Chimo Gymnastics Hosts 13th Annual Island Competition


Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

February 12, 2013 Comox, BC (ISN) – Gymnasts from the island and the mainland gathered in Comox over the weekend to compete in the Chimo Gymnastics Club’s 13th annual “Pajama Party” Gymnastics Competition at the Comox Recreation Centre.

Looking more like a huge sleep-in, competitors wore their best pajamas and funkiest slippers to the meet to warm up in. When asked why bring a pajama party to a gymnastics competition, meet director Paulette Jalbert would simply state, “the reason is to build spirit.”   The pajama theme would seem to have the desired effect as both competitors and fans alike filled the Comox Recreation Centre with cheers of support for their respective teams and family members.

Falcon Gymnastics Stella Bodley-Scott poses for a floor routine finish in the KIP level during the Chimo PJ Gymnastics Competition over the weekend in Comox – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

Approximately 200 competitors flipped, tumbled and vaulted their way through the 2-day meet hoping for a podium spot in their prospective skill levels, others were  hoping for a berth at the Provincial High school Gymnastics Championships.

Host club Chimo Gymnastic’s Hanna Vallevend cartwheels along the beam to a first place finish in the Open – 1 division – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

Established in 1975, the Chimo Gymnastics Club hosted the gymnastic invitational competition.  This was the first island competition of 2013 for aspiring gymnasts on the Island. There are four other interclub meets scheduled throughout the year on Vancouver Island and will be held at various locations.

Chimo’s Taylor Howe demonstrates her balance on the beam – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

Chimo Gymnastics also held the North and Central Vancouver Island 2013 High School Gymnastics Trials which ran concurrently with the PJ competition.

Victoria’s Lion’s Pride competitor Josse Simard leaps across the beam during Tyro-1 level competition – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

The High School Gymnastics Trials lead up to the 2013, BC Provincial High School Gymnastics Championships. Fifteen different island high schools, from Mill Bay up to Port McNeil and Powell River, all challenged each other for the top island spot.

Competitors vaulted, flipped and tumbled over the weekend during the Chimo Gymnastics Competition in Comox – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

Victoria’s Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Club would impress on Saturday as all six of their young P1 Level competitors, all competing for the first time at their new skill level, they would place amongst their fellow competitors.

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Competitors were all smiles Saturday as they received their awards – Chimo Gymnastics Claire Knowles would place first, followed by Lion’s Pride Makenna Renaud-Kehoe (2nd – right ) and Josse Simard (3rd – far left) – Photo by Erich Eichhorn ( )

Final results were not available at reporting time.

The next competition up on the Vancouver Island Gymnastics circuit will be the Orca Invitational, held in Duncan on March 16th and 17th.