Available today! Features Sydney Townsend and her coaches
Aaron and Angela Brokenshire.
DECEMBER 15 - MOORS A DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST IN TOKYO
Victoria Moors unveiled a new floor routine this
wekeend at the Tokyo Cup, and took gold on the event for her efforts! She
also won silver on beam the same day, and gold on bars the day prior.
Canada fielded a large contingent of men: Ken Ikeda
placed 5th on pommels and 6th on high bar. Robert Watson
placed 6th on floor and 10th on rings and p-bars. Zach Clay
12th on floor, 10th on pommels, 11th on vault and p-bars Steve
Chaplin placed 9th on high bar and 12th on rings.
Canada's Briannah Tsang finished 8th at the DTB Cup World Cup
today. Elizabeth Price (USA) topped the 8-women field, with Larissa
Iordache (ROM) taking silver. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) took bronze, rounding
out the podium.
NOVEMBER 16 - VK WOO MEDALS AT FINAL DAY OF MASSILIA
Victoria Kayen Woo brought home Canada's only medal in
today's apparatus finals, at the Massilia competition in France. She
earned bronze on bars, an event won by France's Louise Vanhille with
Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko taking bronze.
Natalie Vaculik placed fourth on beam and fifth on bars.
Shallon Olsen placed fourth on vault.
Vault 1. Alla Sosnitskaya (RUS) 14.700 / D 5.6 & 5.8 2. Larisa
Iordache (ROU) 14.650 / D 5.0 & 5.8 3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 14.600 / D
5.8 & 5.0 4. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.500 /D
5.0 & 5.8 5. Anamaria Ocolisan (ROU) 14.267 / D 5.0 & 5.8 6. Kelly Simm (GBR) 14.233 / D 5.8
& 5.0 7. Alicia Boren (USA All Star) 14.133 / 5.3 & 5.0
Bars 1. Louise Vanhille (FRA) 14.067 / D 5.6 2. Ekaterina
Kramarenko (RUS) 14.067 / D 5.8 3.
Victoria Kayen Woo (CAN) 13.533 / D 5.3 4. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.000 / D 4.7 5. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 12.533 / D 5.5
6. Anna Rodionova (RUS) 12.233 / D 5.7
Beam 1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.633 / D 6.9 2. Andreea Munteanu (ROU)
15.000 /D 6.4 3. Evegeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 13.533 / D 6.0 4. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 13.500 / D 5.5
5. Claire Martin (FRA) 13.400 / D 5.8 6. Ekaterina Kramarenko (RUS) 11.333 / D 5.2
Floor 1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.000 / D ? 2. Andreea Munteanu
(ROU) 14.267 / D 5.7 3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.700 / D 5.5 4. Alla
Sosnitskaya (RUS) 13.267 / D 5.6 5. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 13.067 / D
5.7 6. Valentine Sabatou (FRA) 12.567 / 4.9
NOVEMBER 16 - VACULIK LEADS CANADIANS AT MASTER MASSILIA
For the second day in a row, Natalie Vaculik led the Canadian entrants in
France. In today's Masters Massilia, Vaculik placed sixth. The event was
won by Romania's Larissa Iordache, with teammate Andreea Munteanu claiming
silver and bronze going to Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko.
Sabrina Gill placed 11th, followed by Shallon
Olsen (14th) and Victoria Kayen Woo (15th).
Qualified to apparatus finals are Shallon Olsen (vault), Natalie Vaculik
(Bars, Beam), and VK Woo (Bars). Gill is first reserve for bars and Woo is
second reserve for beam.
NOVEMBER 15 - CANADA TAKES SILVER AT OPEN MASSILIA
Team Canada took silver at today's Open Massilia, with Natalie
Vaculik leading the pack and finishing second all-around. Her
teammates included Sabrina Gill (9th AA), Mariana
Colussi-Pelaesz (14th AA), and Sydney Townsend
Team Canada - Gym Richeliu placed 12th, led by Kirsten Petermen
who finished 6th individually.
Team 1. BEL 1 156.675 2. CAN Open 156.500 3. FRA Open 1
In today's interview with
International Gymnast magazine, Gill
hints to some new skills we'll see her compete at the upcoming Mexican
NOVEMBER 11 - PODCAST FEATURING JESSICA TUDOS
Tudos, member of Canada's 1984 Olympic gymnastics team, appears
on this week's
Kwong Dore Podcast.
Jessica Tudos is an Olympic gymnast turned educator, entrepreneur,
motivational speaker and Kika Creative Director. She has turned her
experiences in gymnastics into the children's story Kika the Upside Down
Girl. With a
Kickstarter campaign just completed to publish the book,
Jessica is ready to share this story with the world. The story revolves
around the determined Kika, who seeks out others that embrace her passion
for somersaults, vaults and flips. Kika’s passion leads her to The
Gymnastics Emporium, a magical upside down place. For any child who has
ever felt slightly “upside down” in a right side up world, Kika the Upside
Down Girl will inspire them to find and cultivate their special talent in
unique and adventurous ways, despite the pressure they may feel to
conform. Paul spoke to Jessica about her experiences representing Canada
at the 1984 Olympic Games, her life after gymnastics, the Kickstarter
campaign behind the publishing of the book and what's next for Kika.
