Burlington gymnast tumbles to eighth

Bronte Dundas of King City, Ont., overcame the pain of a back fracture to finish sixth among 15-16 year-old girls at the age group world trampoline championships on Saturday.

Just making it to the final came as a surprise to Dundas, who missed five weeks of training with her injury earlier this season and still takes painkillers before competition.

“It’s a really great feeling,” said Dundas, who trains at Skyriders Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ont., alongside three-time Olympic medal winner Karen Cockburn and newly crowned world silver medalist Rosannagh MacLennan, finished with a score of 48.155.

“I was training and hoping to make finals, but I didn’t expect it.”

Yana Pavlova of Russia won the gold medal with a score of 52.530 points, followed by Pamela Clark of Great Britain with 51.870 points and Shaylee Dunavin of the U.S. in third at 50.800.

Lexi Giesbrecht of Calgary, who won a silver medal in double mini on Thursday, finished eighth.

In other events, Sean Robertson of Burlington finished seventh in tumbling for 17-18 year-old boys, scoring 32.9 points, just ahead of Calgary’s Justin Kalan, who was eighth with 31.5.

Robertson is coached by veteran Denis Vachon, who came out of retirement earlier this year and helped Canada win gold in the team double mini event at the senior worlds last week.