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Archive: June 2004

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Montreal native Vanessa Meloche began her international career back in 1997 when she was just twelve years old. In the following years, Meloche would add several other international competitions to her resume, most notably the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where she came home with three bronze medals (team, vault, and uneven bars). Throughout her career, she went through two major coaching changes, as well as several injuries, including a torn ACL, which dashed her Olympic aspirations earlier this year.

In this Gymn.ca exclusive interview, Meloche discusses her gymnastics career this far, as well as her goals for the future.


With the 2004 Canadian Artistic Championships coming to a close, Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique names the athletes who have been invited to the upcoming Olympic trials. For the men, trials take place July 7 at Calgary Gymnastics Center and July 10 at the University of Calgary. That same weekend, Canada's best female gymnasts will battle for spots on the women's team. Sport Seneca, site of the 2000 Olympic Trials, will once again play host to this important battle.

Men's Olympic Trials competitors:
David Kikuchi
, Halifax Alta Gym Club
Grant Golding, University of Calgary 
Nathan Gafuik, University of Calgary
Kyle Shewfelt, Altadore Gymnastics Club
Alexander Jeltkov, Centre National Montreal
Casey Sandy, Burlington BG's
Adam Wong, Calgary Gymnastics Centre
Brandon O’Neill, Capital city Gym Club
Ken Ikeda, Twisters Gym Club
Richard Ikeda, Twisters Gym Club

University of Calgary Red Gym
Kinesiology Building
July 10th, 2004
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Advance tickets may be purchased for $10.00, or $15.00 at the door. For more information, contact Karl Balisch.

Women's Olympic Trials competitors:
Kylie Stone
, Stampede City Gymnastics Club
Melanie Banville, Ottawa Gymnastics Centre
Heather Purnell, Ottawa Gymnastics Centre
Amelie Plante, Gymnix
Laura-Ann Chong, Abbotsford Twisters
Kate Richardson, Abbotsford Twisters/UCLA
Marci Bernholtz, ASF
Danielle Hicks, ASF
Jennifer Simbhudas, Winstonettes
Gael Mackie, Omega

Seneca College / Sport Seneca
July 10 -11, 2004
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tickets will be available for $20 for the weekend, or $12 per day. For more information please call 416-491-5050 ext. 2316.


Mississauga is the host city of the 2004 Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Competition takes place June 2-5 at the Hershey Centre, and Gymn.ca will be on hand to cover the events. Please check Gymn.ca's 2004 Canadian Artistic Championships portal throughout the week, for the latest updates.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has also confirmed their coverage of the event. CBC will be broadcasting LIVE from the Hershey Centre Saturday June 5, starting at 4pm EST/1pm PST. A two hour broadcast is planned.


The 2004 Rhythmic National Championships begins today in Edmonton, Alberta with the Novice and Junior competition.  The senior competition will commence on Friday, and features Alexandra Orlando, winner of 5 medals at the recent Pacific Alliance championships.  The Championships conclude with the event finals on Sunday.


For more information and results check out the official competition website, or jump to the results section of RG Alberta.

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