DECEMBER 30 - CANADA NAMES WOMEN'S TEAM FOR TEST EVENT
Gymnastics Canada today announced the 7 team members (6 competing, 1 alternate) to the upcoming London Test Event, the final qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics.
Peng Peng Lee
2010 World team member Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto was in good
shape to contend for a spot, but developed wry neck (torticollis). While
not a serious condition, she needed five days off training and thus was
unable to verify her routines.
2011 World team member Dominique Pegg is still recovering from a
hand injury suffered in training at the Pan Am Games.
The team flies New Year's Eve to London, England for a training camp in
Essex. The women attempt to qualify January 10, and the men on January 11.
DECEMBER 26 - ALTADORE GYM CLUB SEEKING MEN'S ARTISTIC COACH
"We must really come together as a team, and go out there
confident and ready to perform with stability," she told IG.
"Canada definitely has the potential to qualify a team for the
Olympics. I am training vault and floor but I am really concentrating on
bars and beam for now. If I make the team, it will be because of my strong
bars and beam.
DECEMBER 19 - TEST EVENT APPROACHES
The second and final qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics is fast
approaching. With Lukenchuk and Ikeda competing in Japan, the rest of the
men's team gathered in Calgary for a training camp. In contention for the
men's team are Nathan Gafuik of Calgary, Brandon O’Neill and Jackson
Payne, both of Edmonton, Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford, B.C., Casey Sandy of
Brampton, Ont., Jayd Lukenchuk of Saskatoon and Kevin Lytwyn of Stoney
On the women's side, contenders include Talia Chiarelli, Dominique Pegg,
Madeline Gardiner, Victoria Moors, Mikaela Gerber, Brittany Rogers,
Kristina Vaculik, younger sister Natalie Vaculik, Bianca
Dancose-Giambattisto, Peng Peng Lee, and Anysia Unick. Notably absent is
Sabrina Gill, who recently left longtime coaches at Oakville Gymnastics t
train at Dynamo in Cambridge.
The teams leave Canada New Year's Eve, for a training camp in England
prior to the Test Event.
DECEMBER 11 - THREE BRONZE AT TOYOTA CUP
Jayd Lukenchuk won two bronze medals at this weekend's Toyota
Cup, in Japan. The medals came on pommel horse and high bar. He also
finished fourth on floor and vault, 5th on parallel bars, and 7th on
Ken Ikeda won bronze on parallel bars. He also finished 6th on pommel horse and tied for fourth on high bar.
DECEMBER 10 - LEE TAKES SILVER AT ABIERTO MEXICANO DE GIMNASIA INVITATIONAL
Peng Peng Lee and Mikaela Gerber took part in an
invitational in Acapulco, Mexico this weekend. Lee took silver, and Gerber
finished 6th. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck during Saturday's
NOVEMBER 28 - GERBER TO UCLA; COLUSSI-PALAESZ TO FLORIDA
Recent World team members Mikaela Gerber (Canada) and Silvia
Colussi-Palaesz (Spain), teammates at Oakville Gymnastics, have
announced their NCAA intentions. Gerber will follow older sister Aisha to
UCLA, whereas Silvia will stick to the East coast, joining Florida. Both
girls anticipate starting NCAA in the 2013-2014 season.
NOVEMBER 27 - MEDALS AT TOP GYM
The combined Canada/Russia team won gold at this weekend's Top Gym, one
of the most prestigious junior tournaments. Canadians on the team
consisted of Briannah Tsang and Tara Mauchel. Three other
Canadians competed: Maddie Copiack was paired with the French and
Romanians, finishing 4th. Shallon Olsen and Maegan Chant
finished 5th, paired with South Africans.
Shallon Olsen placed the highest in the all-around, amongst all
Canadians, winning bronze. In the apparatus finals, Briannah Tsang won
vault, with Olsen placing third. Maegan Chant won bronze on beam. Maddie
Copiack took gold on floor, with Shallon Olsen finishing third.
In a battle of Victorias, Canada's Victoria Moors bested
Russia's Victoria Komova to take the gold on floor exercise today,
at the Massilia Cup. The medal was Canada's third of the day, with Sarah
Flett and Marissa Dick taking and silver and bronze on vault,
1. Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)
2. Sarah Flett (CAN)
3. Marisa Dick (CAN)
1. Victoria Komova (RUS)
2. Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)
3. Georgia Rose Brown (AUS)
1. Victoria Moors (CAN)
2. Marine Brevet (CAN)
3. Ashleigh Brennan (AUS)
NOVEMBER 19 - CANADA WINS BRONZE AT MASSILIA CUP
Victoria Moors led team Canada (including Sabrina Gill,
Natalie Vaculik and Stefanie Merkle) to a third place team
finish today, at the Massilia Cup. The event was won by the Russians, with
France placing second. Moors also placed second individually, to Russia's
1. Victoria Komova RUS 57.750
2. V. Moors CAN 55.650
3. E. Little AUS 55.3
4. M Brevet FRA 55.2
5. T Nabieva RUS 54.150
A. Khum 54.050
A. A Grishina 54.0
9. K Hofland CAN
11. N. Vaculik CAN
12. G-R Brown AUS
NOVEMBER 18 - DOWLING LEADS CANADA TO WIN AT MASSILIA OPEN
Jessica Dowling led Team Canada "Mix" to victory
today, at the Massilia Cup. Competing for the Netherlands leading up to
the 2010 World Championships, Dowling received FIG approval earlier this
month to revert back to competing for Canada. Joining team Canada with
Dowling was Sarah Flett, Tara Mauchel, and Ellie Black.
A bevy of other Canadians competed, representing a mix of clubs and
provinces (and competing individually). The team from Futures Gymnastics
in Ontario took second place, led by Kaitlyn Hofland. Canada 2, a
team of juniors, placed 7th.
Individually, Dowling won the Open AA followed by Australia's Georgia
Rose Brown. Hofland took bronze.
By virtue of their win, Canada "Mix" advances to tomorrow's
NOVEMBER 14 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO SIGNS WITH FLORIDA
2010 Worlds team member Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto has signed a
letter of intent, with the University of Florida.
Coach Rhonda Faehn, on Bianca:
Bianca is a beautiful
artistic gymnast with grace and style. Her quality of execution
will stand out on the competition floor. What impressed me the
most about Bianca is her love for gymnastics and her desire to compete.
In addition to that, her "team first" attitude is remarkable.
I feel Bianca will excel beautifully in college gymnastics. We are
pleased to have another international student-athlete join our team.
NOVEMBER 12 - MOORS AND HOFLAND SHINE IN FINALS AT TOURNOI INTERNATIONAL DE GYMNASTIQUE
Canada's Victoria Moors and Kaitlyn Hofland each took two
golds today, in Combs-la-Ville, at the Tournoi
International de Gymnastique. Moors won vault and floor, while Hofland
topped the standings on bars and beam.
1. Victoria Moors CAN
2. Kaitlyn Hofland CAN
3. Sabrina Gill CAN
4. Emeline Maigniant FRA
5. Nicole Hitz SUI
6. Maureen pagno FRA
1. Kaitlyn Hofland CAN
2. Victoria Moors CAN
3. Valentine Sabatou FRA
4. Doriane Thobie FRA
7. Sabrina Gill CAN
1. Kaitlyn Hofland CAN
2. Doriane Thobie FRA
3. Oc?e Seggio FRA
4. Victoria Moors CAN
7. Maureen Pagno FRA
8. Cl?nce Belka FRA
1. Victoria Moors CAN
2. Doriane Thobie FRA
3. Kaitlyn Hofland CAN
4. Sabrina Gill CAN
6. Cataline Denis Leclere FRA
7. Victoria-Kayen Woo CAN
8. Nicole Hitz SUI
Full results: http://www.cacv-gym.com/Resultats%2015%20Tournoi%20Combs.pdf
NOVEMBER 11 - AUSTRALIA AWARDED 2018 COMMONWEALTHS
Australia's Gold Coast has just been chosen to host the 2018
NOVEMBER 11 - CANADA WINS TOURNOI INTERNATIONAL DE GYMNASTIQUE
Team Canada (Victoria Moors, Sabrina Gill, & Stefanie
Merkle) took gold today in Combs-la-Ville, at the Tournoi
International de Gymnastique. Moors won the competition, with Gill coming in
second. Rose Kalam Woo took
gold in the Espoir (Children's / Hopes) division.
