A young Charleswood resident swung his way to success at a recent provincial gymnastics competition.
Davey Boschmann, a 12-year-old student at Linden Christian School, placed first all-around in the provincial level 4 category at the Edmond Financial Men’s Manitoba Open Championships at the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre (3-1249 Clarence Ave.) on March 9.
Boschmann participated in the following events: floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars, and hibar. Boschmann scored 10.600 in floor, 11.100 in pommel, 10.600 in rings, 11.400 in vault, 10.800 in parallel bars, and 8.800 in hibar, for a total score of 63.300, which won him first place out of eight boys in the category.
"I felt pretty good," Boschmann said of the win.
Boschmann’s mom, Janet Boschmann, said she enrolled her son into gymnastics because she noticed he was agile and flexible at a young age.
"He would actually be sitting on the floor doing the splits," Janet said.
"(I wanted to learn gymnastics) because it was a bit different than other sports and more difficult. I wanted a challenge," Boschmann said.
He trains for three hours day for four to six days a week at the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre. He used to train at the University of Manitoba.
"It sometimes can be stressful," Boschmann said of his exercise routine.
Boschmann said his favourite thing about gymnastics is being airborne.
"I kind of like to be in the air and be spinning," he said.
Boschmann said he’s thrilled to have placed first all-around at the competition, but he is aware of things he has to work on — such as holding a position for a certain period of time.
"My strength would be catching onto things and understanding the skills," Boschmann said..
For a complete record of results from the Edmond Financial Men’s Manitoba Open Championships, visit http://gym-score-depot.ca/MB_WAG_Opens_2014/2014MensManitobaOpenResultsSummary.pdf