Oakville gymnasts impress at international meet

GYMCANrgbTwo Ontario gymnasts from Oakville had favourable finishes at the Massilia Masters competition on Saturday (Nov. 16) in France in a top-caliber international field.

Sabrina Gill (Futures) placed 11th in the individual all-round competition and Mariana Colussi Palez was 26th. Shallon Olsen of Coquitlam, B.C. and Victoria Kayen Woo of Montreal placed 14th and 15th spot respectively.

Olympic and world bronze medal winner Larisa Iordache of Romania topped the field with a score of 57.525 points with teammate Ekatarina Kramarenko in second and two Russian gymnasts in third and fourth spot. Natalie Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., the younger sister of 2012 Canadian Olympic team member Kristina, was an impressive fifth with a score of 54.550.

Vaculik, a former junior standout, ran into injury problems last year and is aiming to work her way onto the senior Canadian women’s team.

Rose Kayen Woo of Montreal placed 18th, Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, Man., 20th, and Sydney Townshend of Conestogo, Ont., competed in just two of four events and ranked 32nd.

In the team event Victoria Kayen Woo, Olsen, Rose Kayen Woo and Onyshko, placed fifth. Romania took the team title, followed by Russia and Great Britain.

A second Canadian team consisting of Vaculik, Colussi Palez, Gill and Townshend finished sixth.

Meanwhile, at the world age group trampoline and tumbling championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, Vancouver’s Tamara O’Brien won a gold medal in the girls 17-18 tumbling event on Saturday.