1. Victoria Moors Canada
2. Sabrina Gill Canada
3. Doriane Thobie France / INSEP
4. Kaitlyn Hofland CAN / Futures gymnastics center
5. Victoria-Kayen Woo CAN / TNT
6. Stefanie Merkle CAN
7. Maartje Ruikes NED
8. Julia Bombach NED
9. Sabrina Tomassini CAN
10. Valentine Sabatou France / INSEP
1. Rose Kalam Woo Canada
2. Grace Charpy France
3. Harmonie Pitival France (St-Etienne)
4. Marine Boyer France
5. Farah Boufadene France
6. Tiffany Huet France (Avoine)
7. M?nie Kretz France (Thann)
8. Lucie Perdreau France (Avoine)
9. Malaurie Lidy France (Thann)
10. Melissa Ehlinger France (Thann)
Brittany Rogers and Anysia Unick have both signed with
Georgia, and are scheduled to join the Georgia Gym Dawgs for the 2013
season. Coach Jay Clark on Brittany:
Brittany has a tremendous amount of international experience. She
has an incredible vocabulary of skills. We also see her as an impactful
all-arounder and the potential to be a real star in college gymnastics.
Once again, we think her personality is one that fits in well here. She
has a real competitive edge to her. She loves to compete and hates to
lose. Certainly that's an important quality to have when you are putting
a team together and trying to create that competitive edge. We expect
that she will produce an awful lot right out of the gate.
Coach Jay Clark on Unick:
Anysia is a recent commit. Initially she had not shown great
interest in Georgia, but we were able to make some good contact with her
and convince her to visit. As with so many, it is that visit to this
place that puts Georgia on the map for them. Anysia was no different,
and she absolutely loved her visit here. We believe she is another all-arounder
in college, but I think right now she is well known as probably one of
the best - if not the best - bars worker in Canada. Right away she is
going to be able to produce huge numbers there. We were thrilled to have
Anysia choose us. She is a tremendous student, and like Brittany,
possesses a real competitive fire.
Brittany Rogers captured silver on vault yesterday, at the World
Cup in Osijek, Croatia. She also competed in the finals for bars (4th),
beam (8th) and floor (5th). Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto competed
bars finals, finishing 5th.
In men's competition, Nathan Gafuik captured a silver on high
bar today. He also came close to medalling on p-bars and vault, finishing
NOVEMBER 2 - CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM 2012 COLLECTION
Hudson?s Bay Company has unveiled the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team
Replica Apparel that will outfit our athletes at the upcoming Olympic
Games in London.
OCTOBER 28 - GERBER, VACULIK, AND SMITH MEDAL AT PAN AMS
Canadian gymnasts earned three medals at their last day of competition,
today at the Pan Am Games. Kristina Vaculik and Mikaela Gerber each placed
second, on beam and floor, respectively. Hugh Smith picked up a bronze on
vault, the only medal for the men at these Games.
Talia Chiarelli also competed today, placing 5th on beam. Scott
Morgan equaled the result on vault.
Yesterday, there were a couple of medal "near misses" for
Canada. Scott Morgan finished fourth on floor, and Jason Scott was fourth
on pommels. Peng Peng Lee placed 5th on bars.
CBC is airing Pan Am highlights Saturday
mornings. Additional highlights are available online, at cbc.ca/sports.
Kristina Vaculik was awarded bronze today, in the all-around
competition at the Pan Am Games. She credits the win to a solid routine on
bars, an apparatus that has historically given her troubles (including at
the recent World Championships, in Tokyo, Japan). “Bars is one of the
most difficult events in gymnastics and it’s been a daily struggle to
keep on working at it,” Vaculik told Gymnastics Canada. “You have to
work through it and believe in yourself.”
It's a feeling echoed by Canada's Peng Peng Lee today, who struggled on
her Bhardwaj transition. The mistake cost her a medal in the all-around.
She finished 4th AA. She'll have a chance to redeem herself tomorrow,
competing in the apparatus finals for bars.
In the men's all-around, Anderson Loren finished 7th AA and Hugh Smith
CBC is airing Pan Am highlights Saturday
mornings. Additional highlights are available online, at cbc.ca/sports.
OCTOBER 25 - CANADIAN MEN SETTLE FOR FIFTH AT PAN AMS
A younger Canadian team competed in the men's team event today in
Guadalajara, Mexico. Brazil took gold, with Puerto Rico taking the silver
and the Americans grabbing bronze. Columbia placed fourth, one spot ahead
Leading the young team was veteran Hugh Smith, who
notched Canada's highest all-around score and qualified to the vault
apparatus. Joining him in tomorrow's all-around will be Anderson Loren.
Also continuing his competition at these Games is Scott Morgan, who
qualified to the floor and vault finals.
CBC is airing Pan Am highlights Saturday
mornings. Additional highlights are available online, at cbc.ca/sports.
Canada's 5-member squad claimed the silver medal at the Pan Am Games
today, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Americans won the meet, though by a
smaller margin than expected (219.750 to 217.450) after disastrous beam
and floor rotations.
Posting the top 2 all-around scores for Canada,
and advancing to the all-around competition, are Peng Peng Lee and
Kristina Vaculik. Mikaela Gerber finished 7th AA, Talia Chiarelli
and Coralie Leblond-Chartrand 18th.
Qualifying to the apparatus
finals based on these performances:
- Lee: bars
- Vaculik: vault, beam, and floor
- Gerber: floor
- Chiarelli: beam
CBC is airing Pan Am highlights Saturday
mornings. Additional highlights are available online, at cbc.ca/sports.
Dominique Pegg fractured a finger yesterday in training, in Guadalajara
at the Pan Am Games.
Maddie Gardiner, a member of Canada's
recent Worlds team, expressed a desire to sit out these Games. As such,
she was named alternate. She is at home in Ontario, and despite Pegg's
injury will not fly to Mexico to join the team. Instead,
Canada will compete 5-5-4.
The team now consists of Peng Peng
Lee, Mikaela Gerber, Kristina Vaculik, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, and
Canada's men's program opted to send an
entirely different team to Pan Ams, than those who competed earlier this
month at World Championships in Tokyo. Representing Canada in Guadalajara
are: Hugh Smith, Tariq Dowers, Anderson Loran, Jason Scott, Scott
Morgan, and Mathieu Csukassy.
Last week, Canadians Rosie
MacLennan won gold in women's trampoline and Keenan Soehn won
gold in men's trampoline.
CBC is airing Pan Am highlights Saturday
mornings. Additional highlights are available online, at cbc.ca/sports.
Several top Canadian gymnasts, including Peng Peng Lee, Dominique
Pegg, and Casey Sandy, teamed up with photographer Jennifer
Blakeley, who travels around the world collecting photographs of
architecture and every day objects that look like letters of the alphabet.
This time, it was the gymnasts who contorted into different positions to
represent the letters of the alphabet.
“The athletes are just incredible in the way that they can bend their
bodies and the different positions they can hold, it made the process much
easier because of their flexibility and strength,” Blakeley told the Toronto
Star. “But it was pretty challenging trying to imagine different
ways for them to create the alphabet...They were willing to try just about
anything I threw at them,” she said.
Apologies for the lack of updates; I was traveling abroad, with very
infrequent Internet access!
Canada's women's team finished 11th at the 2011 World Championships,
falling short of an automatic team berth to the London 2012 Olympic Games
but qualifying as a team to the next trials. Under previous qualifying
rules (for past Olympic Games), a top 12 finish at World Championships
would've qualified the team to London. Under new rules for the 2012
Olympics, only the top 8 teams qualified directly from these World
Championships to the Olympics. The
remaining four team berths will be selected at the Olympic Test Event, in
Canada's men's team experienced a similar fate, finishing 12th and
qualifying to the Olympic Test Event.
