The Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament (GFI) is pleased to announce that for the first time in tournament history Australia will be coming to Grand Forks. The Geelong Baycats will be representing the Australian Baseball Federation. Their team manager, Nathan Holmes, said, “The Geelong Baycats are extremely proud to be offered an invitation to this prestigious tournament. Our players are thrilled at the opportunity of representing Australian baseball and the Geelong community on the international stage in Grand Forks.” Australia will take its place alongside other nations who have previously participated at the GFI. Taiwan, Japan, China, Russia and Mexico have all been here. However, one tournament record will be broken even before play begins on Aug. 31 – this will be the farthest any team has travelled to attend this tournament. Geelong is a city of almost 200,000 and is in Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia. Melbourne, 75 kilometres from Geelong, is its capital. The Geelong Baseball Club has been very active in developing the sport in Australia. This season the Baycats won their first ever Division One Club Championship and made their second appearance in the Championship series, losing a hotly contested final to the Waverly Wildcats. They were selected as the Club of the Year and Nathan Holmes received Coach of the Year honours. They have arguably the best playing facility in Australia. There are about 25 baseball players from Australia who have made it to the major leagues. The Geelong Baycats organization has long been producing young baseball talent and their most recognizable export to the big leagues in the United States is Graeme Lloyd. Lloyd pitched for 10 years while playing for 7 different clubs which included helping the New York Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and ’98. Most fittingly he also played for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos during his pro career. His birthplace was Geelong, Victoria, Australia. And years later the team from his home town will participate in Canada’s richest invitational baseball tournament. In the letter confirming their attendance at the GFI they wrote, “We can’t wait for the umpire to call ‘Play Ball’ on our first game in Grand Forks. City of Grand Forks, province of BC and yes, even Canada, get ready, plan to be at the GFI August 31 to September 5 for the Aussies are coming!
“Our new competitors really cleaned up in this category,” said Long. “Many of these girls will be moving into the higher competitive levels next season.”In the 8-9 year age-group, Olivia Bezaire won the gold All Around and a silver and bronze medal on events. Shelbi van Hellemond, took the silver All Around and a gold and silver medal on events. Eden Bellman won gold on Floor. Neve Hamilton claimed bronze on vault.In the 10 year age-group, Alexa Anast, won the gold All Around and two gold and a silver medal on events. Raven Sperling, won silver All Around and a gold and two silver event medals. Tehya Colbeck claimed the All Around bronze and one gold and 2 silver event medals. Kate May took home a gold, silver and bronze medals on events. Chloe Diote won 2 bronze event medals.In the 11-year age-group, Ashlynn D’Alessandris won 5 medals, Silver All Around, and 2 gold, and 2 bronze event medals. Suki Simington claimed two event medals, one gold, one silver.In the 12 year age-group, Lily Taylor won gold All Around, gold on three events and one event silver. Amanda Schacher was Silver All Around, and also won two silver and one gold event medal. Elisa Clark was the bronze All Around winner, and won silver on beam.Mercedes Majeski took home a bronze event medal.The Glacier coaching team is delighted with the performances of the new competitors the Zone 1 (JO Pre-Level 6) Glacier Team won the 1st Place Team Award by a landslide. “Their dedicated training has paid off for them,” says Long.The Glacier High School Girls Team also won the first Place Team Award.In the High School Level 1 category, Taila Lancaster won gold All Around and two gold and one silver event medal. Peyton Whitaker claimed the silver All Around and one silver and 2 bronze event medals. Erika Bennet won a gold and a bronze event medal. Allysa Penner also won two event medals, one silver and a bronze.Megan Poetsch, cleaned up in the High School Level 2 category, winning the gold All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze event medals.Nelson’s Trampoline gymnasts all won medals on each discipline, testing out new skills for the upcoming BC Trampoline Provincials in Port Moody May 15-17.In the Double-Mini Event, Matthew Bullen won gold in the boys event and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery was close behind winning the silver medal. Zoe Crisfield won gold in the girls Double-mini category. In the Trampoline Event, Chris Lawrence-Jeffery claimed the gold medal and Matthew Bullen won the bronze medal in the boys category. Zoe Crisfield also won the bronze medal in the girls event.Other personal accomplishments of the Glacier Team over the weekend occurred in the Perfomance Plus category.Glacier Gymnasts earning All Around Gold in the Gymnastics Performance Plus category: Erica Potkins, Nyah Hedstrom, Ella Taylor, Simone Hildebrand, Sarah Roberstson, Fiona Burkholder, Ally Nicholson, Elsa Sollid, Aida Hedstrom, Macy Weston, Aurora Dool, Ava Anast, Abby Ens.Earning an All Around Silver: Amelia Finley, Bella GrillEarning an All Around Bronze: Neeva Marechal.Glacier Trampoline Perfomance Plus accomplishments: Double Mini Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox & Benji Westergreen. Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox, Silver: Benji Westergreen. Age was not a factor during the zone gymnastics meet held at the Glacier Gym Club Saturday and Sunday.Nine-year-old Abby Majeski, 10-year-old Brianne Stefani and 13-year-old Olivia Kelly won the lion’s share of the medals to pace the host Glacier Club at the 2015 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships this past weekend in Nelson.The trio of BC Provincial Champions paced the Glacier Team in medal count in the Junior Olympic (JO) categories. “All the girls are finishing off the season with very strong routine performances,” said Long. “It is a strong indicator of success for next season as some of the girls will be trying out for the BC Winter Games team.”The meet attracted more than 200 athletes from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.Stefani claimed the All Around silver medal and another two gold, and one bronze for events in the JO Level 7 category competing against gymnasts 4-6 years older than her.Kelly repeated her Provincials performance in the JO Level 6, 13 &up category, winning Silver All Around and a medal on each event, two-silver, a gold and a bronze.Majeski also walked away with five medals in the JO Level 6, 9-10years category, silver All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze for events.Other Glacier Gymnasts winning JO event medals: Dafni van Hellemond (10-11yrs), silver on JO Level 6 vault. Maika Houde (13-and-up), bronze on JO Level 6 beam.Sarah Tolles (all ages), 2 silvers JO Level 7, vault and beam. Kylee Dyck (all ages), silver on JO Level 8 bars.The Glacier JO Level 6-8 team earned the second place Team Award coming in behind the Key City Gymnastics Team from Cranbrook.“Cranbrook has an older more experienced team,” said Long. “But our young girls are polished with excellent technique and held their own, missing out on 1st place by only three tenths of a point.” Long says that the girls are hard working, confident and consequently are raising the level of gymnastics being performed at the Nelson Club.“The up and coming beginner competitive Glacier Team looks to these girls for inspiration and role modeling and the effect was obvious in the results of the new competitors on the weekend.”The beginner competitors of Glacier Gymnastics won three out of the four All Around titles in the Zone 1 Competitive (JO Pre-Level 6) category.
The 4th Annual Santa Anita Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship (SAWC) announced a new Winner’s Circle KidsQ contest for 2015. Held in parallel with the State BBQ Championship on Saturday, March 21st, the KidsQ will be a head-to-head BBQ grill off in two age groups: 6-10 and 11-15.To make sure that this is truly a kids competition, officials stress that while each contestant will have one adult assistant, the child contestant must perform the majority of all work including: seasoning, marinating, tending, preparing, and turning in entries. The SAWC does encourage special needs children to enter and will make appropriate accommodations before the event begins.To encourage support from friends, there will be multiple kid-friendly activities available at Santa Anita Park including: bounce houses, face painting, and pony rides.This is a sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) event and the judging of KidsQ entries will be on their standards and weighting factors for appearance, taste, and tenderness. For details on the judging and scoring system, visit the KCBS website.The event will provide meat as well as grills courtesy of The Virtual Weber Bullet contestants are free to keep – and expected to take home.The junior chefs of the top three entries for each age group will receive plaques.For full details, rules, and entry forms for the SAWC KidsQ visit http://www.santaanitabbq.com/kidsq/About The Virtual Weber Bullet & The Virtual Weber Bulletin BoardThe Virtual Weber Bullet is your best source for Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker information on the Web. Popular with competition barbecue teams, the WSM is an easy-to-use water smoker that’s equally at home in the backyard and is built with the same quality you expect from a Weber grill. Visit The Virtual Weber Bullet for 200+ articles about the WSM and its component parts, recipes, usage tips, modification ideas, and other BBQ-related resources. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.virtualweberbullet.comThe Virtual Weber Bulletin Board is the premier online discussion forum for Weber charcoal grills, gas grills, smokers, portable grills, and accessories. Meet fellow Weber enthusiasts, ask questions, share recipes, troubleshoot problems, buy/sell grills, and so much more. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.tvwbb.comFor Immediate Release Contact: Ric Gilbert – 408-219-1041 or email@example.com