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North Peace Gymnasts impress at local meet

The North Peace Gymnastics Association members leapt and tumbled their way to various medals and awards at the Doetzel Invitational in Fort St. John over the weekend.

The North Peace Gymnastics Association members leapt and tumbled their way to various medals and awards at the Doetzel Invitational in Fort St. John over the weekend.

The local gymnasts hosted clubs from Prince George, Peace River and Grande Prairie in one of their final competitions of the season.

Fort St. John's Jeryn Mackey took first overall in Provincial Level 3, beating fellow North Peace gymnast Brianna Owen by 0.100 of a point.

Mackey said it felt good to win first all around and that she was proud of her routine on bars, which she also won.

"It's the first time I've gotten 12, all year."

Gymnasts competed in floor, beam, bars and vault in front of a hometown crowd of supporters.

"It's nice sometimes competing at home because then you know everyone, it's not as scary," said Mackey.

North Peace gymnast Kassidy Roblin was first overall in Provincial Level 2 Argo/Tyro combined.

"It was hard, but it was fun," she said of the competition, adding that the beam was her best event "because I stuck my whole beam routine."

North Peace Gymnastics coach Leanne Couch was pleased with the performances she did see, though she was busy making sure everything ran smoothly.

"I think they all had very good successes, I saw no tears, they all walked away with some pretty big accomplishments."

Awards were handed out to gymnasts at the top of each event for Provincial Level 1 and Provincial Level 2/3.

Stephanie Forster from the Prince George Gymnastics Club swept the trophies, winning Best Vault, Best Bars, Best Beam and Best Floor for Level 1.

Forster competed in the Argo/Tyro combined category and said she never won that many trophies before.

"It's really cool," she said, adding that she was proud because she landed her back walkover during her beam routine.

Her coach, Jennifer Fendelet, said she was impressed with Forster.

"She was super tight in her performance and her presentation stood out for meall around today she was super tight," she said.

"She stuck her beam routine and cleaned house, I think."

All of the Prince George girls did well in the various events, said Fendelet.

"They performed really well and (were) totally confident."

Owen won Best Vault for the Provincial Level2/3 with Heather Smith of Fort St. John winning Best Bars, Daisy Petrucci winning Best Beam and Mackey winning Best Floor.

For full all around results, check out the scoreboard on A6.

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