Gymnastics coach to judge at Games

Last weekend Winnipeg, this weekend London for local gymnastics coach Mirela Bica.
Bica travelled to Winnipeg with three Visserettes who competed in the 2004 Premier Flight 4 event as part of their qualifiers for then provincials. Then tomorrow, she’ll head off to London to be a judge for the Ontario Winter Games.
“I can’t wait,” she said. “There are so many clubs, and they have so many coaches and judges. It’s something really nice.”^After applying to be a judge over the Internet, Bica got the call early this week to tell her a plane ticket was waiting for her and a hotel room had been booked.
At the Winnipeg meet, Sara Kellar took third place in the Level I Tyro vault and beam, and fifth place in the uneven bars and floor, leaving her with a total score of 34.575 to finish in fifth place overall.
Meanwhile, Sydney Boustead and Sarah Blais both competed in the Level I Novice division.
Boustead came first overall with a combined score of 35.525 after a first-place finish in the floor exercise and three second-place finishes on the vault, bars, and beam.
Blais scored fifth in vault, fourth on bars, first on beam, and second on floor to place third overall with a 34.900.
“It was a new experience for us,” Bica said of the Winnipeg meet.
“The girls did very well.”^The Winnipeg qualifier was the last competition this semester for the Visserettes.
Registration for next semester will be held at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy on Monday (March 15) from 6-8:30 p.m. for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics as well as trampoline.
The local club also is preparing for “Springfest,” the annual competition held here, which will begin April 17. More than 100 gymnasts from across the region are expected to attend.