NOVEMBER 4 - LEE MAINTAINS POSITIVE ATTITUDE DESPITE DEVASTATING NEWS
Peng Peng Lee undergoes ACL revision surgery tomorrow,
so miss another NCAA season. She sat out her Freshman year of competition,
last year, rehabbing the ACL torn leading up to the 2012 Canadian National
Championships. The initial surgery apparently did not work properly, so
she'll undergo another surgery tomorrow.
"I had my moment of being
really upset because I was super-excited about the season. I sat out last
season and, watching all the girls, I just wanted to get out there and
compete," Lee told UCLA. "But stuff happens, and sometimes it's
uncontrollable. People go through adversities, but I know I can come back,
and I'm not worried about what is going to happen with my gymnastics."
"I'm still thinking about doing another four years and going to an
Olympic Games, so I don't think people should lose hope because I'm not
losing hope," she continued. "I still have faith in everything I do, and
after this surgery, I'm going to be that much stronger and have that much
more of an edge over those who aren't mentally as strong. When people go
through tough times and they have to go through a lot they just come out a
"It's just another bump in the road," she assured. "Injuries are
unfortunately a part of gymnastics, but I wouldn't be doing it unless I
loved it. And because I love it, I'm just going to come back as strong as
ever. Don't underestimate the power of my mind!"
NOVEMBER 3 - REMEMBERING LAST MONTH'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Representing Canada will be Kaitlyn Hofland, Victoria Kayen
Woo, Brianna Clark, and Isabela Onyshko.
OCTOBER 30 - CHANT FINISHES 7TH AT ARTHUR GANDER MEMORIAL
Maegan Chant finished 7th all-around at this year's Arthur Gander
Memorial, a Swiss competition where the women compete on their three
best piece of apparatus. Chant competed vault, beam and floor choosing
to sit out bars. The podium was dominated by Larissa Iordache (ROM), Giulia
Steingruber (SWI), and Elisabeth Seitz (GER).
Kevin Lytwyn also competed, finishing 11th, having
struggled on floor. In the men's competition, they compete four of six
Both gymnasts compete this coming weekend, in the Swiss Cup, which
is a Mixed Pairs event.
OCTOBER 26 - TAYLOR LINDSEY-NOEL TALKS ABOUT HER SPINAL INJURY
Coach Rick linked to this piece, where 2012 Olympic hopeful
Taylor Lindsey-Noel talks about the injury in 2008 that left her partially
paralyzed. He provides some colour, adding that she under-rotated a
toe-on double front dismount from bars. It was a new skill for her,
done without a pit.
OCTOBER 25 - MOORS TALKS ABOUT "THE MOORS" WITH CBC RADIO
Victoria Moors speaks with
CBC Radio about her the new move, which was named after her after
successfully performing it at the recent 2013 World Championships in
"It was just
amazing! I was so happy, and so proud of myself for finally landing
it," Moors told CBC. "The first day [qualification round] didn't go as
planned, but the second day [all-around final] landing it made it more
sweet."The Moors was evaluated with an "I" difficulty, the first "I" in
the women's Code of Point!
The 2014 World Championships will be held in Nanning, China with
the 2015 World Championships slated for Glasgow, Scotland. Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil hosts the 2016 Olympics.
OCTOBER 12 - TV ALERT: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tune in today and tomorrow for NBC's broadcast of the 2013 World
Championships from Antwerp, Belgium.
CBC's coverage airs next weekend, October 19, featuring commentary from
Kyle Shewfelt and Lori Strong.
OCTOBER 6 - BLACK 8TH ON FLOOR
Ellie Black in competed in the floor
final today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World Championships. She finished
8th. It was her second final at this level of competition, having
competed in the Olympic vault final last year.
Black's plan is to home now and work on new skills!
OCTOBER 4 - MOORS 10TH, BLACK 13TH AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fantastic results from Antwerp today, at the 2013 World
Championships. rong>Victoria Moors
all-around, the best finish in that event for any woman at World or
Olympic competition. Moreover, Moors successfully landed the layout
double-double on floor. It will now be included in the Code of Points
(COP) as the Moors.
Ellie Black also had a successful outing today,
placing 13th. She'd placed 10th in qualifications, two days prior.
Competition comes tomorrow with Scott Morgan in
floor finals and Sunday with Black on floor finals.
Qualifications came to a close today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World
Championships. Veteran Olympians Ellie Black and
Victoria Moors both qualified to the
all-around final, Black finishing 10th and Moors 15th. Black also
qualified to the floor final, and is the first reserve on vault. Moors
debuted the much anticipated layout double-double, but landed it to
her knees. Heartache for Moors, who not only failed in the attempt to
get the skill named after her but also kept her qualifying to the
floor finals. The all-around competition affords Moors a second chance
to successfully land the flloor skill, which will then be entered into
the FIG Code of Points as The Moors.
Also competing were Maegan Chant and
Kaitlyn Hofland. Hofland competed bars (41st) and beam
(20th), with Chant competing vault (71st) and floor (22nd)
With the last men competing their qualification exercises this morning, today Scott Morgan learned that his score from yesterday session withstood the competition; Morgan is on his way to the floor finals at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium!
