Richmond gymnasts had a very successful tilt at the first ever virtual BC Championships recently.
Due to the pandemic, very few sports have been fortunate enough to quickly pivot to this as a new model of remotely evaluating and celebrating athletes’ performances.
And this year, more than 600 participants, of all ages, from 37 B.C. clubs competed in competed in Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG), Mens Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) and Trampoline Gymnastics (TG).
Overall, athletes from the Richmond Gymnastic Association (RGA) collected a number of prizes:
In the 2008 age category (JO6), Richmond’s Meher Bains was first on beam and overall fifth.
In the 2008 (JO7), Nadia Gambetti was first on vault and overall third.
In the 2007 age (JO8), Naomi Tsang was overall first after being first on both beam and bars.
In the 2003-2006 age category (JO8), Pavitt Bains was first on beam and overall second.
RGA’s entire JO8 team, even with just three athletes competing on it, achieved a commendable second place overall.
One of the RGA coaches, Veronika Pathak, said she was “very impressed with the results given the modified training schedules and interruptions for the past year or so.
“Now we can start looking forward to next year’s competition season. The girls have worked hard and the results show.
“It has been a tough year to train since we had to adapt to the constant changes. I believe the girls have come out mentally stronger as well.”