by Karyne Bailey
January 28, 2014 (ISN) – Local Gymnast Hayley Baker was a vital part of Team BC, leading them to a Silver Medal at the National Stream Cup in Montreal on the weekend of the 19th of January.
She earned Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics their first ever National Medal for the young club. Hayley contributed 3 scores to boost the team score above Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
This was Hayley’s first National competition, competing against girls up to the age of 21, some 6 years older than her, but that did not phase her at all.
She qualified for the event final in Vault and was an alternate on the floor event. She had a beautiful handstand on the bar which had some of the judges stating that it was the best of the competition.
She finished 13th on bars and although not one of Hayley’s strongest events, this was a great result for her and did aid Team BC to the Silver.
On Saturday Hayley competed in the first National Event Final for her club. She competed her Front Front vault and had a small step on the landing, receiving a score of 13.40, missing the bronze medal by .1!
The small step was the difference between a Silver Medal and 4th place as a step is a deduction of .3. Although a tough pill to swallow being that close to a medal, this was a tremendous result finishing 4th in Canada on the event.
Hayley has shown that she can compete against the big clubs across the country and is motivated to improve her skills and fair even better during her next National competition. Head Coach Olga Mataganova is very pleased with Hayley’s consistent performance, especially for her first ever National Competition.