He qualified in 7th position. This is the first time that a Canadian male has qualified to a final at World Championship or Olympic competition since 2006, when Kyle Shewfelt advanced to the final on the same apparatus and won bronze.
Morgan also competed on Rings (50th) and vault (30th or 19th based on 2-vault
qualification attempt). Also representing Canada at these Worlds were:
Ken Ikeda - PH (40th), PB (140th - dislocated
Anderson Loren - HB (26th) Kevin Lytwyn - FX
(17th), R (29th), HB (105th)
Only Morgan advances to a final, floor on Sunday.
Stay tuned to your local listings for tape delayed coverage of these World Championships on CBC. October air date TBD!
SEPTEMBER 29 - CANADIANS AT PODIUM TRAINING
Victoria Moors has reverted back to her previous floor routine, as
it allows her to compete more tumbling passes:
Ellie Black on beam:
SEPTEMBER 29 -BLACK READY FOR ANTWERP WORLDS
"I am feeling good," Ellie Black told the
Herald Chronicle from London earlier this week, where team Canada
had been acclimatizing to local time prior to arriving in Antwerp.
"As always my main goal is to approach the competition with a
positive attitude, do my best and enjoy the fantastic experience.
I would like to compete for Canada in the all-around
competition and land my vaults successfully."
SEPTEMBER 27 - UPDATED WORLDS ROSTER
The FIG released an updated roster today, for the upcoming
Women's: Ellie Black - All-around Maegan
Chant - V, FX Kaitlyn Hofland - UB, BB Victoria Moors - UB, BB,
FX. (Update: Moors now to compete vault, too!)
Men's: Ken Ikeda - PB, PH Anderson Loren -
All-around Kevin Lytwyn - FX, R, HB Scott Morgan - FX, R, V
Exciting news coming out of Antwerp today, site of the
2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Victoria Moors has
submitted the Double-double layout to the FIG. If performed
satisfactory, the skill will be named the Moors in the Code of Points.
At the Pan Am Championships held earlier this year, it received a
provisional "I" rating (0.9 points). The high skill valuation affords Moors an extra 90 seconds of one-touch warm-up, to boot!
Grace Chiu provided a
video of Moors training the skill in Antwerp. Gymnastike, too:
SEPTEMBER 25 - GETTING TO KNOW CANADA'S TEAMS FOR WORLDS
SEPTEMBER 23 - INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR WRAPS UP
Competition finished today in Yokohama, Japan with the apparatus
finals. Aleeza Yu competed in three of four
apparatus, finishing seventh on vault and eighth on both beam and
floor. In the junior men's competition, Rene Cournoyer
placed eighth on vault.
SEPTEMBER 22 - YU FINISHES FOURTH AT INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR
Aleeza Yu finished fourth at today's International
Japan Junior, the most prestigious junior competition. The USA's
Bailie Key finished first, posting a 58.400. Second went to China's
Wang Yan, well behind with 56.900. Laurie Hernandez rounded out the
podium, bringing home a second medal for the USA (56.750). Yu's fourth
place score was 55.800. Yu is coached by Elena Davydova.
Hugh Smith finished seventh on vault today at the
final day of competition in Osijek, Croatia.
SEPTEMBER 13 - SMITH QUALIFIES AT VAULT FINAL AT OSIJEK WORLD CUP
Hugh Smith qualified to the vault final at today's
Osijek World Cup, in Croatia. Although he only qualified in 7th
position, he has his sights set on a medal, telling Gymnastics Canada,
"I was first
up on the second vault and I wanted to be strategic to make sure I
qualified for the final so I did an easier vault, but on Sunday in the
final I'll be using the harder vault to go for a medal."
Smith also competed on floor, finishing 22nd. He was joined in
competition with club teammate Evan Cruz, who
finished 22nd on pommels.
Gymnastics Canada today confirmed the earlier, nominative teams to the
2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Competition kicks off
WAG - Ellie
Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan
Chant MAG -
Kevin Lytwyn, Ken Ikeda, Anderson Loran, and Scott Morgan
(Reserves: Hugh Smith, Evan Cruz)
AUGUST 29 - LYDIA WILLIAMS JOINS BLUEWATER GYMNASTICS
2003 Worlds team member Lydia Williams has joined the
staff at Bluewater
Gymnastics. She will be coaching in their
A member of
the Canadian National Team for five years, Lydia went on to compete
NCAA at UC Berkeley where she studied Child Development and Education.
AUGUST 27 - NOMINATIVE TEAM FOR WORLDS
The women's team for the 2013 World Championships has been selected.
Slated to represent Canada on the women's side are Ellie
Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan
In the post-Olympic year, Worlds is individual competitions only,
including menï¿½s and womenï¿½s prelims, AA, and EF. Each federation is
entitled to register a maximum of six menï¿½s and four womenï¿½s gymnasts,
with no more than three gymnasts competing per apparatus.
The gymnastsï¿½ drawing of lots to decides the starting order of the
qualification competitions and the apparatus finals will take place on
August 29, 2013 at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Who would you compete on what?!
