Fraser Valley Blizzards gymnasts blow ’em away at state |

Fraser Valley Blizzards gymnasts blow ’em away at state

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
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Vaulters from ages 7 to 14 on the Fraser Valley Blizzards gymnastics team took home medals from Colorado’s state championship meet at Overland High School in Aurora on July 24-25.

On a Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics league as part of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District, four gymnasts from Grand County took three top spots and a sixth-place finish.

Megan Lavato, 14, placed first in the vault with a score of 8.2 during optional one competition against athletes ages 13-18.

Gabriele Blahnik, 13, placed second in the vault with a score of 8.2 in her optional two competition, ages 13-18.

Danielle Keen, 12, placed third in the vault in compulsory competition with a score of 8.1. And Cassidy Mays, 8, placed sixth with a score of 8.3.

Jordan Emergy, 8, Emily Jensen, 8, Robin Peterson, 9, and Jessica Blahnic, 10 also competed in the championship meet.

The Fraser Valley Blizzards gymnastics team is comprised of 20 athletes this year, the greatest number of participants since the team started six years ago, according to Blizzards head coach Hoppy Hayes. The competitive season runs from May to the end of July, culminating with regional and state meets.

“It was very stiff competition,” said Hayes about this year’s final meet. “I’m just really proud of them all. They all worked very hard.”

Along with assistant coach Amy Blahnik and part-time assistant Heather Hagler, Hayes worked with girls twice weekly to prepare them for competition.

“The rewarding thing for me is seeing improvement in the kids, and then the smile on their face when they get a new skill they’ve been working on all season,” Hayes said.

“CARA givens them the opportunity to push themselves and see how far they can go.”

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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