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Archive: September 2005

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SEPTEMBER 18 - DAMIANOVA TENTH AT INT'L JAPAN JUNIORS

Nansy Damianova tied for 10th all-around at the 2005 International Japan Juniors, held today in Yokohama, Japan. The USA went 1-2 at the competition, with Natasha Kelley placing first and Bianca Flohr second. Sandra Izbasa (ROM) rounded out the medal podium.

Women's All-Around 
1. Natasha Kelley USA 37.250 
2. Bianca Flohr USA 37.150 
3. Sandra Izbasa ROM 36.450 
4. Hu Yuhong CHN 36.300 
5. Chloe Sims AUS 35.850 
6. Momoko Ozawa JPN 35.400 
7. Marie Hindermann GER 35.075 
8. Daria Joura AUS 34.900 
9. Anja Brinker GER 34.500 
10. Yuu Minobe JPN 34.325 
10. Nansy Damianova CAN 34.325 
12. Sabrina Kachroud FRA 33.225 
13. Olesya Ischenko UKR 32.850 
14. Nadezhda Chikhiryova RUS 32.300


SEPTEMBER 17 - THREE MEDALS FOR CANADA AT WORLD TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada has claimed three medals at the World Championships for Trampoline and Tumbling taking place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands this week. The Canadian men successfully defended their team gold in double mini tramp, outscoring second place Bulgaria by two points (111.20 to 110.20). Spain finished third with a 106.80 score. Burlington's Denis Vachon was the top performer in finals, with a 37.70 score - the highest total of any competitor in the team final. Other team members were Bryan Milonja of St-Bruno, Quebec, who also qualified for the individual final, finishing in fifth place, and Bob Watson and Jamie Lange, both of Calgary.

In the women's syncrho trampoline event, Canada took silver with a strong showing by Karen Cockburn and Rosannagh MacLennan, both of Toronto, who scored 48.30 in the finals, just two tenths behind the Russian pair of Natalia Chernova and Irina Karavayeva, (48.50) and ahead of bronze medallists Anna Dogonadze and Jessica Simon of Germany (46.30). Cockburn, the defending individual world champion, qualified for the finals for the fourth consecutive world championships, and ended up sixth, with a 37.60 score. Karavayeva, Chernova, and Dogonadze rounded out the podium. Other Canadian entrants in the women's trampoline event were MacLennan, who finished 25th in preliminaries, Sarah Charles of Coquitlam, B.C. (30th), and Ottawa's Brenna Casey (29th).

Team Canada also medalled in the women's double mini team competition, finishing third with a 92.50 score. Portugal took the gold with a 103.70, followed closely by the United States, who scored an even 103.00. Individually for Canada, defending individual champion Charles, was the top scorer in the team final, after a missed jump in the preliminaries had taken her out of contention to defend her title. Other Canadian team members were Jane Bickerstaffe of Coquitlam, B.C. Rose James of North Bay and Julie Warnock of Calgary.

In the men's trampoline competition, the top Canadian finisher was Milonja, who finished 25th in preliminaries. Former Olympic bronze medallist Mathieu Turgeon of Toronto finished 29th, and Charles Thibault of Quebec City 53rd. In men's synchro trampoline, Jason Burnett of Toronto and Thibault paired up to finish 14th in the prelims, with Karl L’Ecuyer of St-Bruno and Milonja finishing 19th. Canada also had entrants in the tumbling competition, where the men's team qualified for the finals and finished fourth. Team members were Vachon (15th in individual prelims), Chris Donaldson of Calgary (29th), Anton Minayev of Calgary (23rd), and Cletus Okpoh of Coquitlam, B.C. (16th). In women's tumbling, Emily Smith of Burlington finished 15th, Andree Matte of Burlington, 20th, and Micki Pilson and Kim Cameron, both of Calgary, finished 27th and 30th respectively.

Full results from all disciplines can be found at the FIG website.


SEPTEMBER 13 - HIGHLIGHTS OF WOMEN'S SELECTION CAMP

Last night the Canadian women had their first of two mock meets in preparation for team selection for the Pan Am and World Championships. Gymn.ca is happy to present you with video highlights of some of the routines presented. Please right click the links in order to save the video to your computer.

Marci Berhnoltz: Uneven Bars and Balance Beam

Alyssa Brown: Vault and Balance Beam

Laura-Ann Chong: Uneven Bars and Balance Beam

Aisha Gerber: Balance Beam

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs: Uneven Bars and Balance Beam

Jenna Kerbis: Floor

Gael Mackie: Uneven Bars and Balance Beam


SEPTEMBER 9 - TOP CANADIAN WOMEN BATTLE FOR TEAM SPOTS AT GYMNASTICS MISSISSAUGA

Several of Canada's top female gymnasts will be participating at a training camp at Gymnastics Mississauga this week, in preparation for team selections for the upcoming Pan American Championships in Brazil and the World Championships in Australia. The training camp will include two mock competitions on Monday, September 12th and Wednesday September 14th, with warm-ups beginning and 2:00 and the march in and compeittion to follow at 4:00. Tickets will be avaiable for $10 per day for adults and $5 for seniors. Gymnastics Mississauga is located at 1395 Mississauga Valley Blvd. Directions are available on their website.

Gymnasts participating in the camp include: Alyssa Brown (Gymnastics Mississauga), Marci Bernholtz (ASF), Laura-Ann Chong (Phoenix), Aisha Gerber (Cambridge), Brittnee Habbib (Gemini), Elyse Hopnfer-Hibbs (Seneca), Jenna Kerbis (Brandon Eagles), Jennifer Lezeu (Cambridge), Gael Mackie (Omega), and Rebecca Simbhudas (Pulsars). Olympian and former Canadian national all-around champion Kylie Stone is unfortunately unable to participate in the camp due to injury.



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