Golden time for gymnasts at Langley Events Centre

Langley Gymnastics Foundation
Langley Gymnastics Foundation's Kylie Macklin and Tyler Welch (below) display their prowess on the beam and rings, respectively at the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships. For two days, the best gymnasts from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba competed at the Langley Events Centre.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

Langley athletes felt right at home over the weekend, competing at the Western Canadian gymnastics championships.

The two-day meet featured hundreds of gymnasts at the Langley Events Centre.

Local club Langley Gymnastics Foundation had a handful of athletes on Team BC, helping their province win gold in four different age groups and a silver in another.

Tyler Welch (national open men) — fifth all-around, silver on both the floor and the high bars, fifth on pommel horse, sixth on the vault and seventh on both the rings and the parallel bars.

Kylie Macklin (national open women) — 11th all-around, sixth on the vault.

Amanda Neidig (national novice women) — 18th all-around.

Shayla Ogloff (provincial 5 novice women) — tied for eighth all-around, seventh on beam, floor and eighth on vault and bars.

Victor Blaine (level 4 men) — 13th all-around.

Welch, Neidig, Ogloff and Blaine also helped their respective teams to the gold medal, while Macklin helped B.C. win silver.

Twisters Gymnastics Club, which is based out of Abbotsford, also had Langley’s Kyle Machibroda-Ames competing in the national open category.

He helped B.C. win gold in the division, and individually, he was seventh all-around. Machibroda-Ames was tied for second on the high bar, fourth on the pommel, sixth on the parallel bars, seventh on the floor and ninth on the vault.

And Langley’s Cathy and Angel Zhong, who train with Coquitlam’s Omega Gymnastics Academy, were also at the competition, and both helped B.C. win gold in the team event.

In the national novice division, Angel Zhong won gold in the all-around, as well as gold on the pommel horse, second on the beam, fourth on the bars and fifth on the floor.

Cathy Zhong, in the pre-novice aspire division, won silver in the all-around. She was tied for third on the beam, tied for sixth on the parallel bars, and seventh in both the vault and floor.

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