Elite Canada gymnasts launch season in Quebec

GYMCANrgbCanada’s top gymnasts will by vying for titles in novice, junior and senior events over three days of competition this weekend in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Two-time all around Canadian champion Ellie Black of Halifax highlights the women’s senior event with 2014 world team members Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., and Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man., also in the mix.

Black, who has had a busy winter with World Cup meets in Europe and another coming up in March, will likely just compete in the beam competition.

A strong group of Canadian junior gymnasts led by Shallon Olsen of Coquitlam, B.C., and Rose Kaying Woo of La Prairie, Que., will move up to compete in the senior competition, along with Sydney, Townshend of Conestogo, Ont., Sydney Laird and Sydney Soloski, both of Calgary and Audrey Rousseau of La Prairie, Que.

In the men’s senior competition, Canada’s 2014 world championship team led by Scott Morgan of Vancouver, will be looking for some strong performances in a key year leading up to qualifying a full squad for the 2016 Olympics.

Other members of the team are Zachary Clay of Chilliwack,B.C., Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford, B.C., Kevin Lytwyn of Stoney Creek, Ont., Jackson Payne of Edmonton, Hugh Smith of Halifax and Robert Watson of Coquitlam, B.C.

In the junior event, the top contenders include defending Elite Canada all around champion Sam Zakutney of Ottawa, Ryan Oehrlein of Georgetown, Ont., and 2014 Canadian novice champion Anthony Tawfik of Mississauga, Ont.

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