Schwaiger claims seventh consecutive Canadian tumbling title; Méthot & O’Brien named Athletes of the Year
LETHBRIDGE, AB (July 8, 2018) – Jon Schwaiger of Cambridge, ON capped off the Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics with his second Canadian title in as many days, winning gold in the senior men’s tumbling final.
Schwaiger scored 148.900 points to stand atop the podium, almost twenty points ahead of Callum Sundquist of Alberta in second place with 129.000 points. Michael Zeuner of Ontario rounded out the podium with 124.100 points. This is Schwaiger’s seventh consecutive Canadian tumbling title.
Schwaiger was crowned the double mini-trampoline senior Canadian champion on Saturday.
“This was my best tumbling final in the last seven years,” said Schwaiger. “It’s the first time since 2015 that I’ve won both the DMT and tumbling titles and I’d like to keep that trend going.”
In the senior women’s tumbling final, Zoe Hipel of Ontario scored 129.200 points to win gold, less than two points ahead of teammate Jordan Sugrim, who captured the silver medal. Devon Haimes of Ontario rounded out the podium with 121.900 points.
“I’m really excited and happy with how I did this weekend,” said Hipel who also captured gold at the Canada Cup competition in April. “I’ve been training and focussing on my passes, including mental training. Training with Jordan was a lot of fun, she’s very motivating, enthusiastic, and is a great support to me.”
In women’s synchronized trampoline, Sophiane Méthot of Quebec continued her winning ways and captured gold along with partner Sarah Milette with 125.900 points. Sara-Jade Berthiaume and Anouk Berthiaume of Quebec finished in second, while Rachel Tam and Rosie MacLennan of Ontario rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.
Jason Burnett and Jake Cranham of Ontario won the gold medal in men’s synchronized trampoline, finishing with 37.860 points. Kai Dwyer of Nova Scotia and Declan McLean of British Columbia finished in second place, while Zach Blakely and Ashton Henfrey of Alberta finished in third.
Earlier in the day, Gymnastics Canada bestowed the 2017 Athlete of the Year Award on Méthot and Tamara O’Brien of BC. Méthot won a bronze medal in individual trampoline at the 2017 World Championships, while O’Brien captured silver at the 2017 World Games in double mini-trampoline. Méthot’s coach Karina Kosko, and O’Brien’s Coach – Curt de Wolff, shared Coach of the Year honours.
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