Méthot captures first Canadian senior trampoline title
LETHBRIDGE, AB (July 7, 2018) – There was a changing of the guard at the 2018 Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics on Saturday as Sophiane Méthot of La Prairie, QC was crowned the senior women’s trampoline champion while trampoline powerhouse Jason Burnett of Toronto, ON captured his eleventh senior men’s title.
Méthot scored 157.085 points to finish atop the podium while Samantha Smith of Vancouver, BC captured the silver medal with a score of 153.880, and Bronte Dundas of Richmond Hill, ON scored 151.210 to secure the bronze medal. Two-time Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan, who entered the finals in top position, hit the mats on one of her passes so didn’t complete her routine and ended up in seventh.
“I’m really happy and excited since this is my first-ever senior women’s title,” said Méthot. “It still doesn’t feel real yet but I’m really excited in this moment. I was proud to win the bronze medal at the last World Championships, but when I came into this competition, I put all that out of my mind and focussed on the present. I’m looking forward to continuing to be on the Canadian national team and working to once again qualify for the World Championships and then hopefully the Olympics.”
In the senior men’s competition, Burnett reclaimed his title after missing out in 2017 due to injury. He scored 167.185 points to capture the gold medal and his eleventh Canadian title. Brothers Keegan and Kyle Soehn of Red Deer, AB scored 165.380 and 159.835 points respectively to finish behind Burnett in second and third place.
“I’m feeling pretty happy right now, I stayed calm and confident during the finals and improved on some of the travelling from the prelims,” said Burnett. “The young guys have stepped up their routines and are making me test my limits. I upgraded my routine from the Canada Cup and I’m pleased with the progress and the results.”
Méthot will team up with Sarah Milette on Sunday for the women’s synchronized trampoline final, while Burnett will compete with Jake Cranham.
In the senior women’s double mini-trampoline final, Jordyn Miller-Burko of Toronto, ON captured her first senior title with a score of 69.800 points, just .100 ahead of Danielle Grieve (Regina, SK) in second place. Alexandra Forest (Edmonton, AB) rounded out the podium with 69.300 points.
“My routines today were slightly different than the ones from qualification. I aimed at consistency and I’m quite happy with my results from today,” said Miller-Burko. “It feels surreal to win - last year I didn’t even make the finals so it’s kind of crazy to be crowned champion. This is my first competition of the season after having shoulder surgery so it was a great way to kick things off. From here I’m going to focus on upcoming World Cups and the trials for Worlds, where I will hopefully represent Canada again.”
Jon Schwaiger of Calgary, AB dominated the senior men’s double mini-trampoline final, scoring 73.400 points to claim the gold medal. Callum Sundquist (Alberta) scored 71.400 points to capture the silver medal while Mario Bruno (British Columbia) finished with 70.400 points and the bronze medal.
“I’m feeling pretty good, I went six for six on my passes this weekend,” said Schwaiger who will also compete in the senior men’s tumbling finals on Sunday where he’ll be looking to claim his seventh consecutive title. “I had a foot injury coming into this weekend so the preparation wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but all the competition experience I’ve had over the years kicks in and your body knows what to do.”
Coming off his gold medal performance at the Jr. Pan Am Trampoline Championships in Bolivia a couple of weeks ago, Jérémy Chartier of Quebec scored 169.380 points in the junior men’s trampoline final to capture the gold medal and championship title. In the junior women’s trampoline final, Sara-Jade Berthiaume of Quebec scored 142.635 points to secure the gold medal.
Competition wraps up tomorrow with more finals in all three disciplines, including senior synchro trampoline and tumbling, and then team finals in the afternoon which are always a crowd favourite. Tickets are still available at the door.
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