Elizabeth Noble has added a sixth national medal to her collection following a strong start at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
The 17-year-old Belcarra gymnast vaulted Team B.C. to a bronze in the female team event on Tuesday (Feb. 21), becoming the first Tri-Cities athlete to win some hardware on Prince Edward Island.
Noble, a member of TAG Gymnastics in Port Coquitlam, recorded the highest score for B.C. in three of the event's four difficulties — floor exercise (9.362), vault (9.2) and uneven bars (9.025).
The Dr. Charles Best Secondary student's efforts led to a total score of 143.787 for B.C., resulting in a third-place finish behind Ontario (148.395) and Québec (147.262).
And the provincial roster was even short-handed as they had five competitors to the other teams' six.
Noble told the Tri-City News her teammates were ecstatic to see their dedication and hard work pay off, even through the down times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am so happy to have contributed to this medal with all four of my scores counting. I have been in the sport for 14 years and would not have imagined myself here three years ago," she said.
"During COVID-19, we had months off and many set backs that were not expected. With that being said, I am so grateful to my family and coaches that helped me push through and overcome different types of mental blocks and anxieties over the years."
Noble is now looking to win two more Canada Games medals in hopes of upgrading to a better colour in the individual contests.
She's be competing in the all-around competition, including the floor finals where she currently sits in second place today (Feb. 22).
In 2022, Noble won the gold on floor and silver on vault at the Canadian national artistic gymnastics championship, which have been two of her highest accomplishments to date.
For more information, schedule and results, you can visit the 2023 Canada Winter Games' website.
Noble is one of 17 athletes from the Tri-Cities currently or are set to compete across six sports at the national event between now and March 5.
- Jess Goller (ringette)
- Jemma Sangha (ringette)
- Elizabeth Noble (gymnastics)
- Bronze medal, Team Event Female (BC)
- Jordan Baxter (hockey)
- Ben Kindel (hockey)
- Emily Liao (figure skating)
- Vicky Pan (figure skating)
- Nora Wagner (speed skating)
- Jake Willing-Sato (figure skating)
- Izzy Beech (ringette)
- Thea Cazzanti (ringette)
- Caroline Dong (speed skating)
- Adam Michael Fenton (curling)
- Gillian Lapierre (hockey)
- Kierana Laut (speed skating)
- Barnett Liu (speed skating)
- Elizabeth Smith (speed skating)