Individually, only two gymnasts advanced past prelims. Peng Peng Lee
finished 19th in the women's all-around. Nathan Gafuik was one of
two reserves called to the men's all-around, after Romania's Marian
Dragulescu and Puerto Rico's Luis Rivera's withdrew. Gafuik finished 23rd
The brightest spot was perhaps Mikaela Gerber, originally named
alternate despite winning the combined Days 1 and 2 of World Team Trials.
She hit every routine during those trials, and at every mock competition
leading up to Worlds. A spot on the team should never have been denied,
and after podium training was bumped up to a competitive spot. She hit all
three of the routines called upon to compete. An easily achievable 12.266
would've seen her finish as the second ranked Canadian had she been given
the opportunity to compete in the bars lineup.
The teams consisted of:
WAG: Peng Peng
Lee, Mikaela Gerber, Kristina Vaculik, Maddie Gardiner, and Coralie Leblond-Chartrand.
Alternate: Talia Chiarelli.
MAG: Nathan Gafuik, Brandon O’Neill, Casey Sandy, Jackson Payne, Kenji Ikeda,
and Kevin Lytwyn. Alternate: Jayd Lukenchuk.
SEPTEMBER 23 - COLUSSI-PELAEZ MAKES SPAIN'S WORLD TEAM
Silvia Colussi-Pelaez has earned a spot on Spain's team for
the upcoming World Championships, in Tokyo, Japan.
Ana María Izurieta
A second Canadian was vying for a spot on a non-Canadian Worlds team;
Sadly for Jessica Dowling, she fell short in her bid to make the
Netherlands' team. She is the non-traveling alternate.
SEPTEMBER 22 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ON CBC
Be sure to watch World Championships on CBC!
October 1 - Rhythmic World Championships AA
October 2 - Rhythmic World Championships Group
October 15 - Artistic World Championships: Prelims, TF, AA
October 22 - Artistic World Championships: EF
SEPTEMBER 17 - SPORTS DAY IN CANADA
Sports Day in Canada was celebrated today, with demonstration from
grassroots to high performance. Gymnastics Canada hosted a trampoline
demonstration from Toronto, covered on (and available archived on) CBC
Sports online. Kyle Shewfelt and fellow gold medallists took
part in an athletes discussion
moderated by CBC's Scott Russell.
SEPTEMBER 11 - GRAVES A TRIPLE MEDALLIST AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES
Curtis Graves had a fantastic day at the apparatus finals, today
at the 2011
Commonwealth Youth Games. He competed three events, medalling on all.
Following bronzes on rings and pbars he advanced to the high bar, where he
tied for first. With tie-breaking rules, he settled for the silver.
Kal Nemier also medalled, finishing third on high bar. He also
placed 5th on rings. Zachary Clay competed four events, finishing
just out of the medals.
Zachary Clay: 4th floor, 4th pommels, 5th vault, 4th pbars (tie)
Kal Nemier: 5th rings, 3rd high bar)
Graves: 3rd rings, 3rd pbars, 2nd high bar
SEPTEMBER 10 - NEMIER FINISHES 5TH AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES
Kal Nemier placed 5th in today's all-around at the 2011
Commonwealth Youth Games. Zachary Clay slipped to 7th place, having
qualified in third position.
Competition concludes tomorrow with the apparatus finals. There are
Canadians in all six events, with all three competing at least two: Clay
(floor, pommels, vault, pbars), Nemier (rings, high bar) and Curtis
Graves (rings, pbars, high bar).
SEPTEMBER 9 - CANADA WINS SILVER AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES
Canada won the silver at today's Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle
of Man, in the United Kingdom. England took gold, and Australia bronze.
Leading today's team was Zachary Clay, who placed third
all-around. Rounding out the team was Kal Nemier and Curtis Graves.
Clay and Nemier advance to tomorrow's all-around competition. Competition concludes
Sunday, with the apparatus finals.
A multi-sport event, more than 1,000 athletes have descended upon the
Isle of Man. In gymnastics, the event is open to boys aged 14 to 18, and
girls aged 13-15. Canada did not field a WAG team.
These are the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games, and the first time held
on the Isle of Man.
SEPTEMBER 1 - SAVONA RECOVERING FROM ACL RECONSTRUCTION
A pre-Worlds tune-up proved devastating for Jessica Savona. Competing
at the Japan Cup in early July, she tore her ACL (her "good"
knee) on vault. She endured ACL reconstruction on August 12, and recently
spoke with IG
about rehab and her hope of returning to gymnastics quickly
The Physiotherapist "is saying that the recovery on the left knee
is a lot better than my right, and my left knee seems to be healing a lot
faster with more progress than what was seen with my right," Savona
"Therefore, he and I believe that I will hopefully be back sooner
than expected, without forcing anything, and pushing my knee to its
limits, of course."
Savona hopes to be ready to compete at Elite Canada, next scheduled for
These seven were the top 7 all-arounders, following two days of
competition. All seven are expected to travel to Tokyo, where six will compete and
one designated the alternate.
Lee won the first day of trials, and Pegg the second. Gerber was the only
athlete to hit 8-for-8 over the two days of competition, and posted the
highest overall, combined score over the two days of competition. Quick hits from
yesterday's trials are available on the All-Around
Two of the girls showed up to prom wearing the same
dress, so to speak; Vaculik and Lee are using the same tango, albeit
played by different artists/instruments.
A surprise omission from the team is Bianca
Dancose-Giambattisto, who's shown great improvement since last year's
World Championships. Rounding out the competitors at these Trials were
Brittany Rogers and Anysia Unick, both of whom are struggling in their
return from injury.
The top 8 teams in Tokyo gain team berths
to next year's Olympic Games, in London. The final four team berths will
be determined in January, at the Olympic Test Event (held at the Olympic
venue, the O2). Athletes born in 1996 (such as Victoria Moors, Sabrina
Gill, Natalie Vaculik, etc.), though not eligible for this year's Worlds, will be able to vie for
spots on the team heading to the Test Event.
AUGUST 20 - GYMN.CA INTERVIEW: SKY CORBETT-METHOT FINDS SUCCESS IN NEW
There comes a time when every gymnast needs to hang up the grips.
Some retire, their bodies unable to cope with the rigorous demands.
Others discover that their heart isn't in the sport anymore. A lucky few
reach the ultimate goal of competing in an Olympic Games, or even
A member of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team, Sky Corbett-Methot
was forced to abandon the sport in 2009. In this Gymn.ca exclusive, she
opens up about the heart break of injury and later finding success in a
Silvia Colussi-Pelaez has earned a spot on Spain's team for an
upcoming tri meet in England, featuring Spain, Portugal, and host nation
Great Britain. A dual citizen (Canada/Spain), Silvia trains at Oakville
Gymnastics in Ontario. This summer she opted to compete for Spain, after
failing to meet Canada's qualification criteria for World Championships /
Pan Am Games selection. The tri-meet competition takes place August 20-21,
Silvia isn't the only Canadian who's opted to compete elsewhere;
Earlier this summer Jessica Dowling (also of Oakville Gymnastics)
moved to the Netherlands, and stands a great chance of representing her
mother's homeland at the upcoming 2011 World Championships in Tokyo,
Update (August 21): Spain surprised, scoring more than 11
points over their team score last year at the 2010 World Championships,
and beating Great Britain. Individually, Silvia finished 6th in the AA and
5th on BB.
AUGUST 16 - GAFUIK WINS SECOND MEDAL AT UNIVERSIADE
Nathan Gafuik earned the silver medal in today's vault final.
“It feels pretty good. It's not exactly the medal I wanted, but it'll
do,” Gafuik told The Canadian Press. He also finished 7th on floor, 6th
on parallel bars, and 4th on high bar.
