Gymnast's near-perfect vault golden
Gymnastics: Mountain Shadows Bryn Doyle wins vault at provincials, Brooke Spurway third in beam
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 06:00 am
Might as well get the hard work done with early.
Mountain Shadows gymnast Bryn Doyle wasted no time in winning the JO 6 vault at the provincial gymnastics championships in Fort McMurray on April 9. She landed a quasi-perfect hand spring for a 9.275 in her first attempt. Her biggest critic of the golden vault was Bryn Doyle.
“I didn’t think I would get gold because it wasn’t the best vault I ever done,” said the Grade 8 student at St. John Paul II Collegiate. “But I was happy with it, I just stepped back a little bit.”
Mountain Shadows coach Kelsie Connor said Doyle had plenty of flight and amplitude in her vault.
“That’s judging them on how much power they come in with, how much height they leave the vault from,” Connor said. “Bryn has worked very hard to make it nearly perfect.
“She definitely created the power and the body lines and pulled off the gold despite a small step (on her landing).”
It runs in the family. Bryn’s older sister Aidan won a provincial gold medal in the vault two years ago.
Bryn also came home from Fort Mac with a silver in the floor exercise — there are a lot of competitors that excel at the event.
“I did not expect that,” she said. “I think this was the best routine of the year.”
Connor said Doyle was able to add a little bit of Bryn to her two floor lines (front spring, front tuck and round-off, back-spring, back layout) which earned her a 9.325 from the judges.
“In the floor, you have to be able to show that confident presentation piece and Bryn does that very well,” Connor said. “She is very good at dancing and adding a bit of personality and attitude to her routine.”
Doyle also had a fifth-place in the beam.
“Usually I get really nervous -- I don’t like the beam,” she said. “But this was my best beam of the year.”
A Mountain Shadows teammate happens to shine on the beam -- a shine with a bronze tint. Brooke Spurway came home with a bronze medal in balance beam in JO 8 (2004-05) at 9.23.
“I connected everything and I didn’t have any wobbles, except on my full-turn,” said Spurway a Grade 6 student at Westmount School.
Her connection includes a back-walkover, a back-flip which goes directly into her dismount.
“She has three skills in a row to complete her routine and they have flight,” Connor said. “She is a very capable gymnast.”
Those are skills the young gymnast has worked on all year, which paid off with a spot in the podium.
“I was pretty confident because I have done that routine so many times,” she said. “I added a different walkover this year because last year I was at Level 6.”
It doesn’t hurt the beam is her favourite event.
“I just enjoy it -- I don’t worry about it very much,” she said.
In other Mountain Shadows medal results at provincials, Callie Zacharias was third overall in the JO 9 14 and over, with a second on the floor. Her younger sister Lexie was first in the JO 8 vault.
The Zacharias sisters are heading to Brandon April 27-29 to compete with Team Alberta at the Western Canadian Gymnastics championships (Olivia Keegan of Okotoks, who competes with Pegasus Gymnastics in Calgary, is also a member of Team Alberta). Meanwhile, the Mountain Shadows gymnasts are looking for good things at one of the more relaxed competitions of the year in Okotoks.
Spurway would like to finish her year with a strong performance in her hometown.
“I am trying to get first on beam -- that’s my goal for Mountain Magic,” Spurway said.
Mountain Shadows’ home meet is May 5-7 at the Pason Centennial Arena.
For other results from the provincial championships, go to abgym.ab.ca/Results.
For information on Mountain Shadows go to mountainshadowsgymclub.com