Young athlete floors the competition for silver medal

Oak Bay's Ava Stewart scored silver at the provincial tumbling competition

Oak Bay athlete Ava Stewart scored silver at the recent provincial tumbling competition in Langley.

Stewart was among the medal-winners during the provincial trials in March, earning a place at recent provincials.

Her Falcon Gymnastics team sent 13 athletes to the 2016 Artistic Gymnastics BC Championships April 15 to 17 in Langley, where 900 athletes from B.C. and Saskatchewan competed in men’s artistic gymnastics, women’s artistic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics.

Stewart competed against 39 athletes in the Junior Olympic level 6 (2004) competition. Her training and hard work paid off with a beautiful performance on the floor, earning her a silver medal and eighth place all-around.

“I want to add some new skills to my floor routine next year. Maybe another tumbling line with a full twist,” Stewart said. “I’m happy with my results but I really wanted the gold.”

She has had a consistent season with her floor routine and is excited about making it better.

Her goal is to perform her uneven bar routine in competitions the way she trains and move up to JO level 7.

“For some reason I’m good at training bars but it all falls apart at competitions. It’s been a hard year for me on bars. I have two more competitions this season and my goal is to compete my bar routine cleanly. I need to do this so I can move to level 7.”

Stewart continues to train 16 hours a week at her Saanich club gym in anticipation of the Delta Invitational / Cash and Carry Cup held at the Richmond Olympic Oval from May 5 to 8.