SEVERALl young Terrace gymnasts earned recognition for their clean flips and jumps at the zone championships in Prince George recently.
Lily Macdonald jumped into overall first place in the junior olympic three division, and Carissa Nenninger and Savannah Medeiros won awards for the best showing in a specific category.
Zones were May 12-14, and for Lily Macdonald, it is her consistency that won the day.
“She’s very consistent, she hits four for four (in her training) every week,” said coach Karl McPherson.
“The way she trains is the way she competes. You have some kids who train really well, and they get to a meet and nerves and everything else comes into play, whereas she is very systematic in her training and she can transfer that to meets.
“That’s why she is always winning,” he said
But McPherson says it is not that Macdonald doesn’t face feelings of nervousness, but rather she’s able to manage her nerves.
It’s something Macdonald herself confirmed, saying she felt really nervous in this last championship because that it was her last meet of the year.
Talking about her gold-winning vault performance, Macdonald shared some of the nerves she felt.
“Usually when I’m nervous, I bite my lip… so before I went, I bit my lip a lot,” she said.
But despite her nerves, Macdonald performed smoothly against the 19 other young gymnasts, winning first place in vault, second in both beam and floor, and third in bars.
Nenninger won the award for the best overall vault performance.
Savannah Medeiros won the overall award for beam .
Haydyn Taylor and Taeler Linteris also both won first in vault at the zone championship, which wraps up the gymnastics season.