Gymnast follows in mentor’s footprints

gymnastics_canadaEDMONTON – From hometown boy coming up big, to a battle royale between a rising star and the reigning star, to a disciple matching his idol’s achievements, and to Olympic-bound athletes continuing to dominate, competition at the 2016 Global News Canadian Championships in Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics truly had it all.

Friday night (June 3) started out with Jackson Payne of Edmonton, the reigning senior men’s artistic gymnastics all-around champion, who had ruptured his Achilles tendon just before the Pan American Games in Toronto this past summer, putting on a show for all of his gathered family and friends by retaining his title with a final score of 83.950. Silver went to Justin Karstadt of Toronto, with a total score of 83.800, and bronze to Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, QC with a score of 83.100.

An Olympic selection is also on the line for the senior women’s artistic gymnastics athletes, and Isabela Onyhsko of Brandon, MB and Ellie Black of Halifax, NS were neck and neck throughout the night to take the all-around title, with an error on the uneven bars by Black finally leaving an opening for Onyshko to claim the title (58.550).

Black ended up finishing second (56.650), followed by Rose-Kaying Woo of Brossard, QC in third (55.375). Onyhsko also took gold on the uneven bars (14.675) and beam (15.100), and bronze on the floor (13.975). Black was victorious on the floor (14.300), placed second on beam (14.400), and was third on vault (14.900). Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC took gold on the vault (15.050).

There were multiple finals in trampoline gymnastics, with highlights including reigning Canadian and Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan of King City, ON easily taking the gold in senior women’s trampoline (157.295), over teammates Samantha Smith of Toronto, (150.310), and Samantha Sendel, also of Toronto (150.45). Jason Burnett of Toronto, did the same in senior men’s trampoline, taking the title with a score of 161.375 over Trevor Stirling of Kelowna, BC (157.425), and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, AB (156.750).

Jon Schwaiger recently moved from Calgary to Burlington, ON to train with Denis Vachon at the Burlington BG’s club, and ended up tying Vachon’s record of five straight Canadian titles won in men’s tumbling with a final score of 147.400. Schwaiger was also looking to retain his title in senior men’s double mini-trampoline, but had to settle for fourth, leaving Kyle Carragher of Port Coquitlam, BC with the win (140.100), over Jean-Christophe Martel of Quebec (135.800), and Mark Armstrong of Alberta (135.300).

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