Chilliwack’s Zachary Clay finishes 21st at Gymastics World Championships

Clay turned in his best performance, improving on a 69th overall performance in 2014.

Chilliwack’s Zachary Clay finished 21st overall at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, held Oct. 2-8 in Montreal.

Clay came into Worlds with the goal of going six-for-six in the finals, and he accomplished it with solid showings on the pommel horse, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.

The pommel horse was his best event, with a score of 13.566 placing him ninth.

“The biggest highlight for me was rings – right as I landed that last dismount – the feeling, I just can’t describe it,” Clay said afterwards. “It was such an amazing feeling hitting six for six in the all-around finals at worlds, and that it was in Canada was just an added bonus.”

Clay, who trains with Abbotsford’s Twisters Gymnastics Club, was a national team alternate in 2015 after suffering an injury in training, and finished 69th all-around in 2014.

Returning from injury last May, Clay won the Canadian all-around title at nationals in Montreal.

“This is a really good confidence booster,” he said. “My first big confidence booster was winning nationals, but now, carrying on with this World Championships was amazing.

“I feel really good and I now know what I need to do for my next competition.”

View results online at

Just Posted

Kelly Janveaux announces her candidacy for School Board Trustee

A long-time youth advocate, this will be Janveaux’s first time running in a public election

Mt. Hicks fire 15% contained, continues to burn north of Agassiz

The fire, suspected to be caused by a vehicle with a flat tire, not threatening any structures

UPDATE: Anonymous tip leads DFO night patrol to Fraser River poachers

Charges pending after poachers arrested at night while fishing, 48 sockeye, harbour seal seized

Chilliwack is home to Sasquatch, the first Canadian-designed hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, the Sasquatch hop is the country’s first patented hops plant

Retro meets modern design with idea for iconic Paramount sign

Proposed Paramount Project plans for downtown Chilliwack unveiled Monday

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Police responding to ‘unfolding’ incident in Maple Ridge suburb

Helicopter, dog team, guns drawn and 16 police vehicles at Maple Ridge property

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

1954-built trolleybus hits Vancouver roads for 70th anniversary

TransLink to offer free rides on a retrofitted electric trolley bus to commemorate anniversary

Most Read