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Emmerson Wong and Kristian Diana finish 8th in the men’s pair finals (12-18) at the 12th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions

OTTAWA, ON (April 22, 2022) – Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce the team results from the 12th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions which took place from March 3-6, 2022. The competition was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Emmerson Wong and Kristian Diana finish 8th in the men’s pair finals (12-18) at the 12th FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions

Canada participated in the Acrobatic Gymnastics WAGC in Men’s Pair (12-18), Women’s Pair (12-18), Women’s Group (12-18), Women’s Group (13-19), and Mixed Pair (13-19). The World Age Group competition hosted 26 countries and roughly 500 acrobats.  Canada sent a slightly smaller team than usual with only 15 acrobats attending.

Emerson Wong and Kristian Diana of the Oakville Gymnastics Club qualified for the finals, finishing 8th in the men’s pair (12-18) category. The pair finished with a total of score of 25.150. Both athletes shared how inspiring and rewarding the experience was to be able to represent Canada on the world stage and compete alongside other countries.

“It was an amazing achievement for the boys considering everything they went through as a new partnership.  We had no expectations coming into the competition and we’re so proud of the Men’s Pair for qualifying to the finals.” – coach Scott Middleton.  This was the first time that a Canadian Men’s Pair in the 12-18 age division has qualified to the finals at the World Age Group Competition. 

This year’s competition was the first to be held since 2019 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, for many athletes this was their first opportunity to compete on the international stage in more than two years.

“We were really impressed by the resilience of the Canadian acrobats who suffered through some of the most restrictive COVID-19 regulations in the world.  Many of our acrobats were unable to work together as they normally would.  Despite these hurdles the Canadian team put on a great performance and were able to rise to the global level of competition.” – Head of Delegation, Don Holmes.

Complete results for the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions can be found here: https://gymnastics.sport/publicdir/live_results/16437/results.php?fbclid=IwAR27yM-dWVB5Bjrd6oz6Hr3a3X16T-XiDUljhmdJNIuRqLFQf9H-qwxVl3A

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Taylor Matthews
Communications
Gymnastics Canada
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