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CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA !

Western Canada Cup 2014

Calgary, Alberta June 13-15



 

Tyler Champagne
Gold- Mens Provincial 4 Trampoline
Gold- Mens Provincial 4 Double Mini
Silver- Mens Provincial 3 Tumbling
Silver- All Around

Aaron Toews
Silver- Mens Provincial 4 Trampoline
8th- Mens Provincial 4 Double Mini

Isaiah Klassen
Gold- Mens Provincial 2 Double Mini
4th- Mens Provincial 3 Tumbling
8th- Mens Provincial 2 Trampoline

Keaton Savard
Silver- Mens Provincial 2 Tumbling
Bronze- Mens Provincial 2 Double Mini
9th- Mens Provincial 2 Trampoline

Haelyn Skulsky
10th- Womens Provincial 2 Trampoline

Pierce Barlow
10th- Mens Provincial 2 Double Mini

GOLD- Team Double Mini Finals
Aaron Toews, Tyler Champagne, Isaiah Klassen, Pierce Barlow

SILVER- Team Trampoline Finals
Tyler Champagne, Aaron Toews, Keaton Savard, Isaiah Klassen

 

Awarded on: June 4, 2014

Tegan Turner Nelson McIntyre

Tegan Turner

Nelson McIntyre (AAA)

Sports: Track

This 5’5” sprinter was the gold medal winner in the indoor track championships in the 60m with a time of 7.72 sec and the 200m with a time of 24.97 sec.  She also qualified for the Milk Provincial Track & Field Championships in both the 100m and 200m events.  Coach Jason McKechnie states, "Tegan is an exceptional athlete and student who works hard at everything she does whether that’s at her gym, on the track or in the classroom. This determination has allowed her to excel in two sports at the highest levels winning medals in both gymnastics and track at a national level. She is a very coachable athlete, constantly looking to improve by asking for feedback during track practices and after races. In my nineteen years of coaching track and field, she is the most talented sprinter I have ever had the pleasure of coaching."

 

RESULTS CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, ON

MAY 26 - JUNE 1, 2014

Senior High Perofrmance

Isabela Onyshko - Silver All Around, Gold Beam, Silver Uneven Bars, 4th Floor

Unspeakably proud of Isabela Onyshko. A long, tiring week at Canadian Championships, but she presented herself beautifully with 11/11 hit routines! Finished 2nd AA in Senior High Performance, Gold Balance Beam, Silver Uneven Bars, and just shy of a medal on floor.

 

National Open Men

Ian Kielly - 17th AA/50, 8th Vault

Remi Stockwell 26th AA

Qayum Hassani 27th AA

Paul Eros 28th AA

Team - 7th

Congratulation Emma Leipsic for your medal on Vault and Uneven Bars.

National Open Women 16 +

Emma Leipsic - Bronze Medal Vault, Bronze Medal Uneven Bars, 10th AA

Tegan Turner  - 21st AA, 6th Beam

Meghan Boulanger - 24th AA

Molly Oswald - 32nd AA

Signey Styles - 35th AA

Team - 6th

National Open Women 13-15

Alia Ross - 9th AA, 5th Beam

National Novice

Alexis Gillespie - 22nd AA

Marielle Roy - 23rd AA

Danika Duncan - 25th AA

Jordyn Galloway - 51st AA

Team - 5th

National Open Tumbling

Melissa Clark - 14th

National Open Trampoline

Sarah Chan -11th

 

 President’s Report on Canadian National Championships 2014

 

The Canadian National Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 26th to June 1st. Canada Gymnastics along with several other clubs from Ontario and Quebec hosted the event.  The Field House at Carleton University was used to facilitate both Gymnastics and T and T competitions this year. Once again spectator seating came at a premium for both events. On the major final competitive days, sitting on the floor or standing became options of last resort. Live streaming was available on the web for those parents and other spectators who weren’t able to attend.

This year like last, gymnast accommodations were at the Carleton University Residences. The walk to and from the venue provided great exercise, however we were fortunate this time, since sunshine followed us all week making our trek very pleasant.

