|Olga Gorodnichy, 10, is one of nine Les Sittelles gymnasts who won an all-around gold medal at their level and age group at the club’s Envol meet earlier this month. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
The Club de gymnastique Les Sittelles played host to more than 300 gymnasts from across Ottawa and as far away as Kingston and Northumberland earlier this month during the 33rd annual ENVOL meet.
The gymnasts, age 7-17, competed on floor, balance beam, vault and uneven bars at eight different levels based on their ability and skill.
Joanie Fortier and Chelsea Jocelyn led the way for the host club, with each girl winning three gold medals and a silver on the individual apparatus on their way to winning the overall gold medal at their respective levels and age groups.
Joanie won three gold medals on floor, vault and uneven bars, as well as a silver medal on beam, to win the overall gold medal in the Level 4, age 14 and over division, and Chelsea finished first on floor, beam and uneven bars to go along with a silver medal on vault to win the overall title in the Level 6, Age 12 group.
Fellow Les Sittelles gymnast Maia Ford won the competition for the overall gold medal in Level 7, Age 13 and 14 group with a pair of first place results on vault and the uneven bars, a second place finish on beam and a fourth place result on floors.
Audrey Bégin-Dumont placed first in the Level 2 Age 12 division thanks in large part to her first place performances on the vault and uneven bars.
Another Les Sittelles gymnast, Noëmie Lalonde, finished at the top of the podium in the Level 3, Age 10 division with first place performances on the uneven bars and beam contributing to her overall standing at the top of the podium.
Marie Lalonde placed first in the overall standings in the Level 3, Age 12 division with first place result on floor and uneven bars, a second place on vault and a fourth place performance on floor.
Klara Hrycaj managed to finish on top of the podium in the overall competition in the Level 3, 14 and over age group with a first place result on vault and uneven bars, a second place finish on floor and a third place result on beam.
Not to be outdone by her Les Sittelles teammates, Olga Gorodnichy, won the gold medal in Level 4, Age 10 division mainly due to a first place result on vault and podium finishes on floor and uneven bars.
Finally, Rose MacDonald won the all-around competition in the Level 4, Age 13 group with a pair of first place results on floor and uneven bars, a third place finish on vault and a fourth place on beam.
Five other Les Sittelles gymnasts placed second in the all-around competition at their respective levels and age groups:
• Lili-Jade Coté placed second overall in the Level 3, Age 11 group.
• Maëlle Paquette placed second overall in the Level 4, Age 11 group.
• Stacey Wilu Wilu placed second overall in the Level 4, Age 12 group.
• Geneviève Bertrand-Nadon placed second place overall in the Level 7, Age 15 and over group.
• Aurelie Brisson medaled on all four apparatus in the Level 8, 14 and over competition, including gold on both vault and beam, but it was not enough to win the overall gold medal as she finished less than half a point behind Leni Frasca from the Corona Gymnastics Centre in Nepean.
Overall, the Club de gymnastique Les Sittelles had a tremendously successful meet, winning nine gold, five silver and nine bronze overall medals which is a testament to the level of coaching at the gym and the dedication and commitment of their young athletes.