Dikau leaps up Ontario ranks

Caymanian gymnast Bethany Dikau, 17, continues to move through the ranks as she prepares to represent the Cayman Islands at the Commonwealth Games this summer. 

At the second provincial qualifier meet at Futures Gymnastics in Mississauga, Ontario, Bethany took home the gold on beam and bronze on floor and vault. Bethany, who moved from Cayman to Canada a few years ago, trains with Coach Adriana Forde at Gymnastics Energy in St. Catherines, Ontario. 

Bethany competed for the Cayman Islands at last year’s NatWest Island Games in Bermuda, where she became Cayman’s first gymnast to win a medal in international competition with a score of 12.350 on vault. In December, Bethany achieved an all-around score of 36.3, qualifying her for the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in July. Bethany will complete her competitive season with Gymnastics Energy targeting a strong finish at Provincials. 

Bethany will be joined by fellow National Team member, Morgan Lloyd, at Gymnix International in Montreal in March, where the Cayman Team will compete under international rules. 

Samantha Peene, another Caymanian gymnast training abroad, qualified for the Florida State Championships at last month’s TBT Invitational in Tampa. The 12-year old gymnast trains at Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics in Bradenton, Florida. Sami will be aiming for a strong performance at the championships to earn a spot on the Florida state team for Regionals. Sami will also be looking to claim her first national team title with fellow junior gymnast, Raegan Rutty, for the Island Games in 2015. 

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Morgan Lloyd will be competing in Montreal.

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Sami Peene and Raegan Rutty are chasing Island Games kudos.

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Bethany Dickau, second from right, excelled in Canada.

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Cayman has produced talents like Camerin Porter over the years.

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