Gafuik and his teammates are returning back to Canada to train for the
upcoming 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
AUGUST 15 - GAFUIK WINS CANADA'S FIRST MEDAL AT UNIVERSIADE
Nathan Gafuik earned the bronze medal in today's all-around
competition, Canada's first medal of these Games! The honour was a
surprise to Gafuik, "I had no idea that this was the first medal, but
I hope it starts off a good games for Team Canada,” he told the
Postmedia News. “It was a solid performance today, there was nothing
that really stood out, I was just pleased that I stayed on every apparatus
and on the high bar, which is a pretty stressful event, especially when it
Casey Sandy also competed today, moving up four spots to finish 7th
Competition concludes tomorrow with the apparatus finals, where Canada
has more chances of medalling.
AUGUST 14 - CANADA FINISHES FOURTH AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Nathan Gafuik led Team Canada to a fourth place finish (261.750)
today, at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Canada competed
one teammate short, missing Kevin Lytwyn. Japan took the gold (269.200), followed by China
(265.650) and Romania (264.650).
Gafuik heads into tomorrow's competition a favourite, placing second
all-around in today's qualifying round. Also advancing to tomorrow's
all-around is Jackson Payne, who finished today's competition in 11th
Competition concludes Tuesday with the apparatus finals, where Canada
has more chances of medalling.
One of Canada's most successful gymnasts, Yvonne Tousek was
perhaps also its most creative. Known the world over by her avant
garde floor routines, she qualified to the floor finals at the 1999
World Championships - one of a small group of Canadians to advance to
an individual apparatus final at World or Olympic competition. The
two-time Olympian went on to a stellar NCAA career at UCLA, capturing
three team titles and three individual titles at National
Yvonne joined Cirque du Soleil shortly after
graduating, and has traveled the world with the show. Gymn.ca caught
up with Yvonne, performing in Valencia, Spain with Cirque, to discuss
her passion for the sport.
Lee in the Qatari desert
Photos courtesy of Peng-Peng Lee for Gymn.ca
Even as a young Novice HP gymnast, Christine Peng-Peng Lee already
had legions of fans the world over. There was a certain pizzazz about her
gymnastics, and fans took note. In 2005 she traveled to Belgium for the
prestigious Top Gym International, competing against eventual 2008 Olympic
gold medallist Shawn Johnson. She returned home and had a banner year in
2006, winning the Novice division at Canadian Nationals and later Elite
Canada (now as a junior). She continued to shine as a junior gymnast,
winning medals at the 2007 Junior Pan Ams, Pan Ams, and home meets.
One year too young to contend for a spot to the 2008 Olympics, Lee
nevertheless proved herself to be on par with the seniors. Competing under
a Canadian rule allowing juniors to compete domestically amongst seniors
one year early, she finished 3rd AA at Canadian Nationals in the Olympic
year, winning gold on beam and floor.
After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, long-time coach Carol-Angela
Orchard left Canada to marry in England. Lee's other long-time coach, Brian
McVey, debated a position in Central America, but chose to remain
coaching Lee privately despite the closure of long-time gymnastics program
Sport Seneca. Then, Lee was diagnosed with a serious back injury. Two
years passed before Lee could return to the gym, and she choose to do so
under the tutelage of Kelly Manjak and crew at Oakville Gymnastics.
Her first meet back was nothing short of a bang - in December 2010 she
claimed the senior women's Elite Canada title!
Unfortunately, injury plagued Lee again just weeks prior to this year's
Canadian Nationals leaving her status in question for this year's World
Championships. In this exclusive, Gymn.ca caught up with Lee to discuss
her continued dedication to the sport. Continue to
the full interview...
JULY 31 - PEDERSEN AND CHANT TO JAPAN JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL
Jordyn Pedersen and Meagan Chant are slated to represent
Canada at this year's Japan Junior International, one of the most
prestigious meets for juniors.
JULY 29 - GYMN.CA INTERVIEW: DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO IMPRESSES
Bianca performs at the 2010
Earlier this month, Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto traveled to San Juan
for the Puerto Rico Cup. Planning to compete only bars and beam, she
arrived to find her senior teammates unable to compete.
Unfazed, Bianca decided to compete the all-around, placing second. She
went on to win 3 medals in the apparatus, continuing to show improved
Especially strong on bars and beam, she fills a niche roll amongst a
team that is suddenly - and uncharacteristically for Canada! - strong on
vault. But as Puerto Rico (and Canadian Nationals earlier this year) showed,
she can also more than hold her own in all-around competition. She's a
favourite heading into the selection camp for the World Championships team
in Tokyo, Japan later this year.
In this exclusive, Gymn.ca talks to the 2010 World Championships
veteran about gymnastics past,
present, and future! Bianca also takes us outside the gym, showing us the
desert in Qatar.
One year from today, most people will be glued to the TV watching the
opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. Gymnastics fans will be
eagerly awaiting the start of tomorrow's qualification rounds. Will Canada
be represented by a full team or by individuals? Who will move on to the
individual all-around? the apparatus finals?
3-time Olympian and gold medallist Kyle Shewfelt today published
a blog, describing the excitement in an athlete's life in the pre-Olympic
year. (Read: London
As the London 2012 approaches, I plan to bring you interviews with
Canada's past Olympians - and hopeful Olympians! If you haven't read them
already, I encourage you to catch up on recent interviews with Laura-Ann
Chong (making a comeback after a successful NCAA career) and 2-time
Worlds team member Charlotte
Mackie (returning to gymnastics after a devastating foot injury).
JULY 23 - GYMN.CA INTERVIEW: CHECKING IN WITH CHARLOTTE MACKIE
Last October, Charlotte Mackie competed in her second World
Championships. Still adjusting to a new coach and new techniques, she
competed just three apparatus in Rotterdam (sitting out bars). One of
David Kenwright's first moves was to put Charlotte in grips, and start
reworking her bar technique.
Historically, most World team members are given a bye from competing at
Elite Canada, their carding and eligibility secured. That year, with Elite
Canada ranked so much higher than World Championships, Charlotte's
attendance and performance at Elite Canada were crucial for carding
points. She impressed with a
third place finish in the all-around, and posted the second highest score
on vault and top 5 on bars - not bad, for an apparatus she
didn't even compete two months prior!
Everything changed on her last apparatus, vault. Her all-around tally
secured from her first vault, Charlotte went for a second vault, to
qualify for apparatus finals. She suffered a horrific crash - one that has
taken her out of competition, ever since.
In this exclusive, Gymn.ca asks the question many fans are wondering,
"Is Charlotte coming back to Gymnastics?"
Canada is sending 7 gymnasts to the upcoming World University Games (Universiade) in Shenzhen, China. The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years. Participants must be between the pages of 17 and 28 (as of January 1 in the year of the Games) and be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
Representing Canada's men's team are:
Casey Sandy (Seneca College)
Nathan Gafuik (Athabasca University)
Jayd Lukenchuk (University of Saskatchewan)
Kevin Lytwyn (McMaster University)
Jackson Payne (Athabasca University)
Canada is fielding two rhythmic gymnasts:
Kelsey Anderson (Okanagan College)
Jessica Ho (University of British Columbia)
The artistic gymnastics competition run Aug. 13-16, while rhythmic gymnastics is contested Aug. 20-22. Women's Artistic Gymnastics is also contested at the World University Games, however Canada is not fielding anyone in this category.
JULY 20 - FORMER GYMNAST LAUNCHES MOBILE GYM, WINNING BUSINESS
Kara Hachey dreamed up the idea for a mobile gymnastics
club while studying for her MBA at UNB. Five years later, Go-Go Gymnastics
employs over 95 people. Its success won her the New Brunswick Young
Entrepreneur Award from the Canadian Business Development Corp.
Dominique Pegg scored 14.00 on floor at the Tokyo Cup, debuting a
double layout. The choreography is Russian Irina Milogradova, currently
living in Ohio. Watch
Pegg's upgraded floor routine!
Many other Canadian routines are being uploaded to this YouTube
- Dominique Pegg's VT,
- Talia Chiarelli's VT
...with more to come, hopefully!
