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Sapphires shine in Southport

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Some of Sapphire's after the competition. Back row –Addison Montgomery, Jordan Mckee, Emersyn Geekie-Towle. Middle row – Quinn Knelsen, Ciara Iwrin. Centre – Marley Taylor. Front row – Kadynce Stobie, Jessica Rangel, Emily Britton, Kiera Thornton. (supplied photo)

Some of Sapphire's after the competition. Back row –Addison Montgomery, Jordan Mckee, Emersyn Geekie-Towle. Middle row – Quinn Knelsen, Ciara Iwrin. Centre – Marley Taylor. Front row – Kadynce Stobie, Jessica Rangel, Emily Britton, Kiera Thornton. (supplied photo)

A busy weekend was had at the Rec Plex.

The Southport Sapphires Gymnastics Club held their annual competition Saturday, February 24 at the Southport Rec Plex.

“All of our gymnasts had a very successful day collecting a total of nine medals,” says Tonya Thompson, Sapphire's head coach. “We picked up three gold, two silver and four bronze medals in front of a large hometown crowd. A lot of our competitors were in their first ever competition and they had a lot of nerves to fight through, which made it even more special for them.”

12-year-old Jewell Thompson and 14-year-old Kate Moggey will both represent the South Region for their spectacular finishes. Thompson finished first on beam, second on floor and third on both vault and uneven bars to win the silver medal all-around with a total score of 33.875. Moggey won the bronze medal all-around with a score of 33.175 as well. Both are very excited to represent the South Region at Manitoba Winter Games being held in Thompson, Man., March 5-7. 

“Every one of the girls has worked very hard so far this season and the coaching staff could not be more proud of them all,” says Thompson. “For (Jewel) Thompon and Moggery it will be the first time participating in the Winter Games and we wish them both the best of luck in at a very exciting event.”

A number of the gymnasts will be heading to Morden for the next competition in March, then Swan River for the provincial championship in April. Check out all the results from the event below.

Intermediate Category

Age 10:

Emersyn Geekie-Towle - First on both uneven bars and Beam, second on floor, and fourth in Vault. Gold in all-around.

Addison Montgomery – Second on uneven bars, third in vault, fourth on floor and seventh on beam. Bronze in all-around.

Age 11:

Ciara Irwin – First on uneven bars, second on beam, ninth on floor, and 11th in vault. Bronze medal all-around. 

Jessica Rangel – Fifth on both beams and floor, seventh on uneven bars, and eighth in vault. Fifth all-around.

Jordan Mckee – Fourth in vault, sixth in uneven bars, 11th on both beam and floor. Ninth all-around. 

Marley Taylor – Fifth on uneven bars, seventh on beam, ninth on vault and 12th on the floor. 10th all-around. 

Age 12:

Quinn Knelsen finished 1st on Vault, 3rd on Floor, 4th on Uneven Bars and 10th on Beam. Bronze medal all-around.

Kadynce Stobie finished 5th on both Vault & Uneven Bars, 7th on Beam and 8th on Floor. Eighth all-around with a total score of 33.4

Age 13 and up:

Emily Britton finished 1st on Vault and 2nd on Uneven Bars, Beam and Floor. Gold all-around.

Kiera Thornton finished 1st on Uneven Bars and 3rd on Vault, Beam and Floor. Silver all around.

Advanced Category

Age 9:

Sydnie Driedger – First in vault, uneven bars, and floor. Third in beam. Gold all-around. 

Age 12:

Jewell Thompson  - First on beam, second on floor, third on both vault and uneven bars. Silver all-around. 

Age 13 and up:

Alaina Perron  - Second on beam, third on uneven bars, sixth on both vault and floor. Fourth all-around. 

Alexis Kennedy  - Fourth on both vault and floor. Sixth on both uneven bars and beam. Fifth all-around. 

Pre-Provincial 

Age 13 and up:

Kate Moggey  - Fourth on vault, beam, and floor. Fifth on uneven bars. Bronze all-around. 


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