AUGUST 25 - GABRIELLA DOUGLAS TRAINS A QUINTUPLE TWIST ON BEAM!
AUGUST 24 - GABBY DOUGLAS TV MOVIE TO FILM IN WINNIPEG
Casting is underway for two actors to play Gabby Douglas,
in a made-for-TV movie. Douglas won Olympic gold in the women's AA at
last year's London Olympics, becoming the third American in a row to
win the event.
Filming starts September 9 in Winnipeg, and is set to wrap up late
AUGUST 11 - HOFLAND WINS GOLD AT PAN AM CHAMPS
Kaitlyn Hofland may have been the lone Canadian entry to today's apparatus finals, but she made sure to put Canada on top. The top qualifier on bars, she hit her routine to take gold in the finals.
"Kaitlyn really did her job," said Canadian women's National Team Director Kyna Fletcher. "We knew going in that it was going to be all things considered, and with the difficulty levels it would be between her and Jessica Lopez. We're really pleased for her. We would have been happy either way, but based on where we are, it builds her confidence like nobody's business."
Next up are the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. The world team will be announced August 25, following a training/selection camp.
AUGUST 10 - MOORS MEDALS AT PAN AM CHAMPS
Victoria Moors managed to hit her much talked about
double double layout in today's apparatus finals, at the 2013 Pan Am
Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She won silver on the
apparatus, scoring 13.400, with Daniele Hypolito of Brazil taking
Competition was more challenging elsewhere, for the Canadians. On beam, both Moors and Gabriella Douglas
counted falls and balance checks.
On floor, Briannah Tsang badly over rotated her
double Arabian front, almost diving into the judges table.
Competition continues tomorrow, with Canada's lone entrant being
Kaitlyn Hofland, who qualified to the bars final in
the lead. Tune into
Puerto Rican TV for live coverage, starting at 7pm EST.
AUGUST 9 - CANADIANS ADVANCE TO FINALS AT PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS
San Juan, Puerto Rico plays host to the 2013 Pan Am Championships this
week. The Roberto Clemente arena was also
the site of the 1996 World Championships!
Qualifications saw some great routines from the Canadians.
Gabriella Douglas, a last minute replacement for Ellie Black, made the
most of her entry; She qualified to the beam final in first place. Be
sure to check out her triple turn!
Kaitlyn Hofland also earned a top finish. She heads
into bar finals as the leader.
Victoria Moors qualified to two apparatus finals, placing 4th on beam and
6th on floor. She pulled out two great double doubles in laid out
position during warm-up (watch
1, watch 2),
but fell in competition.
Briannah Tsang qualified to floor finals, ranked 7th.
The competition concludes this weekend, with finals taking place
Saturday and Sunday.
Puerto Rican TV promises live coverage (+internet streaming) both
nights, starting at 7pm EST.
AUGUST 7 - SHEWFELT REALIZING ANOTHER DREAM WITH OWN CLUB
3-time Olympian and gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt recently took the
keys to the space that will transform into Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics:
"We feel that gymnastics is a sport that gives people an edge in
other sports," Shewfelt told reporters at his sneak-a-peak. "You work
on strength, flexibility, co-ordination, air awareness, agility, which
are all things gymnastics provides. We're not going to be a
high-performance centre. We'e not going to have a competitive
offering. We're going to be focused on the foundation of the sport."
JULY 14 - ELLIE BLACK NAMED CANADIAN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Ellie Black is Canada's first multi-medalist of the ongoing World
University Games in Kazan, Russia. The Canadian Olympic Committee has
recognized this accomplishment, naming her the Canadian Athlete of the
JULY 10 - ELLIE BLACK MEDALS AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Today, the competition in Kazan, Russia saw apparatus champions crowned and Canada's
Ellie Black claimed two medals!
Black was Canada's sole competitor in today's competition, men's field included. She qualified to three of four apparatus, sitting out just bars. Vault saw Black finish another unlikely fourth, having also just missed the podium in yesterday's all-around competition. While she excelled on her new Tsuk double full, she struggled on the Rudi (low landing, step back). Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva shocked, debuting her first Amanar to tie for gold with North Korea's Hong Un Jong. The pair beat out Russia's Maria Paseka, who won bronze on vault at last summer's Olympic in London.
Black qualified to beam despite a fall in prelims, but today performed well. A few small checks and balances couldn't keep her off the podium, and she earned Canada's first medal in artistic gymnastics at these Games; Bronze. The event was won by China's Zhang Yelinzi, with Aliya Mustafina claiming silver. Black did even better on floor, tying for silver with Elsa Garcia. The event was won by Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva.
Black leaves the World University Games as Canada's lone medalist in artistic gymnastics. Next on her radar are the 2013 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium.
JULY 9 - BLACK JUST MISSES PODIUM AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Ellie Black finished fourth in today's all-around competition, just missing a medal by two-tenths of a point. A fall on floor (double back) kept her off the podium. As expected, Russia's Aliya Mustafina won the event. Silver went to teammate Ksenia Afanasyeva with Germany's Kim Bui finishing third.
Black will vie for medals again tomorrow, having qualified to three of four apparatus finals.
