Aerials capture four all-around titles at provincial artistic gymnastics competition

Dave Leaderhouse
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Published on May 15, 2014

The Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club once again proved they are a power to reckon with in artistic gymnastics competitions as the local club finished third overall in the team standings with four members winning all-around titles at the provincial gymnastics championships held in Moose Jaw on the weekend. The Aerials had just seven female members compete in the event as injuries have hampered some of the gymnasts this year, but those seven, along with six male competitors, all turned in spectacular performances. Shown in the photo are the female artistic gymnasts who competed at provincials. Front row, from left, Dilynn Bell, Madelyn Antaya and Shelaine Pritchard. Back row, from left, Laura Placsko, Lexis Storoschuk and Hayden Gratias. Missing is Samantha Caisse. Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse

Even with a line-up reduced by injury the Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club once again showed the rest of the province they are one of the premiere artistic gymnastics groups in Saskatchewan as they captured four all-around titles and finished third overall in team points at the provincial championships held in Moose Jaw last weekend.

In total, the 13 members that travelled to Moose Jaw captured more than 20 medals with Laura Placsko (P4 Novice), Shelaine Pritchard (P2 Argo), Samantha Caisse (P3 Tyro) and Carter Boden (Level 1 over-10 boys) claiming all-around titles for their respective divisions.

“We are very pleased,” acknowledged Aerials head coach Mike Amouri prior to a training session earlier this week. “Ariel (Crawford), myself and Bryce (Elliott) – (Aerials coaches) are excited about our team.”

“Now we are getting back to work and strengthening the basics to be even stronger next year,” added Amouri.

Pritchard was the most dominant of the local contingent winning gold medals in all four disciplines – floor exercises, balance beam, vault and parallel bars - while Placsko was also presented with the provincial award for choreography on the balance beam in addition to her all-around honour.

To get the all-around titles Boden won the floor and rings competitions in his category while Placsko topped the field on the balance beam and Caisse won the floor exercises with Pritchard leading the way in every event in her division.

In addition to the all-around titles other local gymnasts winning medals included: Hayden Gratias – floor and vault in P5 Open; Madelyn Antaya – floor in P1 Argo; Lexis Storoschuk – floor in P2 Open; Jesse Georget – rings in P3 boys; Billy Georget – parallel bars and rings in Level 2 boys; Joshua Smith – vault and high bar in Level 2 boys; Jase Martin – rings, parallel bars, pommel horse and high bar in P1 under-10 boys; Ben Graner – floor in P1 under-10 boys. Dilynn Bell also competed, but came up just short of reaching the podium.

One more major competition remains on the schedule with Crawford – who competes in addition to coaching the younger members – heading to the national championships in Ottawa at the end of the month.

The Aerials will be hosting a training camp on June 8 for the provincial hopefuls who will be trying out for the team to represent Saskatchewan at the Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo next summer with the Aerials to have several members vying for spots on that squad.

Registrations are also being accepted for a number of week-long summer camps at the High Noon Optimist Centre with significant savings in place for those who sign up before June 1. More information on the camps, or any of the other programs offered by the Aerials, can be obtained by calling 306-922-4812.

Organizations: Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club, High Noon Optimist Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, P1 Argo Ottawa Western Canada Wood Buffalo

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