Okanagan Gymnastics Centre hosted the 31st annual Ogopogo Invitational last weekend, with more than 950 girls competing from B.C., Alberta and the Yukon representing 32 gymnastics clubs.

Five OGC athletes came away as all-around champions in their respective categories—Taya Renou in Level 3 Novice 1, Kaleah Lo in Level 3 Novice 3, Peyton Anderson in Level 4, Sydney Ortynski in Level 7 and Olive Fenske in Aspire 2.

In the Level 1 and 2 categories, the athletes earned a gold, silver or bronze ribbon based on the range of their scores. Lia Daniels, Keyanna Celedon-Davies, Allegra Butler, Hailey Holte, Victoria Schmidt, Kinsley McFadden and Gia Horniak finished with silver overall, while Cherry Jia Rui finished with a gold overall.

Taya Renou delivered a fabulous vault, scoring a perfect 10, and finished with the gold medal overall in the Level 3, novice 1 category. Jayde Bartel eared the gold on bars and bronze on vault.

In the Level 3, novice 2 category, Leila Turner finished with silver on floor, bronze on vault and second overall. Amelie Cantin finished with a fourth on both vault and the balance beam.

Kaleah Lo represented OGC in the Level 3, novice 3 category and finished first overall after earning a gold on floor and silvers on balance beam and bars.

Noora Tanha finished second overall in the Level 3, Jr. 1 category after earning gold on vault with a score of 9.9, a silver on floor and a bronze on beam. Zoe Burnett finished third overall after earning a gold on beam and a bronze on vault.

In the Level 4 novice category, Payton Anderson won gold overall, finishing first on bars, second on vault and beam and earning bronze on the floor exercise.

Madison Parnell won bronze overall after finishing first on beam, while Brielle Leach earned a bronze on vault.

Lexi Crawford competed in the Level 5 junior category finishing seventh overall. Stella Zobel finished ninth overall in the Level 5 senior category after finishing fifth on beam. Hartley Jones represented OGC in the Level 7 novice category, placing seventh overall.

In the Level 7 senior category, OGC dominated on the vault with Caitlin Keeler placing first with a score of 9.725, Sydney Ortynski taking second with a 9.425 and Katie Flaten earning the bronze with a 9.350.

Ortynski also won the gold on bars and silver medal on the balance beam, while Keeler earned herself a silver on bars.

In Level 8, Morgan Clark won a bronze medal on vault. Natalia Simeunovic finished third overall after she earned a gold on beam and a bronze on bars in the Level 9 category, while Miah Denis finished with a silver medal on the balance beam.

Kyleigh Crawford finished with a sixth place on beam. In the Aspire 1 category, Milani Ritchie finished first on vault, while Rae Roworth earned a bronze on vault. Olive Fenske finished first overall in the Aspire 2 category with her best performance being on the vault.

In Performance categories, athletes earn gold, silver or bronze ribbons based on their scores.

In Performance Plus, Emma Sinclair, Zairie Bredeson, Abby Arnold, Catalina McCosker and Jayden Van Leenen finished with a silver overall, while Jasmin Kallushy finished with a gold overall.

In Performance Challenge, Shaynne Stewart finished with a gold ribbon, while Aida Hedstrom, Eliza Bell, Olivia Lewis and Hannah Unruh won silver.

The high school gymnastics program is unique in that it provides athletes ranging from beginners to competitive level the opportunity to compete for their schools. Nyah Hedstrom placed first overall in the HS 2 Level after winning gold on bars, while Olivia Pilato won bronze on bars and overall in the category. Charlotte Ford also performed well, earning a silver on vault.

In the HS 3 Level, Hannah Maeusel placed first on beam and third on vault. Jordan Hilverda placed fourth on bars while Hailey Johnson’s best performance was on the balance beam.

OGC athletes dominated the HS 4 Level where Laura Siegnthaler, Olivia Dunley and Ella Simmons swept the podium.

Rebecca Koschny earned gold on bars and beam and silver on floor in HS 5.

This story appeared on page B2 of the June 15 edition of The Okanagan Weekend.

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