JULY 8 - CANADIAN MEN 17th AT UNIVERSIADE
The Canadian men's team finished 17th today at the World University Games, in Kazan, Russia. The team consisted of Cory Paterson, Josh Stuart, Evan Cruz, Aiden Marsden, and Tariq Dowers. Russia won the team competition, followed by Ukraine and Japan.
Led by 2012 Olympian Ellie Black, team Canada
finished seventh at the conclusion of team competition at the World
University Games. The event was won by Russia, with Japan taking
silver and Germany bronze.
Team Canada also consisted of Mackenzie Itcush, Sarah Flett,
Natalie Gervais, and Erica Devereaux.
Black sits fourth, going into the all-aorund competition. In this
qualifying round, Black counted a fall on beam. With clean routines,
she can post a much higher score in the all-around competition.
Black's highest scores today came on vault: 14.850 (DTY) and 14.450
Mackenzie Itcush also advances to the all-around final. She
finished in 27th position, but advances due to the 2-per-country rule.
Black will also advance to the vault final (where she
currently sits 2nd behind Russia's Maria Paseka), beam (sits 6th, with
a fall), and floor (6th).
The men's competition gets underway tomorrow. Apparently it took
over 50 hours for Canada's men's team to travel from Canada to Kazan!
JULY 7 - CANADA THIRD AFTER TWO SUBDIVISIONS AT UNIVERSIADE
Led by 2012 Olympian Ellie Black, team Canada sits
third after two of four subdivisions at the World University Games in
Kazan, Russia. Leading the field is Mexico, followed by North Korea.
Many top teams are yet to compete, including Russia, Japan, Great
Britain, Germany, and Ukraine.
Individually, Black sits 2nd AA with a 52.200. Leading the field at
the midway mark is Elsa Garcia, with 52.250. In this qualifying round,
Black counted a fall on beam. With clean routines, she can post a much
higher score in the all-around competition. Black's highest scores
today came on vault: 14.850 (DTY) and 14.450 (Rudi).
Listen to the newest GymCastic podcast featuring 2012 Olympian
JUNE 29 - BUILDING FOR SUCCESS
New video from Gymnastics Canada featuring Olympic gold medalists
Rosie MacLennan, and more:
JUNE 27 - LAWSON COO AND LISA COWAN MOVE TO EAST YORK
Coaches Lawson Hamer and Lisa Cowan
have left Futures, accepting positions at East York Gymnastics.
The pair will will partner with Olena Yermolchuk in the National and
High Performance program and will oversee the technical portion of the
entire womenï¿½s competitive program at the club.
Following the coaching duo are most of
their flock of HP athletes, including Kaitlyn Hofland,
Douglas, Jordyn Pedersen, and Peng
Peng Lee when on summmer break from UCLA. Instant teammates for
Novice HP Megan
Sabrina Gill has stayed at Futures and Casey Carvalho
and Kirsten Pedermen have switched
to Revolutions Gymnastics.
JUNE 26 - CATCHING UP WITH EMILIE LIVINGSTON
A reader in the UK sent an article from the
Daily Mirror about former Olympian Emilie Livingston. Livingston
represented Canada in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2000 Olympics in
Livingston now lives in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a career in
actor leveraging her skills as a rhythmic gymnast. She has performed
with Taylor Swift at the Grammy's, Justin Bieber's Beauty and the Beat
music video, Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 AMA's, Christina Aguilera at
the 2012 AMA's and performed stunts for actress Beth Riesgraf on TNT's
Livingston has also been dating actor Jeff Goldblum of Jurassic Park
fame for about 15 months. When the pair first started dating,
Livingston insisted he take an introductory flying trapeze class.
Scott Morgan earned Canada's best finish at this weekend's Portugal
World Cup in Anadia, vaulting to fourth with a combined 14.675. The
medals were won by veteran Olympians: Tomas Gonzalez (CHI) won gold,
with Igor Radivilov (UKR) placing second and Diego Hypolito (BRA)
Evan Cruz also competed in Portugal, making his World Cup debut.
Although he did not qualify to any apparatus final, he came close on
Also making a World Cup debut was Stefanie Merkle, who finished sixth
on floor. Briannah Tsang finished seventh on the same apparatus, and
also notched sixth on vault in Saturday's competition.
JUNE 15 - IG: GARDINER GEARS FOR NEW PHASE OF GYMNASTICS CAREER
In an interview with
IG magazine, Maddie Gardiner discusses her return
to competition after breaking both wrists late 2012, her experience at
the Olympics as one of two alternates, her impending move to Oregon to
compete NCAA, and being crowned Prom Queen.
Add yet another accomplishment to Kyle Shewfelt's list:
Gym owner! Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics will be opening soon. The
11,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Calgary will offer
gymnastic programming to students of all ages.
Calgary Herald For more details:
JUNE 11 - SAMANTHA HAGHIGHAT-JOO MOVES TO FLICKA
Samantha Haghighat-Joo has followed several former
teammates, switching to Flicka Gymnastics.
