Surrey gymnasts place well at nationals

Four athletes compete in Prince Edward Island

Gordie Kordas and Malcolm Herbert of the Surrey Gymnastics Society (SGS) placed in the top 10 at the Canadian Championships May 24-29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Kordas, a 16-year-old South Surrey resident, placed fifth all around in the High Performance Tyro group, just missing a medal on three events. He was fourth on floor, rings and high bar, and also placed sixth on pommel horse.

Herbert competed in the National Youth category, and was seventh all around.

A 15-year-old Surrey resident, he won a bronze medal with a third place score on vault.

“We were fortunate to have four boys qualify to represent B.C. at this event, and two of the boys showed some excellent results,” said SGS head coach John Carroll.

The other two athletes to compete in Charlottetown were Khalil Dhanji and Nicolas Apostol.

Dhanji, 14, placed 36th all around in the National Youth group.

Apostol, the youngest of the four SGS competitors, was in the High Performance Argo category and was 13th on parallel bars and 15th on floor in a group that included 44 gymnasts.

Herbert and Dhanji will compete once more before the end of the competitive season, taking part in the trials for the Western Canada Summer Games.

n Herbert won the all around title at the Men’s Trials for Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG), qualifying for the Aug. 10-14 event in Kamloops. Herbert, a student at Sullivan Heights Secondary, won the gold medal on rings and vault, and was also second on parallel bars and third on floor and high bar. He was also fifth on pommel horse.

Dhanji just missed a place on the six-member B.C. team. The Johnston Heights Secondary student was eighth all around after placing fourth on pommel horse and fifth on parallel bars. He will be the second alternate for Team B.C.

A second SGS athlete also qualified for the WCSG, as Sofia Savkovic, 14, won an all around bronze medal in the Provincial 5 Novice category. Savkovic won a gold medal on bars, placed fifth on floor and sixth on vault.

In Provincial 3 Novice, 13-year-old Emily Carroll of SGS won the all around gold medal with a second place score on vault and placing third on bars and beam. Teammate Marina Szabo , 12, of Cloverdale was fourth all around with a gold medal on bars and a silver on floor.

Also in the same category, SGS members Clarissa Rempel of Ladner placed seventh all around with a silver medal on bars, and Ray-Anne Quinn of Langley was second on beam.

Nicaela Little, 12, of Surrey was sixth all around in Provincial 2 Novice with a bronze medal on beam and a fifth place score on bars.

Lily Rio of Cloverdale won a silver medal on bars on her way to placing fifth all around in Provincial 2 Tyro. The 11-year-old was also fourth on vault and floor. Teammate Luci Kask, 11, was fifth on bars.

Also posting top five scores were Sage Bishop-Beaurone, 10, in Provincial 2 Argo (fifth on floor) and Isabelle Louie, 10, in Provincial 1 Tyro (fourth on beam).

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