JULY 9 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO AND VACULIK WIN GOLD IN PUERTO RICO;
MORGAN ADDS SILVER
Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto added a second gold to her
collection, winning beam today in Puerto Rico. She also participated in
the floor apparatus final, capping off her competition with a bronze
Natalie Vaculik made the most of her lone appearance in the
apparatus finals, winning junior beam. Victoria Moors took bronze
on junior floor.
Today's medals tie Moors and Dancose-Giambattisto as the most decorated Canadians
at weekend's Puerto Rico Cup. Each leave with five medals.
JULY 9 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO AND MOORS WIN GOLD IN PUERTO RICO;
MORGAN SCORES CANADA'S FIRST MEN'S MEDAL
Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto and Victoria Moors
bothcaptured gold today in Puerto Rico. Dancose-Giambattisto scored 13.575 to
claim senior bars, while Victoria Moors posted a 14.275 to take
the junior vault title and a 13.725 to take the junior bars title.
Scott Morgan claimed a medal on the men's side, taking bronze on
floor (15.00). He also competed rings, finishing 8th (13.950).
Anderson Loren placed 7th on the floor (13.875), and 4th on
pommels (13.800). Jayson Scott placed 6th on pommels
Competition concludes tomorrow, with the second half of the apparatus
finals. Link: Results
JULY 8 - MORGAN LEADS CANADIAN MEN IN PUERTO RICO
Team Canada finished fifth today in Puerto Rico, with Scott Morgan
continuing to impress as an event specialist. He competed three events,
placing in the top 10 on all: FX final (15.10), rings (14.75), and vault
(15.90). Morgan advances to the floor final ranked third.
Canada's all-around results:
Jayson Scott - 7th AA
Anderson Loren - 11th AA Tariq Dowers - 12th AA Hugh Smith - 17th AA Robert Watson - 18th AA Link: Results
JULY 8 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO AND MOORS LEAD CANADA IN PUERTO RICO
Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto and Victoria Moors were
Canada's star performers today in Puerto Rico.
Dancose-Giambattisto finished second in the senior all-around (52.766),
to Jessica Gil of Columbia (53.299). She also advances to three of four
apparatus finals (bars, beam, and floor).
In junior competition, Canada (108.798) finished second to Argentina
(109.530). Leading the way was Victoria Moors (54.165), who finished third
in the all-around to Argentina's Valeria Pereida (54.998) and Natalia Calcagno (54.398).
Moors also qualified to three apparatus finals (vault, bars, and floor).
Rounding out team Canada's juniors was Sabrina Gill (4th AA;
53.566) and Natalie Vaculik (7th AA; 50.366). Vaculik advances to the beam
Qualifying to the women's event finals (or so it appears) are the top four in
each of the junior and senior categories, one per country for age
division. Canadians advancing in their competition are:
Vault: Victoria Moors
Bars: Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Victoria Moors
Beam: Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Natalie Vaculik
Floor: Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Victoria Moors
The senior competition appears to have been a bust for Canada.
Scheduled to join Dancose-Giambattisto today in competition were Brittany
Rogers (who registered only one score, a 8.500, presumably for an
incomplete routine on bars) and Bianca Jordaan (scratched from
competition with an injured knee).
Examiner recently interviewed Emma Sibson, a contender for
Canada's 2012 Olympic team. Sibson talks about an injury to her tibia that
hampered her performance at Canadian Nationals in May, training in Texas
(formerly of WOGA, now at Zenith Elite), and upcoming skills. Hint:
She's training Yurchenko 2.5 (Amanar) and Rudi vaults!
had been hoping to make Canada's team for the Pan Am Games, scheduled on
the heels of World Championships in October. With the timing, it is likely
that most teams will send two different (or nearly different) teams to the
events. Unfortunately, Sibson was not invited to participate in this
summer's training camp and selection for Worlds and Pan Am Games, having
finished 21st in the all-around at Canadian Nationals - yet, second on
Canada's women took bronze today, at the 2011 Japan Cup. China topped
the competition (171.050), with the host
Japan finishing second (167.800).
Canada's men's team finished fifth today (259.950), with Japan taking
first (268.150). The USA finished second (267.250),
and Great Britain (263.500) besting China for
The Japanese Gymnastics Association stated a double objective for the
competition: A test event for October's World Championships (slated for
the same venue) and a return to normalcy after the earthquake and tsunami
in March and ongoing radiation fears. For many teams, the competition also
presented an opportunity to see how they're stacking up to competition for
the all-important Olympic qualifications in October and January.
To qualify a full team to London 2012, a country must finish in the top
8 after prelims at October's World Championships. Those who fall short
advance to a second Olympic qualifier, the London Test Event. Here, the
top four teams will qualify to London. (In addition, both meets present
opportunities for all-arounders and event specialists to qualify).
Today's competition is a boost for both Canadian teams. On the women's
side, three posted scores above 14: Jessica Savona led the way with a
14.45 on vault, closely followed by Talia Chiarelli with a 14.40 on the
same apparatus. Dominique Pegg scored 14.00 on floor, debuting a
double layout (update: Watch
Canada also finished the 5-3-3 format competition comfortably ahead of
Australia, a country which has consistently placed higher than Canada in
recent World and Olympic competitions. Although Australia was forced to
make two substitutions to its lineup last week, Canada was also without
its strongest team. Age-eligible for this meet, but competing instead at
next week's Puerto Rico Cup is Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto. Canada
struggled here on beam, one of Bianca's strongest events.
Good news on the men's side, as well; Canada finished ahead of France
and Korea, two countries that finished ahead of Canada in last year's team
Jayd Lukenchuk posted Canada's top score today, a 15.70 on vault.
Advancing to tomorrow's AA competitions are Dominique Pegg, Jessica
Savona, Jayd Lukenchuk, and Jackson Payne.
JUNE 22 - GYMN.CA INTERVIEW: CHONG AIMING FOR LONDON 2012
Photo courtesy of Stoddard
Earlier this month, Laura-Ann Chong graduated from Oregon State
University. She competed four years of NCAA at OSU, and served as the
student-assistant coach in her fifth year. During this year, the team
became the 2011 PAC-10 Conference Champions, Regional Champions, and
placed 8th at the NCAA Championships.
Chong recently sat down with Gymn.ca to discuss her comeback. Here's a
snippet from the full interview:
...Returning to elite had been in my head throughout my entire
junior and senior year at Oregon State. However, I knew I wanted to try
to focus on other things as well so after my senior year, I took the
year to really invest in my academic efforts and pursue the requirements
to get into a graduate program for physical therapy. Something was still
burning though and after much deliberation, I decided to go for it.
Right now, I'm really trying to get my timing & awareness, and
strength & flexibility back. As any gymnasts knows, any time off of
gym is detrimental to your abilities so taking a complete year off is
definitely challenging. My long term goal is to be ready to compete at
Elite Canada in December. I am focusing only on bars, beam, and floor,
instead of the all-around as I haven't done any vaulting since the
middle of my freshman year.
JUNE 21 - DOWLING QUALIFIES TO DUTCH WORLDS SELECTION SQUAD
Jessica Dowling of Oakville Gymnastics placed 4th AA at last
weekend's Dutch National Championships, and took bronze on bars. Following
the competition, Dowling was named to the 11-member selection squad for
the upcoming World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She plans to stay in Holland to train over the summer. In
her spare time she will continue her coursework via distance learning.
The Canadian selection process for World Championships required
participation at last year's Elite Canada, a meet that Dowling was unable
to compete due to injury. The Dowlings then turned to the Dutch
Federation. By virtue of her Dutch-born mother, Jessica is a dual-citizen.
Women’s Training Squad 1. Céline
van Gerner (TSH Heerenveen)
2. Joy Goedkoop (TSH Heerenveen) 3. Jessica Dowling (TSH Heerenveen) 4. Marlies Rijken (O&O Zwijndrecht / CTO Heerenveen)
5. Wyomi Masela (Bosan TON Oldenzaal)
6. Yvette Moshage (Bosan TON Oldenzaal)
7. Sanne Wevers (Bosan TON Oldenzaal)
8. Lieke Wevers (Bosan TON Oldenzaal)
9. Melissa Scherpenisse (Bosan TON Oldenzaal)
10. Dianne Teunisse (Pro Patria Zoetermeer)
11. Tess Moonen (Pro Patria Zoetermeer)
The Dutch will
name six to the team, plus one traveling alternate. Last year they placed
9th as a team. Canada finished 14th.
