Ellie Black captures fifth senior national all-around title at 2018 Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics
WATERLOO, ON (May 27, 2018) – Ellie Black of Halifax, NS captured her fifth senior all-around title as well as four individual apparatus medals, including two gold, to wrap up the 2018 Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics on Sunday, while newly crowned men’s senior all-around champion René Cournoyer of Repentigny, QC, captured medals in all six apparatus finals on the men’s side.
Black, who was leading the competition after the first day of competition on Thursday, continued to dominate on Sunday, racking up first place finishes on the uneven bars and beam, second place on floor, and third on vault to finish the competition with a total of 111.607 points.
“It was incredible being back here competing with the girls,” said Black who also captured gold in the all-around at the 2018 Commonwealth Games last month, and was the silver medallist at the World Championships last fall in Montreal. “To come out here and to finish with another Canadian Championship title is great – it wasn’t really my goal coming in to this weekend, I was just looking to do good gymnastics, but I was really proud of everyone’s performances this weekend. It’s great to see Canadian gymnasts pushing and supporting each other to get better and to be the best.”
Black’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games teammate Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, MB finished second in the all-around with 106.406 while also capturing silver on beam, and bronze on floor. Jade Chrobok of Toronto, who was also a member of the gold-medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games, finished third with 105.647 points, and also grabbed a bronze on beam.
Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC continued her dominance on the vault, capturing gold there for the third year in a row, as well as capturing gold on floor.
“It feels amazing, considering it’s my last competition for this season,” said Olsen who will be heading off to attend University in the USA this fall. “All the hours I’ve spent in the gym have finally paid off. Being out there on the competition floor, with all of my teammates from across Canada feels really good, and I’m really happy with this competition, and for the future.”
In the senior men’s apparatus finals, Cournoyer showed why he was the all-around champion on Saturday, taking home medals in all six apparatus – gold on vault, silver on rings, and bronze on floor, pommel horse, and parallel bars.
“I’m exhausted!” exclaimed Cournoyer at the end of the meet. “It’s been a huge weekend. It was a lot of fun, and I’m very happy with everything I did.”
Other title holders in the men’s senior apparatus finals include Scott Morgan of Vancouver, BC with gold on floor and bronze on vault; Thierry Pellerin of Lévi, QC with gold on pommel horse; Chris Kaji of Vancouver, BC with gold on rings; Justin Karstadt of Toronto with gold on parallel bars; and Kevin Lytwyn of Hamilton, ON with gold on high bar. Jackson Payne of Calgary, AB was the other multiple medallist, taking home silver on parallel bars and high bar.
Félix Dolci of Laval, QC wrapped up his Canadian Championships by adding four more medals, including three golds (floor, vault, high bar), 1 silver (rings), and 1 bronze (parallel bars) to the all-around gold he captured in the men’s junior 16-17 category on Saturday, and his team silver with Quebec. Capturing gold on the other apparatus were Evgeny Siminiuc of Mississauga, ON on pommel horse, Kenji Tamane of Toronto on rings, and Felix Blaquiere of Montreal with gold on parallel bars.
Here are all of the 2018 Canadian all-around champions crowned this weekend:
- Senior: Ellie Black (NS)
- Junior: Zoe Allaire-Bourgie (QC)
- Novice: Rébékah Groulx (QC)
- JO Level 10 (16+): Denelle Pedrick (SK)
- JO Level 10 (12-15): Lea Atangana (AB)
- JO Level 9: Orlia Ngomsi (AB)
- Senior: René Cournoyer (QC)
- Junior 16-17: Félix Dolci (QC)
- Junior 14-15: Matthew Brown (NS)
- Open: Addyson Cheladyn (AB)
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