Miranda Estlin practises her beam footwork during North Island Secondary School’s gymnastics team practice. The team was successful at their recent competition and looks forward to more success at their next competition in North Vancouver

Miranda Estlin practises her beam footwork during North Island Secondary School’s gymnastics team practice. The team was successful at their recent competition and looks forward to more success at their next competition in North Vancouver

Gymnasts soar at zone qualifiers

Rings, ribbons and accolades were all on display for Port McNeill North Island Secondary School’s Gymnastics

Rings, ribbons and accolades were all on  display for Port McNeill North Island Secondary School’s Gymnastics team during provincial zone qualifiers Feb. 15 and 16 in Comox, B.C.

Ten out of the 11 members who competed placed.

Of the 11, Miranda Estlin took first in the girls’ junior level and fellow team member Aija Nelson placed second.

“For our zone, four of our girls in level one juniors placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

“When we had the Mid Island zone competing with us (we) actually ended up placing 1st, 2nd, and 4th,” said coach Joy Zwicker.

The team’s next competition will take place at the BC Secondary School Gymnastics championships at Sutherland Secondary in Vancouver B.C. taking place from March 5 to 7.

Estlin said, that despite placing highly in their most recent competition, the team will have their work cut out for them at this event, given that they will be competing against much large schools.

However, she is confident of their potential to place highly again.

“It’s a good accomplishment for our school, because we are such a small town. However, I feel we are only getting stronger,” said Estlin.