Tyndall and Clay highlight 2021 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Virtual Elite Canada
OTTAWA, ON (February 25, 2021) – The 2021 Elite Canada in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics wrapped up this past weekend with Jesse Tyndall from Taiso Gymnastics in Saskatchewan taking the senior all-around title following two ‘days’ of competition. Zachary Clay from Twisters Gymnastics in BC had the top senior one-day all-around score.
Held virtually, athletes and coaches submitted videos of their routines taken at their home gyms from February 11-17 and judging then took place from February 19-21. Awards were handed out for the following categories: Senior 21+, Next Gen Senior 18-20, Junior 16-18, and Junior 14-15. With many provinces still under shutdown orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all eligible athletes were able to participate in this competition.
Tyndall, who is currently training in the USA with the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA gymnastics, had the highest two-day all-around score for the senior men with a final score of 161.488. He also won gold on vault (27.866), took silver medals on pommel horse (26.166), parallel bars (28.250), and high bar (26.699), and captured bronze on floor (26.899).
“I’ve been pretty satisfied with the level of difficulty in my routines thus far this season so I didn’t add anything new for Elite Canada,” said Tyndall in an interview with International Gymnast Media. “Instead, my coaches and I decided to focus mainly on execution and cleaning up the little details. Not overthinking things allows me to take the pressure off myself and trust my training.”
Zach Clay had a fantastic competition, scoring an 83.173 on the first ‘day’ of competition and likely would have taken the all-around title, had he not had a bad landing on his second day vault to score a zero, dropping him down to finish 4th overall in the all-around. He did capture gold medals on pommel horse (28.699), rings (28.266), and parallel bars (28.520), and silver on floor (26.933).
“It felt great to compete again and be able to work towards something,” said Clay who is a four-time World Championships team member for Canada. “Although it was weird to compete in our own gym, overall I was happy with my performance, and for competing new and harder routines. I had some mistakes but I know what I need to work on for the next competition.”
“Zach’s performance on the first ‘day’ of competition was a real highlight,” said Ed Van Hoof, Head National Team Coach for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “He looked as good as I’ve seen him, and he showed great consistency across all of his routines. Jesse also showed good consistency – he had solid routines, with really good quality execution.”
Jake Bonnay from Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club who is also currently training and competing in the USA with the University of Nebraska, had the top total score on floor to take gold on that apparatus (27.450), while Sam Zakutney, who recently returned from the USA and has moved to Laval Gymnastics, took gold on high bar (27.966).
The Senior Next Gen category is a new addition this year – meant to make the transition from the junior ranks to the senior ranks less of a jump for the newer seniors. In that age group, it was Davey Boschmann, also from Taiso Gymnastics, who took the all-around title with a total score of 149.922. He also captured gold medals on pommel horse (25.900), vault (26.866), parallel bars (24.725), and high bar (25.932). Evan Fedder from Phoenix Gymnastics in BC took gold on floor (25.499), while Pier-Olivier Julien from Gymnamic in QC took gold on rings (25.699).
In the Junior 16-18 category, which had the largest numbers of competitors across all age groups, it was Jayson Rampersad from Gymnastics Mississauga who took the all-around title with a total score of 150.555. He also won gold on floor (25.799), pommel horse (25.625), and rings (26.133). Noah Royer from Taiso took gold on high bar (26.133), and also finished second overall in the all-around (147.964). On vault, it was Benjamin Talbot from Fundy Gymnastics who took gold (26.400), while on parallel bars, it was Hayden Isfeld from Twisters taking gold (24.333).
Athletes from BC and Prince Edward Island were the only competitors in the Junior 14-15 category which saw Connor Fielding from Twisters take the all-around gold with a total of 127.788. He also won gold on rings (22.366) and high bar (20.999), silver on floor (23.033) and vault (24.016), and bronze on pommel horse (15.375) and parallel bars (21.999).
Taking gold on floor for the Junior 14-15 category was Maximus Hewstan-Gates from Inspire Gymnastics in BC (23.966), who also took gold on vault (24.233) and finished third in the all-around. Jonathan Ko from Twisters had the top score on pommel horse with a 16.075.
All of the submitted videos are available for viewing on the GymCan website at the links below:
Senior routines | Junior routines
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