique Vault among all competitors on April 25.
“I did an open Tuck-Tsuk, I was the only one who did one,” Paish said.
The Tuck-Tsuk has Paish in a tuck, while the Pike-Tsuk has the legs extended.
It’s not too much of a surprise, Paish is the provincial co-champion in the vault.
Bahr finished sixth in the uneven bars and the balance beam and fourth on the floor exercise.
Her head was spinning by the end of the night. Not from flying off the vault and twisting like a pretzel, but from winning the handstand competition.
Paish was in a handstand for approximately two minutes in a fun event among all competitors after the main event.
“I felt really dizzy and I couldn’t see afterwards,” she said with a laugh.
Mountain Shadows made good use of their own equipment as it had as its competitive gymnasts had a strong showing at the meet at the Pason.
Mountain Shadows swept the top four spots in the P3 Argo/Tyro division on Saturday.
Callie Zacharias took the top spot. The High River gymnast finished first in the vault, the beam and the floor exercise. She was second in the uneven bars.
She was followed closely by teammate Kiara Newhook, who took first place in the bars.
Syndi Paish was second in the category.
She was followed by Ali Ayotte.
Ayotte won the provincial championship in the P2 Tyro division at the provincial championships in Lethbridge earlier this month.
Hannah Proctor, a student at St. Mary’s School, won the P2 Tyro.
“I did well on my vault and the bars,” Proctor said.
She won both disciplines, using a handspring in her vault.
“I wanted to do well in front of all my fiends and my relatives,” she said.
Mountain Shadows will end their season in mid May in Victoria.
The Mountain Magic Invitational had more than 200 entries and included gymnastics clubs from British Columbia.