JUNE 17 - IG: VACULIK SHIFTS ATTENTION FROM ACADEMICS TO OLYMPICS
Gymnast recently interviewed Kristina Vaculik, who is taking a year
off from studies and NCAA competition at Stanford to pursue her Olympic
was a strong contender for one of Canada's two berths at the 2008 Olympic
Games, but fell short in the controversial points process used to name the
two Olympians. During this time
her elbow flared up, and she was later diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans.
She spent six months rehabbing after surgery in December 2008.
enrolled at Stanford last fall, but took a short break from first term to
compete at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She
struggled in Rotterdam, after falling during podium training. As was
always her intent, she is now taking a year off school to train for the
2011 World Championships, one of two qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics.
top 8 teams from the upcoming Worlds in Tokyo will qualify full teams to
the next Olympics. In January, teams will vie for the remaining spots,
briefed IG on her plan:
My focal points will be increasing the level of difficulty on
some events and performing my routines with precision and
consistency. I will focus on training and preparing for the world
championships (in October) and the Olympics next year. My plan is
to show clean and consistent routines at the world trials in
Gymnast recently interviewed 2011 Canadian all-around champion Jackson
Payne on his win in PEI. Payne says he's still got room for
I still thought I didn't compete to my fullest potential. My
parallel bars, rings and high bar weren't the best routines I have done,
plus my vault needs some upgrading. I still am able to score higher on
those than what I did, but all in all, I am happy that I came out of the
week with only one fall. I was pretty satisfied with my pommel and floor
routines. I know that I can be an important contributor for the team on
pommel horse, so I know that I need to hit it in every competition.
Payne also spoke of his recent training in China:
The trip was very beneficial. It opened my eyes to really see how
strong China is. They have lots of athletes that can compete for their
country at the World Championships and the Olympics. So that showed us
that we, being a smaller team, have to make sure our guys are ready for
every competition we enter.
JUNE 15 - SUPER YOUTH HERO LEADERSHIP SUMMIT WITH KYLE SHEWFELT
Olympians Jayson Krause (Bobsleigh) and Kyle Shewfelt (Gymnastics)
deliver the Super
Hero Strategy, packed into a dynamic weekend summit that is a must for anyone between the ages of 16-19 years
inaugural 'Youth Super Hero Leadership Summit' happens in Calgary at the
University of Calgary, from July 22nd - July 24th! Jayson and Kyle created
this 3 day Summit to inspire the next generation of leaders to take
ownership of their excellence and to make an even bigger impact in the
world. They have specifically designed the weekend to encourage
lasting change and to inspire elevation. The goal is to provide tools,
support and an experience in which participants are ridiculously motivated
to drive their missions to the next level.
weekend will be filled with dynamic activities, daring challenges and
intense self-reflection. X-ray vision will be placed on:
powerful, resonating and value driven purpose)
traits that make you awesome!)
that help you maintain balance)
things that get in your way)
things you tell yourself that prevent you from success)
factors suck your energy)
habits for success)
it all together in a plan of action!)
be providing (2) follow up coaching sessions for each participant to
encourage continued growth after the weekend is complete.
Canada is also fielding a full men's team to face off with the Puerto
Rican men's team, who finished a surprise 12th at last year's World
Championships. Canada is looking to move up two spots, to qualify a full
team to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Competition is 6-5-4, same as qualifications at World Championships.
JUNE 13 - CAMBRIDGE LOOKING FOR WAG COMPETITIVE COACH
Elvira Saadi submitted a letter of resignation Friday. She is leaving
Cambridge Kips to open her own gymnastics club, also in Cambridge. The new
club, Dynamo Gymnastics, is set to open later this summer. It's a
collaboration between Saadi and partners Chris Moors and Lisa Rutledge,
parents of gymnasts Victoria and Brooklyn Moors.
"...I’m leaving so my dream can come true," Saadi told
Times. "I have to tell you it’s not easy. For 18 years I put
all my heart into the Kips and I really enjoyed it there. We worked
together and we produced gymnasts,” she said.
Saadi and many of her competitive athletes are temporarily training at
Revolution Gymnastics in Waterloo, waiting for the new gym to open.
JUNE 8 - JAPAN CUP TEAMS NAMED
Canada is sending full teams to the Japan Cup, slated for Tokyo in
early July in the same venue set to host World Championships in October.
The women's team consists of Madeline Gardiner, Dominique Pegg, Talia Chiarelli, Jessica Savona, and
Coralie Leblond-Chartrand. The men's team consists of Ken Ikeda,
Nathan Gafuik, Jackson Payne, Brandon O'Neill, and Jayd Lukenchuk.
Kevin Lytwyn and Casey Sandy will travel to Japan and train
with their teammates at the Japanese National Training Center leading up
to the competition.
Competition is 5-3-3, same as team finals for London 2012.
Gymnastics has been dealt another blow; At the FIG's request, the age
minimum for October's Pan Am Games (Gaudalajara, Mexico) will be raised
from 14 to 16. Many nations were earmarking the event to give 1996 born
girls experience competing at a Major Games, on podium.
The Games also follow on the heals of this year's World Championships,
making it difficult to field the same athletes to both events. Australia
seemed to master back-to-back competitions last year, fielding the near
identical teams to both Commonwealth Games and World Championships, but
MAY 31 - WATCH CANADIAN NATIONALS ONLINE
Missed CBC's broadcast of the Canadian Gymnastics Championships
Saturday? You're in luck! Coverage of the apparatus finals can be
streamed online at CBC
MAY 30 - DOWLING TO NETHERLANDS? COLUSSI-PELAEZ TO SPAIN?
Jessica Dowling and Silvia Colussi-Pelaez both have dual citizenship,
and are considering trying to make their other country's national
gymnastics teams. Dowling recently traveled to the Netherlands to train,
and Silvia has been invited to try-out by the Spanish National Gymnastics
MAY 30 - SITES FOR NEXT QUAD'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCED
The FIG has announced the host cities for World Championships next
2013 - Antwerp, Belgium
2014 - TBA (rumoured to be Nanning, China)
2015 - Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland is also the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
MAY 30 - TI LIU TO UCLA
Ti Liu of Club Gymnix is reportedly heading to UCLA as a walk-on.
MAY 30 - REVOLUTIONS GYMNASTICS SEEKING COACH
Revolutions Gymnastics is seeking coaches.
Click here for more details.
MAY 11 - MISSISSAUGA SEEKING COACH
Gymnastics Mississauga is seeking a WAG Pre-Comp coach. Click here
for more details.
MAY 5 - CHAMPIONS SEEKS COACH
Champions Gymnastics is seeking a full time coach for its women's
Click here for more details.
MAY 5 - CANADIAN MEN COMPETING AT CHINESE NATIONALS
Canada's top team is in China for a training camp, and will compete as
guests (hors de concours) at this weekend's China National Championships.
"We are, of course, very excited and honored to be the first foreign
team in history to be invited to participate in the Chinese
championships," Gymnastics Canada Men's Program Director Jeff
Thomson told IG.
The team in China includes Nathan Gafuik, Ken
Ikeda, Brandon O'Neill, Casey Sandy,
Kevin Lytwyn, Jayd Lukenchuk, Jackson
Payne and Jason Scott.
After China, Gafuik heads to Moscow for a World Cup stop. Next on the
calendar are the Canadian National
Championships, which take place in Charlottetown, PEI in two and a half
weeks. CBC will be airing same day coverage of the apparatus finals from
Charlottetown, on May 28.
APRIL 28 - BURLINGTON SEEKING COACH
Burlington Gymnastics is seeking an NCCP Level 2 certified coach.
Click here for more details.
