Golden performances by Jamaica’s gymnasts in Canada

The Level Three team of Victoria Lewis (left), Corrine Chin (centre) and Alexis McPherson pose with certificates and medals.

Jamaica’s Junior Development gymnasts established several gold ribbon performances at the Strathcona Challenge in Edmonton over the weekend.

The young gymnasts easily shook off their pre-tournament jitters as they opened Friday’s first day in good nick, courtesy of the Level Three team which won in all four age group categories.

Victoria Lewis, the youngest member of the Level three team at six years old, produced a strong performance to win the beam apparatus with a score of 9.4, after earlier breaking down in tears due to fright. Lewis also won on vault (9.6), the uneven bars (9.1), and on floor (9.6).

Corrine Chin also registered victories on vault (9.7), beam (9.2), and floor (9.3), but had to settle for silver on the uneven bars with a score of 8.8, while for Alexis McPherson was gold on vault (9.6) on vault, silver on beam (8.8) gold on bars (9.1), and gold on floor (9.3).

On Saturday’s second day of competition, the next batch of the Level Three team comprising Emilia Sharpe, Kimoya Banks and Telissa Robinson also gave a good account of themselves, placing second, fifth and sixth all-round, respectively.

Sharpe had earlier placed fifth on vault (9.1), first on uneven bars (9.7), fifth on beam (8.8) and third on floor (9.5).

Banks placed first on vault (9.3), eighth on bars (8.7), seventh on beam (8.0) and third on floor (9.4), while Robinson had a run of sixth on vault (8.8), fifth on bars (9.1), eighth on beam (8.0), and seventh on floor (9.2).

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Kyla Campbell had a flawless run in her Level Two competition, winning all her apparatuses with scores of 9.7 on vault, 9.7 on beam, 9.6 on bars, and 9.6 on floor.

The Level One team of Shalheema Lilly, Rihanna Williams, Qianna Neil and Yasheeka Fernandez all won gold to bring the curtains down on the first leg of competition for the Jamaicans on Sunday.

Lily had a run of 9.4 on vault, 9.8 on beam, 8.6 bars for silver, before claiming gold on floor with a score of 9.6, while Williams made a clean sweep with scores of 9.7 on vault, 9.4 on beam, 9.0 on bars and 9.7 on the floor.

Neil also had a gold rush with scores of 9.5 on vault, 9.6 on beam, 9.2 on bars, and 9.6 on floor, with Fernandez scoring 9.7 on vault, 9.8 on beam, 9.3 on bar and 9.7 on floor.

The team will now turn their focus on the Gymnix Challenge scheduled to begin today.