Gymnasts aim for medals at BC Winter Games

Fraser Valley team to compete in Vernon this weekend.

A medal threat at this weekend’s B.C. Winter Games is the very deep gymnastics team from the Fraser Valley, a group that features seven of the 19 athletes calling Surrey or White Rock home.

The Fraser Valley zone is comprised of the communities of Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission and Hope.

The B.C. Winter Games are Feb. 23-26 in Vernon.

Local gymnasts on the Fraser Valley team include Allyson Armstrong, Haley Biggin, Jordanne Dunbar, Duncan Losin, Deandra McNaught, Aidan Page of Surrey, and White Rock’s Abby Strand.

“Zone Three is sending a very strong team that has the ability to finish in the top three in the team standings,” said Stephanie Marner, the Fraser Valley zone representative for gymnastics.

Marner lists Dunbar, Armstrong, Biggin and Langley athlete Madison Whelband as possible medal contenders.

“Jordanne and Madison are both level 4 gymnasts, they should both do very well at the games,” said Marner. “Ally and Haley are Level 3, they should also do very well.”

Other members of the Fraser Valley team include Brenden Ansell, Elijah Horner, Cohen Kiers, Emily Moorthy, Curtis Olivier and Dawson Friesen of Abbotsford, Mackenzie Budy and Cameron Jarvis of Langley, Shi Yun Lum and Madelyn McPhee of Coquitlam and Shayla Ogloff of Maple Ridge.

The coaching staff comprises head coach Marc Naubert of Abbotsford and assistants Sean Eldridge of Surrey, Shallon Heinzig of Abbotsford, Jonathan Osers of Langley and Krystal Fraser of Coquitlam.

For more Black Press stories on the BC Winter Games, go to http://www.bclocalnews.com/SpecialEvents/BCWinterGames/

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