JUNE 9 - FLETT AND GERVAIS UNIVERSITY GAMES INTERVIEW
JUNE 1 - DICK TO REPRESENT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AT WORLDS
Marisa Dick has claimed a spot to the 2013 World
Championships, representing Trinidad and Tobago. Dick recently
competed at the 2013 Canadian National Championships, winning gold on
floor and finishing fourth all-around in the National Open 16+
category. Marisa is a dual citizen with Trinidad and Tobago, by
virtue of her mother being born in the Carribean country. Two years
ago, as a junior, she represented the country at the 2011 Pan Am
Championships in Columbia, placing 15th all-around in preliminary
competition and 7th on both vault and floor apparatus finals.
MAY 30 - IG: MASELA MOTIVATED BY RECENT TRIP TO CANADA
International Gymnast magazine spoke with Wyomi Masela
about a recent 3-week stint at Bluewater Gymnastics training with
Dominique Pegg under coaches Dave
and Liz Brubaker.
MAY 26 - INTERVIEW WITH BRITTANY ROGERS
Arabian Punch Front has posted an interview with 2012 Olympian
Brittany Rogers. She discusses feeling like a "kid in
a candy store" at the London 2012 Olympics, the post-Olympic burnout,
getting inked, her Freshman year as a Georgia Gym Dawg, and her hopes
for a comeback for Rio 2016.
MAY 25 -
WHAT'S NEXT FOR OUR NEW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?
Hugh Smith is looking for a ticket to World
Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. There is no team competition at
Worlds this year, just all-around and apparatus finals. Smith feels
his best chances for a spot are with his vaults and floor. He'll be
looking to perfect his new vault over the summer, a Tsukhara Triple
Twist (SV: 6.0). On floor he's hoping to up his start value.
Ellie Black has her eyes on the
Universiade (World University Games), set for Kazan, Russia. After
that, World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
Canada's women's team for the Universiade includes:
Ellie Black Sarah Flett Mackenzie Itcush Natalie
Gervais Erica Devereaux
A young Canadian men's team will also compete in Kazan.
Update! (May 31) Men's roster has now been
Tariq Dowers Evan Cruz Aiden Marsden
Cory Paterson Josh Stuart
MAY 25 - MEET YOUR CHAMPIONS: CHANT, HOFLAND, BLACK AND DOUGLAS
Today's apparatus finals saw four champions
crowned in the senior women's category. Maegan Chant vaulted to gold,
capitalizing on a fall by Ellie Black.
Kaitlyn Hofland was the class of the
field on bars, retaining her lead from preliminaries. Hofland's bar
work aside, bars looks to be an event that could plague Canada for
awhile. Black took topped the field on beam, and Gabriella
Douglas was golden on floor. Douglas was also runner-up on
VK Woo suffered a fall on
vault, and was forced to withdraw from the bars final. Victoria
Moors also withdrew from bars, saving her strength for floor.
Unfortunately, the move did not pay off, and she fell on her laid out
double-double. These withdrawls opened the door for Nicole Chow
and Mariana Colussi-Pelaesz, with the latter
capitalizing on the berth to take bronze.
In the junior category, Shallon Olsen
emerged the only double gold medalist of the day; She won
vault and floor. Sydney Soloski took gold on beam and
Brianna Clark swung her way to gold. Clark finishes
the day as the most decorated gymnast, with a medal on every event. In
addition to gold on bars, she took silvers on vault and beam and
bronze on floor.
Junior Aleeza Yu medalled on
three apparatus, winning two silvers and a bronze. Senior Ellie Black also
took three medals, a medal on every event she competed. In addition to
Olsen and Douglas, Stefanie Merkle was a double
medalist today. She claimed a silver on bars and a bronze on floor.
Senior Vault: 1. Chant 2. Tsang
3. Black 4. Chow 5. Lennon 6. VK Woo 7. Cyrenne
Senior Bars: 1. Hofland
2. Merkle 3. M. Colussi-Pelaesz 4. N. Vaculik
4. Chiarelli 6. Chow 7. Chant 8. Carvahlo
Senior Beam: 1. Black 2. Douglas
3. Hofland 4. Lennon 5. Chant 6. Colussi-Pelaesz
7. Gardiner 8. N. Vaculik
Senior Floor: 1. Douglas 2. Black
3. Merkle 4. Chiarelli 5. Chant 5. Moors 7.
Colussi-Pelaesz 8. Gardiner
Hugh Smith topped the field in the men's competition at
today's Canadian National Gymnastics Championships. In the process, he
also qualified to four apparatus finals (floor, pommels, rings, and
Second place went to Robert Watson, with Rene Cournoyer
taking third. Bobby Kriangkum actually finished ahead of Cournoyer,
but the Calgary trained gymnast competes for Thailand (not Canada).
Last year's lone representative for Canada in men's artistic
gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics competed only four apparatus, sitting
out pommels and rings. Nathan Gafuik qualified to only one
final (p-bars) but goes into Saturday's competition ranked first.
Olympic alternate Kevin Lytwyn qualified to finals on four of
the five apparatus he competed.
