First step for Freedom Acrobatics

Chilliwack's vaunted vaulters launched their season last week, just south of the border in Lynden, WA.

Chilliwack’s Freedom Acrobatics hit the road for the first competition of a new season, with several vaulters attending the Vault into Spring Fest at Lynden, WA Apr. 1-3.

Two of the younger club members excelled in their individual classes.

Samantha Kennedy placed second overall in the beginner canter section while teammate Railey Bird placed sixth. Bird also placed third overall in the individual barrel freestyle class and the two girls teamed up for a first place finish in their barrel pairs class.

Head coach Alisa Schmidt placed first overall in the advanced canter section while the Freedom AA team finished second in their division.

Team members included Kennedy, Bird and Schmidt along with Darla Ricka, Taylor Eamor and Chelsea Wensley.

The next event for the Chilliwack team will involve 24 local athletes who will compete at Vaultapalooza in Langley on Apr. 17.

This will be followed by a performance close to home as Chilliwack hosts the Canada Cup 2016 international competition on May 26-29 at Heritage Park.

The Canada Cup will be a qualifying competition for the 2016 World Vaulting Championships.

Several local vaulters are hoping to be part of the Canadian delegation which competes in France this summer.