County gymnasts shine at meets


NEW GLASGOW — Members of the Pictou County Gymnastics Club did well at the 2018 Atlantic Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Summerside, P.E.I.

Grace MacEachern was an overall gold medalist and first in Team Level 5, while Abby Conrad was an overall silver medalist and first in Team Level 5 and Kaitlyn Diamond was third in vault on the first place Team Level 6.

Sophie MacIvor was seventh on vault and eighth on beam, while Andrew Fraser was an overall bronze medalist and Elijah White was sixth on pommels and eighth on vault.

Members of the club advanced to compete at the Atlantic event based on their achievements at the provincial championships.

Andrew Fraser was a Level 4 provincial champion and was named to both N.S. Atlantic and Eastern Canadian teams.

Elijah White took silver in Level 3 vault and added a bronze medal on floor, while Kaitlyn Diamond earned a silver medal in Open 6 floor.

Sophie MacIvor was second in Tyro 5 vault and fourth all-around.

Abby Conrad was a gold medalist in Novice 5 and provincial all-around champion, while MacEachern was a Novice 5 all-round silver medalist.

Fraser competed at the Eastern Canadian championships in Oshawa, Ont and was eighth on floor in a group of 24 competitors in his category.

Pictou County Gymnastics head coach Wendy Cruickshank said Fraser’s strongest disciplines are rings and floor.

“He’s already on the Nova Scotia High Performance team,” she said. “All of our kids did very well.”

She noted the two first place performances and a second place award the Nova Scotia men’s gymnasts achieved in Oshawa.

Competing against Ontario and Quebec, that’s a huge feat,” she said.

Fraser was not at the national championships that took place last weekend, but one of the Pictou County’s club’s coaches, Helena Gorina, did attend.

Members of the Pictou County Gymnastics Club competed at the 2018 Gymnastics Nova Scotia championships. From the left, front row are: Sophie MacIvor, Grace MacEachern and Elijah White. Back: Kaitlyn Diamond, Abby Conrad and Andrew Fraser. (Goodwin photo)