Rya Wiebe of Martensville recently competed at the Canadian National Gymnastics competition in Waterloo on May 22-27 and brought home the gold as she became the National Uneven Bars Champion. Team Saskatchewan also placed third at this event. Rya has had a successful year in competitions. At Provincials she was the “All Around” winner on Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Vault Champion. She was also stellar at Westerns placing third on the Floor and first in Uneven Bars.
Rya has been training out of the Marian Gymnastics club in Saskatoon and is coached by Chris Baraniuck, Dana Brass and Frederick Nicholas. She has been doing gymnastics since the age of three but moved to the elite program three years ago. She presently competes in the JO10 division which is a program to develop Junior Olympic athletes and she is part of Team Saskatchewan.
Rya is presently in grade 11 at Bishop Mahoney high school. She plans to pursue a career in radiology in the future. Her goal is to secure academic and athletic scholarships in university the following year so she can continue to compete and get an education as well. She continues to train 25 hours a week as well as taking on coaching younger athletes as well.
“Rya has been strained with nagging injuries over the past few years and at the start of the competitive season we noticed a calm about her and knew she was in a good place mentally and physically,” commented Travis Wiebe, Rya’s father. “Rya continues to amaze us with her work ethic and dedication in and out of the gym. We are incredibly proud of her.” Congratulations to Rya Wiebe, the National Gymnastics Uneven Bar Champion.