Gymnasts from Kenora and Dryden ventured to Red Lake for a weekend fun meet hosted by the Mat Cats. While it was meant to be an event for those still thinking about pursuing a more competitive future, coach Martene Herbert of Red Lake said there were a couple who stood out.

Hannah Gula of Red Lake was the first ever from northwestern Ontario to reach level 9, with hopes of reaching the Pan-Am Games, while Trinity Mercer could become a first-ever national-level competitor. Both will travel to Montreal for the Gymnix international meet next week.

"It went really well. We were surprised at the turnout," said Herbert.

"Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun," she added, noting the group dance category

Kenora won the group competition with a very creative routine. Another meet in Sioux Lookout is scheduled for April.

Gula's 13 year-old, and in her fifth year is looking for a shot at the 2015 Pan-Am Games. After continued success this season, Gula's looking to step-up her training to about 20 hours a week, in order to reach her goal.

Trinity's in the pre-novice category at 9 years old. It's the youngest age group for national-level competition. Herbert says she's encouraged by the response from the community.

"It is coming back. I was in Edmonton -- up until about three years ago -- coaching elite gymnastics there. When I came back, the club was kind of suffering. We just kind of rebuilt, and last year we just had a huge meet with clubs from all over. I was really happy to see that the whole northwestern Ontario was growing," she said.

Beginner 7-9 yrs

Gymnast Club Vault Bars Beam Floor All Around

Cynthia Terry Dryden 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Dyllan StJean Red Lake 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 2nd
Kyla Calvert Dryden 1st 7th 4th 3rd 3rd
Shyana Picard Red Lake 4th 5th 3rd 2nd 4th
Darbie Beauchamp Red Lake 6th 2nd 5th 5th 5th
Kristy McFadden Red Lake 5th 3rd 6th 6th 6th
Kayli Machura Red Lake 7th 6th 7th 7th 7th

Beginner 10+ yrs

Gymnast Club Vault Bars Beam Floor All Around

Morgan Anderson Kenora 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Kristen Pacheco Dryden 7th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
Falynn Carlson Kenora 4th 6th 2nd 6th 3rd
Gracie Kantola Kenora 2nd 7th 4th 3rd 4th
Erin Green Red Lake 3rd 4th 6th 4th 5th
Rebecca Potter Red Lake 6th 2nd 5th 5th 6th
Geena Saskosky Red Lake 5th 5th 7th 7th 7th

Intermediate - All ages

Gymnast Club Vault Bars Beam Floor All Around

Madison Gan Kenora 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st
Elise Delaney Red Lake 2nd 2nd 7th 2nd 2nd
Kelsey Gan Kenora 3rd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd
Jasmine Fiddler Red Lake 4th 5th 3rd 4th 4th
Emma Robertson Dryden 7th 6th 2nd 5th 5th
Laura Reid Dryden 5th 4th 6th 6th 6th
Marissa Desserre Dryden 6th 7th 4th 7th 7th


Gymnast Club Vault Bars Beam Floor All Around

Ally Clement Red Lake 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Lylalee Soley Dryden 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd


Gymnast Club Vault Bars Beam Floor All Around

Hannah Gula Red Lake 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Trinity Mercer Red Lake 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd