Morgan earns berth at Winter Games

Hillary Morgan came home with a silver medal–and a berth to the Ontario Winter Games–after placing second at the provincial qualifier Sunday in Thunder Bay.
Morgan was among six athletes selected to represent Northwestern Ontario in women’s artistic gymnastics at the Winter Games coming up March 16-19 in Sault Ste. Marie.
She is an excellent competitor,” praised Visserettes coach Mike Lang. “She performs well under pressure and is very solid.”
“Hillary has been competing since she was nine years old and she has been to many provincial meets already,” echoed Betty Grynol. “Her experience pays off. She knows the competition out there and she is very focused.
“We will be proud to have Hillary represent us,” she added.
The girls were judged by superior judge Diane Durette from Toronto and provincial judges Susie Grynol, Raelle Abbott, and Adrianne St. Jaques.
(Grynol and Abbott are both former gymnasts from the Fort Frances Visserettes, and the time and effort they give back to the sport is much appreciated).
The girls first spent Saturday with Durette upgrading their skills at a maintenance clinic, which is a requirement to keep their qualifications.
In other news, the Fort Frances Visserettes were saddened by the passing of club founder Lourens Visser on Dec. 2. He started the club in the 1960s, and he and his wife, Tina, were constant supporters and generous donors over the years.
Lourens always came out to the meets to present the trophies he donated. He always had words of encouragement and a story to tell everyone.
We will miss his enthusiasm and support. He will always be a legacy to this club.
Looking ahead, the Visserettes and Boys Gymnastics Club are preparing for their Christmas display Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy.
Each family is asked to bring one dozen goodies to share and lots of Christmas cheer!
This will be the last class until Jan. 3 (Kindergym and recreational classes will be cancelled that morning as they will perform at the display instead).
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!