Delta Gymnastics’ Ryan Woodhead will be competing in Team BC colours later this month at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
The Canada Games are the biggest multi-sport event in the country for national competitors 18 years and under. Woodhead recently qualified and was one of the final 16 gymnasts trying out to make the team.
“For Ryan this will be a springboard for international competition,” says Chris Sheremeta, Delta Gymnastics Men’s Competitive Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of confidence in Ryan’s abilities and know he will do well.”
Woodhead is competing in three events — the pommel horse, parallel bars and high bars. In the qualifier, he produced the best scores in parallel bars and pommel horse of the group.
“I’m so excited to represent BC at the Canada Winter Games which happens every four years,” enthused Woodhead. “I really pushed myself to have a shot at making the team and it paid off.”
Recovering from multiple injuries, Woodhead worked extremely hard to achieve what he has.
“The Games will give him the experience of competing as part of a team and the exposure and recognition is tremendous. He really deserves to be there,“ added Thorstein Fischer, Assistant Coordinator of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Program.
Delta Gymnastics’ Women’s Competitive Program Coordinator Jennifer Hood, along with Sheremeta, and Fischer, will be accompanying Woodhead to Alberta as judges. Also joining them will be former coach Mike D. Hood and DGS Board Director Mike J. Hood.
The Games run from Feb. 15 to March 3.
Delta Gymnastics Society offers programs from infants to seniors at their Ladner facility year-round. For information of events, programs and activities visit deltagymnastics.com