Northern Alberta's Alicia V.R. King performs a wonderful routine on the beam.
Photo By Charlotte Nicolet
Northern Alberta won the Gold Ulu in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Competition on Tuesday at Kenai Middle School.
Alaska, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Yukon competed for the medal on vault, bars, beam and floor exercises.
On the uneven bars, Team Alberta was meticulous in their long extensions. With pointed toes and straight knees they did free hip circles to hand-stands, then ended with strong giants, and layout fly-a-ways for their dismounts.
“On the floor, the girls were powerhouses as they tumbled from corner to corner with switch-split leaps and strong choreography,” said spectator, Tami Oines Koerber,
“You go girl,” was shouted from the audience at every team’s start up. And when International Committee vice president Wendell Shiffler and Games general manager Tim Dillon presented the Ulu medals, the crowed roared. As the hullabaloo quieted, the audience stood for Alberta’s national anthem.
“The girls did very well, I’m really proud of how they did. They enjoyed it, had fun, and met gymnasts from other places,” said Coach Jonathon Mason, Northwest Territory. “It’s my first games and I’m very impressed on how it was organized, marvelous sports and people that you meet; great event for the children,” said Mason.
Mason’s comments were shared by many, including sports chair Melissa Daugherty. “The games went really well today,” she said. “Our volunteers pulled through; the gymnasts were wonderful; it really came together, I felt it at the end” she said.
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