Clay competing on national stage

Chilliwack's Zachary Clay visits the Canadian capital in late May, competing in the 2013 Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa.

Chilliwack’s Zachary Clay is one of 99 B.C. artistic and trampoline gymnasts who have qualified for the 2013 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Clay and rest of Team BC will compete at the championships in Ottawa from May 21-25.

The athletes were named to the team following a series of trials held this winter and spring. Clay trains and competes at Twisters Gymnastics in Abbotsford.

That club is sending nine athletes to Ottawa, including veteran Ken Ikeda, an Olympian in 2004 who is competing at this event for the 19th time.

Ikeda and Clay are both national team members and both will compete in men’s artistic gymnastics. On the men’s side, the list of competing national teamers includes Scott Morgan (North Vancouver), Scott Nabata (Kamloops), Joshua Stuart (Richmond), Robert Watson (Richmond) and Trevor Stirling (Okanagan).

The women’s side includes 2012 Olympic team alternate Samantha Smith (Okanagan), Tamara O’Brien (Port Coquitlam) Briannah Tsang (North Vancouver) and Shallon Olsen (Coquitlam).

Over 1,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be in Ottawa.