Senior Men's AA 1. Hugh
Smith 2. Robert Watson - Bobby Kriangkum (hors de concours)
3. Rene Cournoyer 4. Tariq Dowers 5. Evan Cruz 6. Kal Neimer
7. Aiden Marsden 8. Taylor Mitchell
Canada's top gymnasts are in Ottawa this week, for the 2013 National
Championships. Artistic gymnasts took to the floor today, for their
first day of competition. Kaitlyn Hofland posted the
top all-around total (53.425) in today's preliminary competition,
ahead of Ellie Black (53.150) and Maegan
Chant (52.525). Hofland was absent from Elite Canada last
February, where Black and Chant finished 1-2.
Hofland also posted the highest score on bars (14.075), an apparatus
that caused struggles for many in both junior and senior competition.
Top scorers for the other apparatus include Victoria Moors
(vault; 14.400), Ellie Black (beam; 14.150) and Gabrielle
Douglas (floor; 13.575).
On vault, Black debuted a new second vault: Tsuk 1 1/2.
Today's competition saw the return of Olympic alternate
who debuted a
new floor routine. Were it not for a 0.1 deduction, she would've
won the event. Gardiner's only other event was beam, where she placed
The big talk of the town, however, was the debut of Moors' monstrous
layout double double on floor. Moors is the second to compete the
skill, with American
debuting hers earlier this year. Whichever girl successfully competes
the skill first at a World Championships or Olympics will have the
skill named after her. Moors stands a greater chance of being named to
Canada's World team for the upcoming World Championships in Antwerp,
Belgium than Skinner with the USA sporting such depth.
In the junior category, Shallon Olsen vaulted to the
lead thanks largely to the strength of her double twisting yurchenko.
Aleeza Yu placed second, and Brianna Clark
third. Absent from the field was Heaven Latimer, the
runner-up at February's Elite Canada.
Tomorrow sees the men's first day of competition. Competition for the
women continues Thursday, with the all-around finals. Finals will be
contested Saturday, with live web commentary from Kyle
Two weeks before the BC provincial championships, Jordan de Jong (HP
Novice) and Haley de Jong (Junior HP) switched to Flicka gymnastics.
Previously, they trained at Omega Gymnastics.
APRIL 30 - GERBER SIGNS WITH UCLA
Following in the footsteps of older sister Aisha Gerber,
2011 Worlds team member Mikaela Gerber will soon be off to
UCLA! Today, Head Coach Valerie Kondos-Field announced that
Gerber has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the UCLA Bruins
"We are excited to add Mikaela Gerber to our team this next season,"
Kondos Field. "Mikaela brings the same level of powerful gymnastics and
artistry that her sister Aisha did, only with a style uniquely her own."
Gerber plans to close out her Elite career at the upcoming Canadian
National Championships in Ottawa. One of the most elegant floor workers that
Canadian has ever produced, she plans to treat fans to a new routine in her
Video of Mikaela in 2010:
APRIL 28 - BLACK LEAVES SLOVENIA AS MOST DECORATED GYMNAST
Ellie Black dominated World Cup competition today in Slovenia, winning
gold on both beam and floor.
Long considered just for her vaulting, Black has consistantly been
proving her all-around prowess in competition this year. Today she hit a
beam routine that many have long known her capable of doing.
“I’ve never really hit
my beam routine exactly the way I want to in competition and it was great to
go out in the final and do it the way I planned."
Black's final medal of the meet came on floor, where she's
re-introduced the triple
twist mount that had been part of her 2012 Olympic program.
“It feels incredible,”
Black told Gymnastics Canada. “I came here to get more experience and try
out some new skills and it turned into a really great trip for me.
The wins bring Canada's medal tally from Slovenia to five!
Canada had two other entrants in today's competition:
Woo finished 6th on beam, in her World Cup debut and
Mathieu Csukassy placed eighth on vault. Both Woo and Csukassy hail
and Ellie Black put Canada on the map in both the men's and
women's fields, in the first apparatus contested at this weekend's Salamunov
Memorial World Cup in Llubjana, Slovenia.
Scott Morgan earned a bronze on vault, while Black took the title on her
speciality, the vault.
I couldn’t have asked
for much more,” Morgan told Gymnastics Canada.
“It’s still a new routine and to do that well in a such a strong field was
pretty cool, it really gives me a big boost.”
Morgan also finished
fifth on rings, with Black capping off her day with fifth on bars.
Victoria-Kayen Woo placed seventh on bars, in her only event of the
Black burst onto the scene a year earlier, in neighbouring Croatia.
Winning gold on vault and floor, Black announced herself as a contender for
Canada's Olympic team. She went on to make the team, and compete in the
vault final at the Olympics.
tomorrow, with Black competing both beam and floor, Woo on beam, and
Mathieu Csukassy on vault.
The favourite amongst many for the NCAA title the past few years, the
University of Florida always came up short at Nationals. Not any more! Today
the Gators rallied, after counting a fall rom beam, to finish ahead of
Oklahoma and two-time defending champs Alabama.
Former gymnast Alyssa Samaratunga recently spoke to CTV, promoting organ
donation. Ravaged by a fast-acting infection, Alyssa lost her sight within
24 hours. Now, thanks to a cornea transplant, she is living the life of a
normal teen. Her days with gymnastics may be done, but she's transferred her
talents to cheerleading.
