Gymnast MacLane scales new heights


NEW GLASGOW — Jake MacLane has become a promising gymnast.

MacLane is reaching elite athlete status at the Pictou County Gymnastics Club while becoming more proficient with various gymnastics disciplines that include vault, rings, high bar and parallel bar.

Now nine years old, MacLane has been a gymnast for four years and enjoys competing at the various meets he has attended.

“The events are fun,” he said.

MacLane said he appreciates the instruction he has received from head coach Wendy Cruickshank.

“Wendy’s a great coach,” he said. “She knows a lot and teaches me new things.”

Cruickshank said she is impressed with MacLane. “He’s an excellent athlete, very strong work and works hard,” she said. “He has a lot of natural ability.”

MacLane was among the more than 30 club competitive members, all of whom qualified for the Gymnastics Nova Scotia championships that took place from April 5 to 7 in Dartmouth.

“It’s amazing they all did it in their first qualification,” Cruickshank said. “It’s very satisfying and it takes a lot of pressure off them. We could not be prouder of their accomplishments.”

MacLane was Elite I pommel and parallel bar champion at the meet, while Jehona Durdle was Level I Under-12 provincial vault champion. Spencer White was Level II 12-and-over champion, while Dale Osgood was Level I 12-and-over champion. And Cohen White was third in Level 1 Under-12 vault.

Girls’ events included seven levels.

In Open Level 6, Maddie Hawley was open silver medalist, while Josie Conrad was floor champion and fourth overall, Alexis Linthorne was third on balance beam and fifth overall and Ari Hislop was sixth on both vault and uneven bars.

Abby Conrad was Novice Level 6 champion, while Sophie MacIvor was seventh in vault.

Alana MacKinnon was Novice Level 5 champion.

In Tyro Level 5, Enja George was provincial champion, while Hayley Oakley was fifth on balance beam, Chloe Nanton was 10th on balance beam and Brooklyn Francis was 13th on vault.

In Novice Level 4, Ainjelina Batchilder was floor champion, while Trinity Billard was second on balance beam, Kate Koch was fifth in vault, floor and uneven bars and Makayla MacKinnon was fourth in vault.

In Tyro Level 4, Marlee Paul was second on balance beam, while Alexis MacDonald was third on balance beam and Olivia Wilson was eighth on balance beam and bars.

I Argo Level 3, Noella Fraser was sixth overall, while Maria Driscoll was fifth on balance beam, Elisa Amirault was 13th on bars and Lileigh Sutherland was 14th on vault and balance beam.

Durdle, MacKinnon, Abby Conrad, Josie Conrad, Hawley and George are six club athletes qualified to join Team Nova Scotia for the Atlantic championships slated for April 26 to 28 in Fredericton, N.B.

Cruickshank will be joined by fellow coaches Erin Simpson, Melissa Cruickshank and Helena Gorina at the meet.

Head coach Wendy Cruickshank helps Jake MacLane with his form on the parallel bars. (Goodwin photo)