Landon Birkett, an eight-year-old gymnast who trains at Momentum Gymnastics in Salmon Arm, placed fourth in his division for tumbling and, due to a fall, tenth in the double mini trampoline at a provincial championships competition held in Coquitlam on April 7 to 9.
“Although tenth in B.C. is not bad, he is excited for the next competition so that he can redeem himself. Landon had a lot of fun at the competition,” said his mother Ericka.
More than 900 athletes attended the event but Landon was the only trampoline and tumbling member from Salmon Arm, as he was the only one of his teammates who chose to attend.
Landon has been doing gymnastics since he was about two years old but joined the competitive trampoline and tumbling team at Momentum about two years ago.
Ericka said Shawnee Venables and the other coaches at Momentum are eager, helpful and very patient with Landon.
“Landon is a very bouncy, energetic boy that has a hard time being still,” she said.
Landon is at the gym training three to four days a week. One of those days he practises parkour and he is attending a world class parkour camp in California this summer.