Local gymnasts make good showing

The Fort Frances Visserettes competed in the regional championships in Thunder Bay on Jan. 23-24, where they did well against tumblers from Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, and the host city.
“For a lot of the girls, it was their first time competing in public,” noted coach Mirela Bica. “They did really well.”
In the ‘Tyro B’ category (age 10-11), Breenda Taylor ranked first on the bars, third on the vault and beam, and fifth on the floor, earning fourth place overall.
Chelsea Carlson ranked second on the beam, third on the floor, fifth on the vault, and seventh on the bars for a sixth place finish.
In ‘Cadette B’ (age seven-eight), Bailey Vollom took third place overall after ranking second on the beam and third on the floor while Journey Somerset took fourth, taking first on the bars and third on the beam.
Jewel Kozik was fifth, ranking second on the vault and fifth on the beam, while Erin Gustafson took sixth, ranking second on the vault and sixth on the floor.
Kiera Haney-Slusarchuk ranked fourth on the beam and sixth on the vault for a seventh-place finish overall, with Kendra Roberts taking ninth overall after ranking eighth on the vault and ninth on the floor.
In ‘Novice 1’ (age 12-13), which is a provincial category, Sarah Blais took sixth with a score of 35.2. If she can repeat that mark at the provincial qualifiers in Winnipeg in March, Blais will advance to the provincials in Toronto.
Sara Kellar took third at the provincial level for 11-year-olds, ranking second in vault and third on the beam.
Brittany Rognerud took second in the ‘Novice B’ category, ranking first on the floor and second on the vault and the bars. Samantha Mickelson came fourth in the same category, ranking second on the floor and third on the vault.
In ‘Argo B’ (nine-year-olds), Laura Rognerud ranked seventh thanks to a fourth-place finish on the beam and fifth place on the vault. Chanelle Matthews ranked second on the beam and third on the floor, but eighth on the bars and on the vault, for an eighth-place showing overall.
Sydney Boustead, the only local competitor at the ‘Novice 2’ level, ranked first with a score of 31.65.
Bica said there was an added bonus at the regional meet. “They allowed little children, five- to six year-olds, to participate,” she noted.
While the children were not judged or ranked, each were given a certificate for participating.
“They did all four events, just like the bigger girls,” Bica said. “We’re really proud of them.”
The category, called “Showcase,” included Hailey Boustead, Amber Jourdain, Anika Alexander, Alexis Perrault, Kate Pearson, and Cheyenne Lyons.
The Visserettes next will attend an inter-club meet in Red Lake later this month.