The Williams Lake Gymanstics Club’s competitive team shows off its medals and ribbons from the recent Prince George Invitational and Zone 8 Championships in Prince George

The Williams Lake Gymanstics Club’s competitive team shows off its medals and ribbons from the recent Prince George Invitational and Zone 8 Championships in Prince George

Williams Lake gymnasts land top zone scores

Nearing the end of its competitive season, Williams Lake Gymnastics Club members are already setting large goals for next year.

Nearing the end of its competitive season, Williams Lake Gymnastics Club members are already setting large goals for next year.

Mike Stinson, coach of the WLGC, said it’s great to see and hopes to continue to notice improvement in the club’s athletes.

“Next year is going to be a big one for us,” Stinson said. “We want to represent our zone at the B.C. Championships next year. We did well this year so the group made a goal to be on the podium for all around next year — not just for individual.

“It’s good that they’re looking forward to next season. For them to set that for themselves, it was great to see that there’s some dedication being shown.”

The club recently returned from the combined Prince George Invitational and the Zone 8 Championships May 5-6 at the Prince George Gymnastics Club with multiple strong results.

In men’s gymnastics Mason Wong, Andrew Bettles and Bjorn Hunt competed. Wong used strong all-around scores to capture second overall in the level three men’s category, while Bettles finished third with his best result coming off a second-place floor routine.

In level one men’s gymnastics Hunt finished sixth overall including a fifth-place horizontal bar routine.

Teammates Carson Coldwell, Chloe Lutters, Thea Lutters, Abayah Hunt, Michaela Newberry and Samantha McKee also scored some solid marks.

Newberry finished first overall on beam in level two 12 and over women’s gymnastics, and McKee took second overall in vault.

Chloe finished third in vault and fifth on bars in level one argo, while her sister, Thea, finished ninth on floor. Abayah also took 10th on vault in a category featuring 18 gymnasts.

Coldwell used a strong floor routine to capture third in level one 12 and over women’s gymnastics.

“They’ve come a long ways since I came here a year and a half ago,” Stinson said.

“They’ve come together more as a team … The boys and girls teams are becoming one team, so that’s good to see. I was impressed.”

The club now has one more meet, June 16-17 in Smithers, before finishing its competitive season.

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