SVDN Youth Spotlight – Alana Fontaine (2023.06.09)

Alanna Fontaine lives in Brandon and attends J.R. Reid school where she maintains 4’s across the board in all her subjects, with her favorite being math. Alanna lives with her Mom and older sister, and is a member of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. She is the granddaughter of Bonnie Fontaine (Whitecloud).

Alanna started taking dance at the age of 3 and continued with that discipline for 5 years. In her final year of dance Alanna tried gymnastics and fell in love with the sport. In the world of gymnastics anyone is welcome, but joining the competitive team is by invitation only. By the end 2019 she was asked to join the precompetitive team starting in the new year, then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. This delay meant that she would not start her competitive career until the 2021-2022 season. During her first year, as Foundations 1, Alanna competed in multiple competitions and received many medals. In June of 2022, she had the opportunity to travel to Kelowna, B.C. and compete at their invitational where she received Gold across the board. This year Alanna was invited to join Team Echo, as she developed her skills and was able to again compete in competitions, traveling from Brandon to Morden, Neepawa, and to multiple events in Winnipeg in the last 2 seasons. In April Alanna competed in Provincials which were held here in Brandon. Provincials are set up to allow competitors to compete against other athletes of their own age and skill level. Alanna received Gold on floor, Gold on bar, Silver on vault and Bronze on beam placing her fourth amongst 47 athletes.

Although Gymnastics is a ten-month commitment Alanna does make the time to play her second favorite sport which is softball. She started playing ball after COVID-19 and really enjoys spending time with all the girls she meets and plays with. Last year she decided to challenge herself and be one of the teams back catchers. Alanna enjoys how differed being a ball player is to her days at the gym and if she isn’t practicing one sport she is practicing the other.

Alanna would like to thank our friends and family who have stood behind her and helped make it possible for her to continue to participate in the sport she loves.