Terrace Peaks celebrate season and history

The gymnastics club in Terrace BC will celebrate their 45th anniversary and successful season, with lots of medals from a meet in Smithers.

From the right

The Terrace Peaks Gymnastics Club showed strong progress in the Smithers Hollywood Invitational meet on June 4.

“They did very well, in terms of where they started the season and where they ended the season — the results show for themselves,” said coach Karl McPherson.

“I am very pleased with the progress that we made… we came home with a lot of medals.”

Hayden Taylor and Savannah Medeiros both won gold overall in their categories, and many of the other girls earned medals as well.

With 500 members in total this year, the club is gearing up for its annual year-end celebration on June 18, which will mark their 45th anniversary in Terrace. The young gymnasts will perform a final show, and there will be awards, a potluck, carnival games like a cake walk, dunk tank, and beanbag toss, and a historical slideshow and display board.

The Terrace Peaks Gymnastics Club was started in the early-‘70s by a group of four volunteers, including local coaches John and Ellen Simon and Les Orr, and the principal of Clarence Michiel Elementary School at the time.

The club was led by Ed Fairless and other parent volunteers in the Clarence Michiel Elementary School for many years. They borrowed the school’s equipment which they set up and took down every time.

Fairless decided that the club needed its own gym so that parents and gymnasts would not have to move equipment every time when they ran the program.

The club started fundraising and rallying volunteer help and finished building the brand new gym in Thornhill in 1991.

The new facilities have been well used and the club continues to grow.

They have been fundraising over the past several years for a $160,000-upgrade, where they will build new change rooms, men’s and women’s washrooms, and a new lobby and office area.

“We are more than two-thirds to our goal,” said Barclay Macdonald, a club director and volunteer parent.

They are starting the renovations this summer, applying for grants and working on final planning and permits. Down the road they hope to expand the main gym.

The Terrace results from the recent Smithers meet are as follows:

In the Jr. Olympics ages 13 and older against two competitors, Amelia Evans got third overall, gold in vault (9.45) and floor (8.95), silver on bars (8.0), and bronze on beam (7.6).

In the Jr. Olympics ages 11-12 against ten competitors, Savannah Medeiros won first overall, gold in bars (9.45), gold in floor (9.3), a tie for bronze in beam (8.9) and a tie for fourth in vault (9).

In the same age category, Ella Almgren finished tenth overall, earning bronze in bars (8.85), tying for seventh in vault (8.8), and eighth in beam (7.85).

In Jr. Olympics ages 9-10 against four competitors, Hayden Taylor won first overall, gold in bars (9.5), gold in beam (9.5), gold in floor (9.35), and bronze in vault (9.35).

In the same category, Carissa Nenninger finished second overall, tying for gold in vault (9.5), earning silver in floor (9.1), silver in beam (8.95), and bronze in bars (8.65).

Lily Macdonald finished fourth overall, with bronze in beam (8.7), and fourth in vault (8.9), floor (8.8), and bars (8.2).

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Northwest Regional Airport terminal project officially opens

Celebration today marks the completion of phase one of the Terrace-Kitimat airport expansion

Terrace Peaks wraps up season with year end show

Year end awards honoured seven athletes and one director for their work this past season

North coast represented on B.C.’s new Wild Salmon Advisory Council

Joy Thorkelson, James Lawson and Tasha Sutcliffe will help create strategies to protect B.C. salmon

Terrace Church’s Food Bank wins B.C. photo contest

A Terrace picture of a young girl donating her birthday money to the food bank was the winning shot

Tahltan to get $7-million annual cut of Brucejack tax revenue

The Tahltan First Nation will receive a $7-million annual share of the… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

QB Jennings leads Lions to 22-10 win over Alouettes

B.C. wins CFL home opener over Montreal

Most Read