APRIL 7 - BLACK TAKES BRONZE IN ALL-AROUND AT TOKYO WORLD CUP
Asuka Teramoto of Japan took the gold with 56.825 points, overtaking
first-day leader Peyton Ernst of the U.S. who settled for silver with a
score of 56.550.
“It was different this
time because it was an all around event, so I was very excited to see
what it was all about,” said Black.
“Vault is my favourite event and
it went really well but I was also very pleased with my uneven bars
performance because it’s been a difficult event for me,” added Black. “I’ve
been working really hard to bring up the level and I think I did a pretty
MARCH 22 - FUTURES GYMNASTS HAVE THEIR EYES ON THE NCAA
Head coaches Lawson Hamer and
Lisa Cowan have a crop of future NCAA-ers at their gym,
Silvia Colussi-Pelaez - September 2013
- University of Florida (Signed letter of intent Nov 2012) Bianca
Jordaan - September 2013 - Eastern Michigan (Signed Letter of
intent Nov 2012) Gabriella Douglas - September 2014 -
Michigan State University
Hailee Westney - September 2014 - Michigan State University
Kaitlyn Hoffland - Deferring to 2016 - University of Utah
former Futures gymnast Nicola Deans started at Michigan State University in
Prior to coaching at Futures, both Lawson and Lisa coached at Sport
MARCH 29 - DOHA WORLD CUP
finished 8th on vault in her World Cup debut. The event was won by
Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh, who vaulted to fame winning bronze on vault at
the 2011 World Championships. Silver went to Larissa Iordache (Romania),
with Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) rounding out the podium.
Maeghan Chant proved
golden on floor today, winning the event over 2011 European Champion Anna
Dementyeva from Russia and Noel Van Klaveren of the Netherlands.
It's the second medal for Chant, who took bronze on vault yesterday in
The competition concludes a busy month for Chant, who began her season early
February at Elite Canada, found herself a late entrant to the American Cup,
vaulted to silver at last wekeend's World Cup in France, and is now
competing in Germany.
“It’s tougher mentally than physically to compete so much and to be away
from home for so long,” Chant told Gymnastics Canada. “It’s been a real
journey and I’ve learned a lot going up against so many more experienced
gymnasts. I’m looking forward to working hard to keep on improving.”
MARCH 17 - HOFLAND AND CHANT CLAIM SILVERS AT FRENCH INTERNATIONAL
A new venue for this year's French International, and two new medallists!
Maegan Chant vaulted her way to a silver medal, and
Kaitlyn Hofland scored a silver on bars.Chant
also finished fourth on floor.
Also competing in La Roche-Sur-Yon was Sabrina Gill, who finished fourth
on bars. This meet saw a peculiar format of only four gymnasts qualifying to
each apparatus final. Gill placed fifth on beam in preliminaries, so missed
the opportunity to compete in finals.
Burlington Gymnastics Club
is looking for enthusiastic and professional coaches to join our coaching team,
working in the OCP 5-6 and Pre Competitive Programs.
MARCH 2 - MOORS
TAKES BRONZE AT AMERICAN CUP
Second time proves a charm for 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors!
Moors competed at last year's American, just missing a medal with a fourth place
finish. This year she claims bronze in the all-around!
Canada enjoyed a second
entry at this year's Cup, with Maeghan Chant receiving a
last minute ticket after Koko Tsurumi's withdrawal. The nerves showed for
young Chant, who counted falls on beam and floor. She finished 8th
all-around. The experience competing
on podium is invaluable, however, and Canada should expect to see Chant
factor into future World teams.
Fun fact! Chant is coached by 1992
Olympian Cristina Bontas and her husband Gabi Tantaru at World Class
Gymnastics in Hamilton, Ont.
FEBRUARY 16 - MOORS WINS 2013 NADIA COMANECI INT'L
Canadians dominated the competition in Oklahoma today, at the 2013 Nadia Comaneci International. Gemini Gymnastics (Jade Chrobok, Aleeza Yu, Natalie Vaculik) topped the team standings, with spots 2-5 also going to Canadian clubs: Dynamo, Futures (A team), Futures (B team), and Gym Richelieu.
Victoria Moors (Dynamo) competed on beam and floor last weekend in Edmonton, but this weekend stepped up her game with four routines to win the senior all-around. Jessica Lopez of Venezuela finished second, and Sabrina Gill (Futures) rounded the podium with a third place finish.
The junior all-around was won by Brazil's Rebeca Andrade with Canadians Aleeza Yu and RK Woo finishing second and third, respectively.
Next up for Moors is the American Cup, which airs live on NBC on March 2. Check your local listings for details.
FEBRUARY 15 - THOMPSON NAMED CTV ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Calgary Gymnastics Center's Elijah Thompson is this week's CTV Athlete of the Week.
"I have high hopes for him, I see Olympics," says coach and former gymnast Scott Rayment. "The way he works, trains, his attitude, his motivation and his skills, he has the potential to make 2020 or 2024."
The 11-year-old is set to receive the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to his community and support of Right To Play, a program he was inspired to support seeing mentor's Kyle Shewfelt's involvement with the group.