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Local gymnasts shine at Northern Lights Invitational

"The athletes here in Fort St John continue to blow my mind."
Avery Nolan (Xcel Gold) Anika Carroll (Xcel Platinum) and Katie Yates (Xcel Platinum) They are the NPGA 3 highest level athletes.

Read on for a quick recap of the second annual Northern Lights Invitational.

This year had 182 athletes representing six different Clubs from across Northern British Columbia and North-Western Alberta register for the event.

The North Peace Gymnastics Association (NPGA) was well represented with their 72 athletes who participated.

The NPGA came away from the event with countless ribbons and multiple top three finishes. 

These performances included 14 third place, 23 second place, and 24 gold medals (first place finishes), held in Fort St John on April 15.

Nearly Half of the special awards for the Northern Lights Invitational, were rewarded to NPGA athletes this year.

Kathryn Yates comes away from the event with the Xcel Platinum Championship, and Sophia MacDougall received the Xcel Bronze Championship.

“I just want to say we are so proud of all the athletes and so grateful for the organizers for making this event such a success. All the teams that attended had a great time, friendships were made, and countless personal bests performed again. The athletes here in Fort St John continue to blow my mind with their dedication, work ethic and drive! I can't wait to see what these kids do at our next meet May 5-7 in Prince George,” said Mimi Lessard, coach with the NPGA.


Local athletes receiving awards:


· Hope Long Vigorous Vaulter for Vault

· Olive Shishido Super Swinger on Bars

· Elliotte Orcutt Brilliant Beam for her Beam Skills

· Morgan Andres Vigorous Vaulter for Vault

· Bristol Patterson Super Swinger for her Bar routine

· Lexi MacDougall Beautiful Beam For her Beam Routine

· Abby Baker Dazzling Dancer for her Floor Routine

· Most Dynamic Vault went to Natalia Carroll

· Hunter Earle got a Vigorous Vaulter Award

· Anna Fowler received a Super Swinger Award for her routine on Bars

· Aven Felske received a Brilliant Beam Award· Kathryn Yates received the Most Dynamic Vault award


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