Team Canada surprised in Edmonton this weekend, besting guests from
China who settled for silver. Despite fielding their strongest gymnasts to Team Canada 1 (Jessica
Savona, Sabrina Gill, and Mikaela Gerber), Oakville
Gymnasts was able to draw on their depth and field a second team (Krishna
Yemeni, Bianca Jordan, and Silvia Colussi-Pelaesz) who
surprised by finishing third ahead of Team Canada 2 (2010 Worlds team
member Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Commonwealth Games team member
and University of Arizona-bound Kristin Klarenbach, and Dominique
Pegg who's coming back from injury).
Headlining the team from China was 2008 Olympic gold medallist Jiang
Yuyuan, who was joined by newcomers Shang Chunsong and Huang
Huidan. Jiang had a surprisingly "off" day, qualifying to a
lone apparatus final. The performance spelled disaster for team China, who
actually entered Jiang and Huang as Team China (in a 3-3-2 format) and
Shang as an individual competitor. With only two per team eligible to
advance to each apparatus final, the China banked on being able to field
all three girls to each final if one competed as an individual.
The strategy failed, with Shang Chunsong outperforming her teammates
and winning the all-around. Had she been tagged officially as Team China,
her scores would have counted on all four apparatus (Jiang on V and FX,
and Huang on UB and BB) and China would have outscored Team Canada 1 to
take the gold. This isn't exactly new territory for Jiang, who looked well
past her prime for much of 2010 but came back to take silver in the
all-around behind Russia's Aliya Mustafina. Don't rule her out! She has a
excellent new floor routine, and China would've have invested in a new
routine for her if they lacked faith.
Another who fell victim to the apparatus qualifications was Mikaela
Gerber, whose dramatic floor routine placed fourth in prelims but
behind Team Canada 1 teammates. She sat on the sidelines, watching fellow
Canadians (but not Team Canada 1 gymnasts) who scored more than a half
point lower in prelims advance. Teammate Sabrina Gill also
impresses on floor, with choreography and presentation.
Australia fielded two teams, but both threw away their competitions
early on with dismal performances on vault and bars. Most promising is Katie
Wurth, who finished 5th AA and ws one of only two Aussies to advance to
the apparatus finals. Wurth impressed with her poise, despite a visibly
sore back, particular on floor (which is said to have been choreographed
by former Australian great Dasha Joura). World team member Emily Little
grabbed Australia's lone medal of the competition, a silver on beam.
The apparatus finals saw four different gold medallists: Sarah Flett
(Vault), Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (Bars), Shang Chunsong (Beam),
and Jessica Savona (Floor). Dancose-Giambattisto shows tremendous
improvement in form and attention to detail since competition six months
ago, especially on bars and beam. Jessica Savona is doing the hardest
tumbling of any Canadian WAG at the moment, opening with a piked double
the junior category, Kaitlyn Hofland (52.017) won the all-around
ahead of Natalie Vaculik (51.817) and Maegan Chant (51.25).
No international guests competed, after Wales withdrew once several of
their girls (including Angel Romaeo) received a GBR assignment to
L'International Gymnix, held two weeks earlier. In the apparatus finals, Maegan
Chant (trained by 1992 Romanian Olympian Cristina Bontas) topped on
vault and floor, Natalie Vaculik posted top marks on bars, and Hailey
Westney took beam.
Team: 1. Team Canada 1 (Jessica Savona, Sabrina Gill, Mikaela Gerber)
Canada "Red" and Canada "White" surprised at the
Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival (KSGF), besting guests from the USA and
China. Competition tonight used the 4-3-3 format (four members to a team,
three athletes up per apparatus, all three scores counting).
Canada "Red" claimed the top team score, and consisted of
Olympic veterans Nathan Gafuik and Brandon O'Neill, recent
men's Elite Canada runner-up and 2007 Worlds team member and former NCAA
Champion Casey Sandy, and relative newcomer Jason Scott.
One of Canada's top all-arounders, Gafuik competed only 5 events
tonight, skipping floor. Fellow Beijing Olympian O'Neill provided a
spectacular return to competition tonight, scoring over 15 on the three
events he competed. He also posted the top score of the night on his specialty,
floor exercise (16.250).
Sandy posted the top all-around score amongst all Canadians, finishing
Canada "White" consisted of the newly crowned Men's Elite
Canada champion Jackson Payne, 2010 Worlds veterans Kevin Lytwyn
and Jayd Lukenchuk, and former junior standout Tariq Dowers
now competing in the senior ranks. Canada "White" placed
The USA finished third in the competition, with Tyler Mizoguchi finishing
second in the all-around standings.
China finished a surprising fourth, but found a star in Liu Rongbing,
who won tonight's all-around (87.400). It must be emphasized that China
was one man short of a full team, with Wu Guanhua not competing. Thus,
all three teammates (Liu, Tong Yingjie and Lu Bo) competed a
full six apparatus. Lu Bo struggled the most, counting several
falls. Perhaps still struggling from jet lag, and Calgary's high altitude?
The team arrived only Tuesday.
1. Canada "Red"
2. Canada "White
Gymnastics Canada has announced the appointment of Ms. Kyna Fletcher as the new Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) National Team Director. As an NCCP Level IV coach, sport administrator, BC Provincial Coach and passionate volunteer chair of the GCG WAG Program Assembly for the past 12 years, Ms. Fletcher brings a broad range of knowledge and expertise to this new position. Her professional work experience and interpersonal skills will be a great asset for the federation.
More recently, Ms. Fletcher has taken on additional responsibilities with Gymnastics Canada to include a leadership role with the WAG National Team. She has been the WAG Team Leader to the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships and 2010 World Championships and coordinating National Team program preparation activities such as training camps and sport science program support.
Ms. Fletcher has a very good understanding of the Canadian gymnastics delivery system and a leadership and communication style that brings people together. She is passionate about gymnastics and very excited to join the Gymnastics Canada staff.
As the WAG National Team Director, Ms. Fletcher will be responsible for the direction and management of the Senior, Junior and Youth National Team Programs. She will work closely with the Program Director, the coaches of National Team athletes and other technical advisors to the National Team program.
Ms. Fletcher is truly committed in developing a close and solid working relationship with all the National Team and High Performance coaches in Canada and the Provincial and National partners.
MARCH 13 - GYMNIX WRAPS UP IN MONTREAL
L'International Gymnix wrapped up today in Montreal, crowning 5
individuals with apparatus wins:
MARCH 12 - MOORS LEADS TEAM CANADA TO GYMNIX JUNIOR CUP WIN
Victoria Moors posted the top score on three apparatus at
today's Gymnix Junior Cup, easily taking the all-around title (55.925) and
paving the way to team gold for Canada. Rounding out "Canada
Red" was Sabrina Gill (2nd AA; 54.925), Natalie Vaculik
(3rd AA; 53.12), and Jordyn Pedersen (11th AA; 51.100).
The top scoring international competition was Russia's Yulia
Tipaeva (4th AA; 53.050). Russia placed second as a team, with Great
Britain third. Canada's second team came fourth. Both Great Britain and
Canada 2 competed one gymnast short.
Junior Cup AA
1. Victoria Moors (CAN)
2. Sabrina Gill (CAN)
3. Natalie Vaculik (CAN)
4. Yulia Tipaeva (RUS)
5. Gabrielle Jupp (GBR)
It's coming up pretty fast, but I still haven't decided. It would be
a lot of hard work to get back to that level. I don't know if I'm ready to
make those steps yet. I'm just working really hard to make everything
consistent for college gymnastics, and go from there.
March is a busy month for Canadian Gymnastics, with three major Invitationals
hosting local and foreign elites.
kicks off March 10 in Montreal and features Canadians Madeline
Gardiner, Kristin Klarenbach, Jessica Savona, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, Christine Lee, Sabrina Gill, Victoria
Moors, Vivi Babalis, and Brianna Clark and International guests
Alina Martynova (RUS), Jessica Gil Ortiz (COL), Georgia Wheeler
(AUS), Venus Romaeo (GBR), Angel Romaeo (GBR), Jessica Hogg (GBR), Asuka Teramoto (JPN), Julie
Croket (BEL), and Brianna DeJardin (BEL).
