Tamara O'Brien and Kyle Carragher were half a world away but in the right spot.
The TAG Sports Centre athletes missed out on accepting their awards at the Gymnastics B.C. annual awards, but had a podium of their own at the Australian-hosted Indo-Pacific meet.
O'Brien took gold in women's 15-16 tumbling while Carragher netted gold in men's 17-18 tumbling and silver in double mini to cap a successful trip.
Gymnastics BC honoured the pair as the outstanding male and female trampoline gymnastics athletes of the year.
Local athletes, coaches and volunteers took away numerous awards at the event in Burnaby on Saturday. Among the honourees were Olympian Brittany Rogers, gymnast Seina Murase-Cho, coaches Nancy Beyer, Svetlana Lashina, Vladimir Lashin and Helga Ovington, volunteer Mary Morice, and judges Tina Geulen, Alana Huygens and Mits Miyata.
For Carragher and O'Brien, the awards made a successful year all that more golden. Just 11 months ago, Carragher faced knee surgery that sidelined him until April, which left him just four weeks to prepare for the nationals.
The 15-year-old hit the trampoline running and hasn't looked back - scoring a gold in double-mini at the nationals and silver in tumbling.
"It means a lot to me especially after all I faced this year," said Carragher, a Grade 10 student at Riverside Secondary. "It shows that I can persevere and overcome anything."
O'Brien, 16, scored golds in both trampoline and tumbling at the nationals and has continued to build on that.
"Tamara's been a star since she came on the floor," remarked TAG and national team coach Barb Fraser. "She started at the age of 10 and she's been always in the medal picture."
TAG Sports Centre was also selected the trampoline gymnastics club of the year.
Rogers was presented with the Kate Richardson Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. The 20-year-old was a key part of Canada's historic artistic gymnastic result, including finishing seventh overall in the vault in London.
Omega Gymnastics' Murase-Cho took away the national stream athlete of the year award, while Lashina and Lashin were named the national stream coaches of the year.
Beyer, with Club Aviva, was presented with a Member of Distinction award for her contributions to women's artistic gymnastics throughout B.C.
"I was very honoured," said Beyer. "It's nice to have my colleagues put my name forward for the award."
Over 25 years as a coach at many levels - from provincial to international - Beyer has been a diligent contributor to the sport's growth.
She developed the Gym Start program nearly eight years ago, which has been preparing young, entry-level children (ages five and six) to learn the sport in a safe and balanced approach. Beyer was also on staff with the Canadian 2000 Olympic team.
"When I look back at my years with that Olympic team I get very emotional. It was a tremendous experience - it was life changing. The Olympic movement does that to you."
Ovington, a Coquitlam native, was honoured as a Lifetime Member for her role with Wings Gymnastics.