Champions crowned on the final day of the Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics
MONTREAL, QC (May 28, 2017) – The final day of the 2017 Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Montreal, QC saw many champions crowned including in all junior and senior men’s apparatus medallists.
In his first competition since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Scott Morgan of Vancouver, BC won gold in two apparatus finals including rings (14.350) and a tie with Aaron Mah of Vancouver on floor (13.850). “It felt great to be back out there with the boys,” said Morgan. “I had some good routines; there’s some work to be done to clean some things up but it felt great to be back out there. Heading into worlds in the fall I’m going to work on my endurance to help with my routines overall as well as work on consistent repetition to help with the new code of points changes.”
Senior all-around champion Zachary Clay from Chilliwack, BC won gold on vault (14.150) in addition to two silvers on pommel horse (14.400) and rings (13.900) as well as bronze on high bar (13.750). Thierry Pellerin of Lévis, QC won the gold medal on pommel horse (14.700). 2016 Canadian all-around champion Jackson Payne of Calgary, AB struggled during the first half of the apparatus finals before finishing strongly and winning two gold medals in the final events of the day. Payne won gold on parallel bars (14.000) and high bar (14.000). “I’m feeling good, I think I made a few good steps forward this competition with my overall skills,” said Payne. “I want to be as solid as I can in all six events and over the last few months I have been taking steps to make that possible. I’ve had many changes over the last year with my club and coach and so far everything is going really well and I’m being incredibly supported.”
In his first year as a junior 14-15 gymnast, Félix Dolci of Laval Excellence won gold in four apparatus finals while also taking home one silver medal. Dolci finished first on floor (13.800), pommel horse (13.450), vault (13.750) and high bar (13.200) and tied for second place with Dorian Doan of Futures Gymnastics in Ontario on parallel bars (12.600).
“I’m pretty proud of my performance today, it was close to my goals,” said Dolci. “I have a shoulder injury so I didn’t compete on rings but am happy with my other results. I’m most proud of my pommel horse routine because it’s a difficult event for me but I did well.”
Junior 14-15 all-around champion Evgeny Siminiuc of Futures Gymnastics won gold on rings (12.950) and parallel bars (13.00) in addition to taking home four silver medals on floor (12.800), pommel horse (13.150), vault (13.050) and high bar (12.850).
Laval Excellence teammate and junior 16-17 all-around champion William Émard added four gold and one bronze medal to his weekend collection. Émard won gold on floor (14.300), rings (13.950), vault (13.850) and high bar (12.250) and bronze on pommel horse (12.450). David Sandro of Gold Medal Gymnastics in Ontario won gold on pommel horse (13.650) and parallel bars (13.350) as well as winning silver on floor (13.150) and bronze on vault (13.150).
“I’m very impressed with the level of gymnastics that happened at the junior and senior level this week,” said Tony Smith, National Team Director Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. “We are significantly ahead of where we were at the beginning of last cycle. There are lots of reasons to be optimistic for good things to happen, we have a strong group of kids and I’m feeling pumped about what’s going to happen over the next three years.”
In women’s novice action, Rachael Riley of Ontario won the all-around championship title with a score of 111.286 points. Sophia King and Kyra Cato both of Alberta finished in second and third place respectively. Riley won gold on vault, Cato won gold on uneven bars, King won gold on floor and Sydney Turner of British-Columbia won gold on beam.
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