Schwaiger doubles up for Gymnastics Canada

gymnastics_canadaGymnastics Canada announced the athletes who have been named to the trampoline gymnastics national team following a selection process that included results from the 2016 Canada Cup competition and the 2016 Canadian Championships. And Ancaster athlete Jonathon Schwaiger has been tagged to compete in two disciplines.

Schwaiger, a member of the dynamo Gymnastics Club in Cambridge and coached by Denis Vachon, will compete on the Senior Team in tumbling and double mini-trampoline. With him on the double mini-trampoline with Burlington Gymnastics member Sarah Wheatley, who is coached by Teresa Mikola.

Also named to the Senior Team is Oakville Gymnastics Club member Michael Chaves. The Don Holmes and Niki Lavoie coached Chaves will challenge in Tumbling.

Burlington resident Naomi Suzuki, a member of the Dynamo club, will compete with the Junior Team in Tumbling. She, too, is coached by Vachon.

Thirty-one athletes were named to the Senior and Junior teams.

“We have a set of bright newcomers that we are proud to name to our national team, along with many of our seasoned veterans, including newly minted two-time Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan,” said Stephan Duchesne, High Performance Director for trampoline gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “Many of these athletes will represent Canada at the Senior Pan American Championships in December in Bogota, Colombia. We then look forward to having our top athletes in tumbling and double mini-trampoline representing Canada at the World Games set to take place in July 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.”

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