Gymnast Rose-Kaying Woo of La Prairie, Que., thrives on competition.
After winning a bucket full of medals a few weeks ago at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., Woo didn’t miss a beat at the Gymnix International Junior Cup this weekend (March 7-8), picking up two gold medals in the apparatus finals on Sunday to cap another impressive showing for the 2016 Olympic hopeful.
Woo, who won double gold on Saturday in the team and individual all around events, came back on the final day of competition Sunday with victories in both the beam and floor finals.
“Rose is a very aggressive competitor,” says Canadian women’s national team director Dave Brubraker of Sarnia, Ont.
“She’s obviously going out there to win, there’s no question about it. She’s never second guessing her performances and if she has a challenge she’s able to deal with it.”
Other winners in the Junior Cup finals were Shallon Olsen of Coquitlam, B.C., on vault and Russia’s Natalia Kapitonova on uneven bars.
Medal Canadian winners included Jade Chrobok of Toronto, who won bronze on uneven bars; Megan Roberts of Toronto, with silver on floor and vault; and Ana Padurariu of Whitby, Ont., with a silver on beam.
Gold medal winners in the Gymnix Challenge for senior gymnasts were Sabrina Gill of Oakville, (uneven bars), Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man., (beam), Sydney Soloski of Calgary (floor) and Helody Cyrenne of Montreal (vault).
Soloski, 15, who has made a splash since moving up to senior competition earlier this year at Elite Canada, turned heads with another strong performance en route to her gold medal in the floor exercise.
“Like we say in hockey, if the puck’s on your stick and the net’s wide open, you can hit the goal post or you can bury it, and Sydney is one of those kids when the puck’s on her stick she’ll put it in the net for you,” said Brubaker, who coached 2012 Canadian Olympic team member Domenique Pegg before taking on new duties over a year ago to prepare the Canadian women’s team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I’m really pleased with the way the coaches and athletes are working together,” said Brubraker. “We know that to be competitive with the other countries in our cluster we need to do some upgrades in difficulty and then focus on the execution and consistency right up until the next world championships.”