Gymnasts bring home hardware

Ponoka gymnasts show off their medals after the Lacombe Gymnastics Meet. Holding a front support on the bars is from left to right Shannon Bendera


March was busy month for the Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club. Four gymnasts travelled to their first competition of the season in Sundre and everyone brought back at least one ribbon.

•Sarah Nicholson, Cangym3 Tyro, first in beam, third in floor and vault.

•Ferron French-Scott, Cangym 3 Novice, second in floor, vault, and bars, third in beam.

•Emma Bendera, Cangym 4 Argo, first in vault, second in bars and beam, and third in floor.

•Shannon Bendera, Cangym 4 Tyro, third on the beam

Six athletes competed in Lacombe. All of the gymnasts had an exceptional meet. Emily Butler, Cangym 3  Novice, competed for the first time and finished first on vault and bars, with second-place finishes on beam and floor and gold all-around.

Ferron Frech-Scott competing at the same age and level placed second on floor and first on the other events and gold all-around.

Sarah Nicholson and Mckenzie Henderson competed at the Cangym 3 Tyro level and received first-place finishes on vault, bars, beam and floor, as well as gold all-around.

Emma Bendera competed at the Cangym 4 Argo level, receiving first-place finishes on bars, floor and vault. A fall off the balance beam on a difficult skill gave her a second-place finish on the beam.

Shannon Bendera also competed at the Cangym 4 level but an age level above her sister. Shannon did her best bar routine of the season, placing first in this event as well as on vault, followed by second-place finish on floor and balance beam. Both girls received gold medals for their all-around scores.

Although the gymnastics club is finished training for the season, four gymnasts will travel to Lacombe and Wetaskiwin for extra training so they can attend another meet April 9 in Irricana.

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