Two weeks later Alberta plays host to the inaugural Kyle
Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival (KSGF) in Calgary and Wild Rose
Invitational in Edmonton. KSGF kicks off Friday night with a tri meet,
featuring Canada, China, and the USA. Athletes slated to
slated to include Nathan Gafuik
and Jackson Payne. From China will be Lu Bo, Tong
the USA will beDylan
Akers, Andrew Elkind, Tyler Mizoguchi, and Jesse Silverstein. Marco
Mayr from Austria will also be competing, but without a team.
The premiere "Big
Show" takes place Saturday and includes local media professionals,
celebrity judges, Olympic friends, and more!
Wild Rose returns to
Edmonton with China and Australia sending a mix of World team members and
up-and-comers. Headlining the roster is 2008 Olympic and 2009 Worlds gold medallist
Jiang Yuyuan. She'll be joined by Huang Huidan and Shang
Chunsong. From Australia comes Georgia-Rose Brown, Britt Greeley,
Tierra Exum, Emily Little, and Katie Wurth. The Canadian roster
has yet to be announced, but is likely to include the host gym's Kristin
Klarenbach and Miranda Meyer.
Update (March 15): Team Canada at Wild Rose to include Jessica Savona
(Ontario), Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (Québec), Coralie
Leblond-Chartrand (Québec) and Kristin Klarenbach (Alberta).
Update (March 15): Dominique Pegg (Ontario) is replacing Coralie
Leblond-Chartrand (Québec). The host club's Miranda Meyer (Alberta)
won't be competing, after all.
Stay tuned to Gymn.ca for news and video!
FEBRUARY 21 - ROGERS RESUMES TRAINING
Brittany Rogers has received the green light to resume full training,
after foot surgery. Rogers suffered the injury dismounting beam, at the
2010 Pacific Rim Championships last April. She had surgery in November.
Anysia Unick claimed the top score on floor at this year's 2011
WOGA Classic, held in Frisco, TX. Overall she placed 5th all-around, with Madeline
Gardiner placing 6th. In the junior category, Victoria Moors placed
5th AA. Gymnastike
The trio appear on the cover of the March 2011 issue of International
Gymnast. See their routines from the weekend prior, at the Nadia
Comaneci Invitational (YouTube: IGonline)
FEBRUARY 17 - LIVE SCORING FROM CANADA WINTER GAMES
The Gymnastics competition concludes today in Halifax, at the Canada
Winter Games. Follow the live
scoring from today's apparatus finals, and stay tuned to Gymn.ca's
YouTube channel over the weekend for more video!
FEBRUARY 15 - TIE AT CANADA WINTER GAMES
Simon Porter took gold in
today's all-around competition in Halifax, at the Canada Winter Games.
Second place went to Kal Nemier, with Mathieu Csukassy
rounding out the podium.
Silvia Colussi-Pelaez and Sabrina Gill tied for gold in
today's all-around competition in Halifax, at the Canada Winter Games. Mikaela
Gerber took bronze. All three train at Oakville Gymnastics. Stay tuned
reports that the top three all-arounders hail from Oakville Gymnastics:
Sabrina Gill (1st), Silvia Colussi-Pelaez (2nd) and Miki Gerber (3rd). All
three will advance to the all-around finals. The AA features the top 36
all-arounders (max. 3 per province). Top 8 per apparatus advance to the
event finals (max. 2 per province).
FEBRUARY 13 - CANADA WINTER GAMES FEED BUFFERING FOR YOU, TOO?
If you're like me, and all the Bell Aliant webfeed does is
buffer...head over to the official site for live
FEBRUARY 13 - CANADA WINTER GAMES: WOMEN'S TEAM SESSION 2 BEGINS SOON
Surf over to Bell Aliant
at 3:40pm EST to watch the second session of the women's team competition
featuring BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. There are two different camera
feeds (angles) available.
Session 1 wrapped up earlier this morning. Saskatchewan leads, followed
by Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
Herald has a report about Nova Scotia's efforts. The team had a strong
showing on vault but struggled on bars. Their goal is to finish fifth
Canada's YouTube channel has the first of two videos uploaded.
Kyle Shewfelt is at the Games as part of the AthletesCan contingent,
and is at the sold-out arena encouraging the athletes. Shewfelt qualified
to the 1995 and 1999 Canada Winter Games, but injuries forced him to
withdraw from both teams. ?Dashed dreams,? he told the Halifax Chronicle
Herald. ?But (the Games) were a really great learning curve. It
teaches you that as an athlete, you don't always get what you want.?
Ultimately, Shewfelt went on to three Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008)
winning gold in Athens 2004.
Fellow Olympian David Kikuchi also has a role at these Games -
he's Nova Scotia's men's coach. Kikuchi reflected to Halifax's Chronicle
Herald on his own experience competing at the Canada Winter Games,
back in 1995. "It was my first multi-sport Games and it was cool to
be a part of...It was one of the experiences that helped me figure out
that I wanted to continue and to put a lot of effort into the sport."
Kikuchi reports that Nova Scotia's men's team is also striving for a fifth
Gabrielle May, double bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth
Games, is also in Halifax. She's serving as Team Manitoba's honourary
captain. "I'm really happy to do something like this," May told
Free Press. "I get to be the No. 1 cheerleader for all the
athletes, share my experiences with them, and prepare them for the
FEBRUARY 12 - UNICK WINS NADIA COMANECI INVITATIONAL
Anysia Unick topped the field at this year's Nadia Comaneci
Invitational in Oklahoma City. The win marks a spectacular return to competition
for Unick, who sat out competition for almost a year following knee and
Fellow Canadian Madeline Gardiner placed second in the senior
division, with teammate Victoria Moors placing fourth amongst
juniors. Moors is said to have opened her floor exercise with a
The trio is scheduled to compete at next weekend's WOGA Classic in
Frisco, TX along with Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto.
FEBRUARY 12 - GRAVES AND MORGAN FLAGBEARERS AT CANADA WINTER GAMES
Two of the flag bearers at today's opening ceremonies at the Canada
Winter Games are gymnasts!
Curtis Graves turns 18 today, and is carrying Saskatchewan's
"I'm not really nervous. I'm more excited,'' Graves told
"It's a tremendous honour for me to carry the flag and to represent
Saskatchewan and all of the sports at the Canada Games...It is amazing
that I was chosen out of all the great athletes who have come to the
Games in their chosen sports. For me to be chosen, it's just awesome.''
This will be Graves' second appearance at the Canada Winter Games,
having competed at the 2007 Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is the
reigning junior men's champion on high bars. The men's competition kicks
Carrying the flag for PEI is Chris Morgan, also competing at
his second Canada Winter Games.
"It couldn't happen to a nicer guy than Chris," team coach Jim
Rand told PEI's The
Guardian. "He is our unofficial team captain in the gym and he is
a determined, steady and responsible individual. It is a great honour
both for him personally and for our sport. Choosing our flag
bearer was a difficult decision because we have so many outstanding
athletes attending in week one," commented Team PEI Chef-de-Mission
Sa Jo-anne Wallace. "In the end though, Chris stood out, not only for his
ability in gymnastics but for his mature and responsible attitude. He is
a fine role model and will do a great job for Team P.E.I."
Host broadcast TSN has no coverage planned for gymnastics. Send your
feedback on this matter to TSN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looks like Bell Aliant
may come through with web casting - hopefully they archive the footage for
those of us Westerners who may be at work during the competition hours!
A strong contingent is scheduled for next month's WOGA Classic. Bianca
Dancose-Giambattisto (2010 World Championships) and Maddie Gardiner
(2010 Youth Olympic Games) both saw World class competition last year. Victoria
Moors, newly crowned Junior Elite Canada champion, trains alongside
Perhaps the most exciting addition to this contingent is Anysia Unick,
who has out of competition with injury for nearly a year. She won a silver
on bars in her first World Cup event overseas, the 2010 Cottbus Cup.