Olympic hopefuls shine at Elite Canada gymnastics meet

Maegan Chant

Maegan Chant of Waterdown had a strong competition at Elite Canada as gymnasts prepare to qualify for a spot on Canada’s team for the 2012 Olympics.

Competing in the junior division, Chant scored silver medals in the floor and vault finals to the all around bronze medal. The 15-year-old athlete trains at World Class Gymnastics in Hamilton and has competed internationally. Although she is too young to qualify for this year’s Olympics she is on the gymnastics radar screen. Gymnasts must turn 16 in the Olympic year to compete.

Gearing up for the upcoming battle to win a spot on the Canadian women’s team, Victoria Moors and Madeline Gardiner, both of Cambridge, Ont., came through with strong performances on the final day of competition on Sunday (Feb. 19) on the senior side.

Moors, 15, who played a major role last month in England helping Canada qualify a full team for the 2012 Games, delivered another superb performance, winning gold on floor and bronze on uneven bars.

In the floor exercise, Moors had no close rivals, taking the title with a score of 14.650 points.
“I took a bit of a low key approach to training after the Olympic qualification meet but now I’m working more on cleaning things up and maybe adding more difficulty,” said Moors, who has seamlessly moved up from the junior ranks to the senior team in the last year.

Another top contender for the Olympic team is Mikaela Gerber of Cambridge. She trains at the Oakville Gymnastics Club.