Waterdown’s Chant earns national gymnastics’ bronze

Waterdown’s Maegan Chant (Photo: International Gymnastics Magazine/Gymnastics Canada)

Waterdown’s Maegan Chant (Photo: International Gymnastics Magazine/Gymnastics Canada)

OTTAWA – Halifax gymnasts Hugh Smith and Ellie Black struck double gold at the Canadian championships winning the men’s and women’s senior all around around titles.

For Smith, the victory came 15 years after winning his only other national all-around title as a youngster in the Tyro class while Black’s first all-around gold at the Canadian championship capped a storybook year for the 17-year-old gymnast.

Black, who first gained national attention as a surprise addition to Canada’s Olympic team last summer, topped the field with a total score of 54.550 points.

Black placed first on beam and floor, third on uneven bars and 15th on vault, normally her strongest event.

Natalie Vaculik of Oshawa, the younger sister of 2012 Olympic team member, Kristina, placed second all around with a score of 53.325 and Maegan Chant of Waterdown, was third at 53.075.

In the men’s all around Smith took the title with 81.600 points, edging runner-up Robert Watson of Richmond, B.C. with a score of 81.450.

Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., placed third with 79.900 points.

In the women’s junior all around, Shallon Olsen of Vancouver won her second straight Canadian title, placing first on floor and vault and 8th on both uneven bars and beam for a score of 55.475 points.

Aleeza Yu of Richmond Hill, Ont., placed second with 54.900 points and Brianna Clark of Montreal was third at 54.625.

Competition continues through Saturday (May 25).