Buoyed by an impressive performance in late 2012, the Muskoka Limberettes are looking to set the bar even higher this weekend in two hometown gymnastics competitions.
The Bracebridge gymnastics club will be welcoming over 330 athletes from all corners of the province for the Muskoka Classic Invitational competition and an ensuing provincial qualifer. The Limberettes will be entering 15 of their own gymnasts in the competitions, which features vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor events.
The Muskoka Classic Invitational kicks on Friday, Feb. 8, and will feature athletes between the ages of seven and 16 competing in levels two through five.
Over the following two days, the Limberettes’ provincial team will be taking part in a provincial qualifier, which features athletes in levels five through nine.
“The Muskoka Classic Invitational Meet and the Muskoka provincial qualifier is a great opportunity for the Limberettes to show off their skills in their own back yard,” said Limberettes head coach Vivian Wright. “The girls are always so excited to be able to compete in Muskoka.”
In artistic gymnastics, athletes must compete in all four events, performing routines between 30 and 90 seconds in length. Scores are based on the difficulty of their routine and the quality of their performance.
Awards will be given in both individual events and for overall performance.
With 11 members, the provincial team has doubled in size this year.
Limberettes Kennedy White and Taylor Stevens will be competing in the level six, age 14 and over category. In that same age group, Stephanie Hulme will be competing in level seven, while Crystal Marchand will be competing in level eight. Leah Bissonette will be competing in the level six, 12-year-old category.
Among 11-year-olds, Madison Hughes will be competing in level eight, Taylor Milko in level six, and Abigale Slater and Willow Weiler in level five. Ten-year-old Emma Chilton will compete in level five, alongside 9-year-old Marisa Tomassoni in level five.
It will be the second of three qualifiers for the Limberettes provincial team, which is gunning for a spot at the provincial championships in April.
To secure a place in that championship, provincial-level athletes must place in the top 32 spots in the province after competing in three qualifiers.
In their first qualifier last December, the Limberettes brought home six medals, despite the fact that many of the competitors hadn’t competed at the provincial level before.