(Left to right: Myka Nikitiuk, Pyper Testawich, Emma Angus, and Sage Peters) The Terrace Peaks Gymnastics Club competed in their first international competition in Oahu, Hawaii from January 18-21. (Contributed Photo)

Terrace gymnasts score top half in Hawaii competition

Nine girls from Peaks Gymnastics represented Canada at first international event

With chalky hands and sun-screened faces, nine girls from Terrace cartwheeled on a Pacific island as part of their first international competition.  

The Terrace Peaks Gymnastics represented Canada in the 43rd annual Aloha Gymfest competition in Oahu, Hawaii from January 18-21.

“The goal was to be in the top half and they exceeded that,” says coach Karl McPherson. “The team did amazing, they were shocked when they all got called up for awards.”

The gymnasts competed in the Junior Olympic levels and were evaluated on four skillsets — vault, bars, beam and floor. Scores are tallied based on the difficulty of their routine, with points deducted off that total for each mistake. The perfect score is 10.0 in each category, resulting in an overall score out of 40.

In the level three category, Myka Nikitiuk came in sixth against other competitors but scored the highest in the team with a score of 35.350. In the same category, but different division, Emma Angus came in third on floor and fourth all-around, following Myka closely with a total score of 35.000.

This event was the club’s first ever international competition, which included over 450 young gymnasts from the UK, Australia, Japan, Guam and the US.

READ MORE: Terrace Skating Club takes first spot in regional championships

Although the hot weather was too much for some, McPherson says that they all came back with a more global perspective — which is what he was hoping they would gain.

“I think overall it was not just a sports trip but a very educational and social trip for the kids… I think it’s changed them because now they believe in their process, that being part of a national team or going to more international events is a possibility.”

He adds that alongside having the chance to enjoy the beaches and even do some snorkeling, meeting other young gymnasts with the same interests was the biggest takeaway.

“The best part is that they met other kids from different parts of the world that love to do what they do,” says McPherson. “For example, it was kind of cute to see the little ones play with the kids from Japan. They don’t speak the same language but somehow they figured out how to communicate with each other.”

Having worked towards the competition for three years, McPherson says that there definitely were some nerves for their team, especially during warm-ups, but the Terrace gymnasts just had to reframe their mindset to approach it as “just another competition” in the Northwest.

READ MORE: Wilson returns to Pacific Crest Trail undeterred

As part of their gymnastics training, he says that whenever they receive feedback on their technical issues on their competition floor, they then focus on their mental visualization to help them better perform.

“You can train it as much as you want physically, but it’s more of that mind-body connection that helps you become more aware and that’s the only way that you’re going to improve on your score.”

And for the team, that mental stamina is important, especially as their return from Hawaii is a transition into the busiest time of the season for the club as they prepare for their next event.

The Terrace Peaks Gymnastics will be hosting the Annual Invitational from Mar. 1-3, which will be a qualifier event for the BC Championships this year.

“They’re kind of tired so we’re taking it easy and going through a bit more foundation right now and try to figure out the issues we’ve had in Hawai and how we can control that.”

For some of the younger gymnasts that stayed behind, this will be their first time competing.

“The anxiety of going to championships is there sometimes for these kids, but it’s all part of becoming a better gymnast.”


 


natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation load lobster traps on the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., after launching its own self-regulated fishery on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. When Jaime Battiste was in his early 20s, cable news channels were full of images of Mi’kmaq fishermen in New Brunswick battling federal fisheries officers over seized lobster traps. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
Nisga’a Lisims Government calls on Prime Minister to act in N.S. fisheries dispute

NLG President: “We are shocked by what’s happening in Nova Scotia”

A nurse prepares a flu shot. The public vaccine for the 2020-2021 flu season is now in pharmacies in Terrace. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Private flu vaccines scarce at Terrace pharmacies

Public flu vaccines still available for those with greatest need

“We have to make a call out to address this now so our people don’t have to feel fearful,” said Tribal Chief Mina Holmes. (Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Facebook photo)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council seeks Indigenous-led task force in northern B.C. hospitals

Request made in an open letter to federal minister Carolyn Bennett

Ellis Ross (left), BC Liberal party, celebrated with his wife, Tracey after being named the preliminary winner of the 2020 snap provincial election.
Ross presumptive Skeena winner in snap B.C. election

Election outcome will not be official until mail-in ballots are counted

Voting has officially closed throughout B.C. for the 2020 snap provincial election. (Clare Rayment)
Map of Skeena polling stations

Watch the updates on the map below as polling stations are counted throughout Skeena riding

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
2 men accused of fleeing border agents near U.S.-B.C. border with $2M in drugs

Cocaine and methamphetamine seized by U.S. law enforcement in remote Idaho area near Canadian border

Most Read