Strong showing for local gymnasts

Local competitors do well in provincials

Fitkidz gymnasts (standing, left to right) Olivia Dunley Owen, Maya Bassot, Hannah Patterson and Ella Simmons along with Kiah Planedin (front) competed at the recent B.C. Secondary School Provincials in Burnaby.                                Submitted photo

Fitkidz gymnasts (standing, left to right) Olivia Dunley Owen, Maya Bassot, Hannah Patterson and Ella Simmons along with Kiah Planedin (front) competed at the recent B.C. Secondary School Provincials in Burnaby. Submitted photo

Five athletes from Fitkidz Gymnastics Club turned in a strong showing at the B.C. Secondary School Provincials in Burnaby last weekend in a field of 249 competitors, representing 68 high schools in the province.

“It was the girls’ first BCSS experience and they did very well, scoring three South Okanagan girls within the top 10 out of 52 gymnasts,” said head coach and Fitkidz owner Annette Card. “The competition was very tight, with scores only being a 100th of a point apart between most competitors.”

Representing Penticton were Ella Simmons, 16, Maya Bassot, 15 and Kiah Planedin, 15. Competing Summerland athletes were Hannah Patterson and Olivia Dunley Owen.

Of the entrants in their division, Dunley Owen earned scored third overall, Simmons was fifth overall and Patterson finished ninth overall. Bassot scored 10th on the vault and sixth on bars. Planedin finished seventh on the beam.

Fitkidz is off to a zone meet in Kamloops this weekend and at the beginning of April representing Penticton with four gymnasts, Bella Green, 13, Caitlin Keeler, 11, Dani Green, 10 and Amey Thompson, 9. They have qualified to go to the B.C. Champs Provincials Artistic Gymnastics in Port Coquitlam.