In total, 17 Manitoba gymnasts participated. With 3 fewer gymnasts this year, Team Manitoba matched last year’s medal count and came home with 5 well-deserved medals.  (All scores are posted on the MGA website)

  

Isabela Onyshko placed 2nd All Around in the Senior HP Category, also capturing a Gold Medal on Beam, and a Silver Medal on Uneven Bars. In the National Open Women 16 + Category, Emma Leipsic won a Bronze Medal on Vault and a Bronze Medal on Uneven Bars.

Manitoba was represented by Sarah Chan who placed 11th at the National Open Trampoline and Melissa Clark placed 14th at the National Open Tumbling competitions.

In the National Open Men’s category, Ian Kielly placed 17th AA/50, 8th Vault, Remi Stockwell 26th AA, Qayum Hassani 27th AA and Paul Eros 28th AA.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts and coaches for their successes at Canadians. As Chef de Mission/Manager, I was pleased with the results and thankful that there were no injuries.

Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

 

President’s Report on the 2014 Edmond Financial Group Women’s Provincial Championships  

   

 

On Sunday, May 11th, Springers Gymnastics Club hosted The Edmond Financial Group Women’s Provincial Championships. It was an exciting time for both spectators and gymnasts as a very loud and boisterous crowd cheered on their favorites.

Ninety gymnasts competed for various provincial titles. It was a chance to watch all levels from Provincial 1 to Provincial 4, involving Argo, Tyro, Novice and the Open categories.  I attended the full day of competitions with my trusty camera, taking photos of gymnasts as they displayed their talents. These photos are downloaded, sorted and passed on to the clubs as keepsakes.  

The participating clubs were: Brandon Eagles, Fantastic Gymnastics, Panthers, Steinbach Flippers, Winnipeg Gymnastics and the host club, Springers. All gymnasts who competed have their names and scores posted on the MGA web-site.  

Without fail, Deb Taylor, Rachelle Valel, Kendra Tower and the Springer’s staff ran yet another flawless competition. I would like to thank Springers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards. Credit for the success of this event also goes to the coaches, judges, gymnasts, and volunteers who make this happen time and time again. On behalf of the MGA, I take this opportunity to recognize their hard work and commitment to the sport.   

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

Team Manitoba Results

Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships

Saskatoon, April 24, 25, 26th, 2014

Team Manitoba won a total of 33 medals this past weekend.  The highlights of the event were:

WOMENS

Provincial Level 4 Tyro Invitational

Trinity Mercer             4th bars, 5th beam, 7th AA

Provincial Level 4 Novice Invitational

Brook Bradshaw         1st vault, 6th bars, 1st beam, 4th floor, 1st AA

Provincial Level 4 Open Invitational

Nerisse Martinuk         3rd vault, 1st bars, 8th beam, 3rd AA

Sophia Mercier            8th vault, 4th bars, 6th beam, 4th AA

Provincial Level 5 Tyro

Quinn Skrupa              1st vault, 1st bars, 3rd beam, 1st floor, 1st AA

Taya Niessen               8th vault

Julie Sorin                     7th floor

BRONZE MEDAL TEAM

Quinn Skrupa, Taya Niessen, Julie Sorin, Maxine Sanders

Provincial Level 5 Novice

Jamie Wakin           2nd vault, 6th bars

Shea Taylor            1st bars

Provincial Level 5 Open

Ashley Jolicoeur    6th vault, 3rd bars, 1st beam, 4th floor,

                              2nd AA          

Maia Thomlinson   8th vault, 7th bars, 8th beam, 7th floor, 3rd AA

Alex Empey           2nd bars

GOLD MEDAL TEAM            

Ashley Jolicoeur, Maia Thomlinson, Alex Empey, Cristina Doyle,          Taylor Goodon

National Novice

Marielle Roy            5th bars

Danika Duncan       8th bars

Jordyn Galloway     5th vault

National Open

Emma Leipsic          1st vault, 1st bars, 5th AA

Tegan Turner           3rd vault, 3rd floor, 6th AA

Molly Oswald            5th vault

Pre-Novice Elite

Nicole Gobert          8th vault, 5th bars, 7th beam, 6th floor, 4th AA

MENS

National Open

Ian Kielly                  6th floor, 5th pommel horse, 6th rings,

                                1st vault, 2nd parallel bars, 2nd high bar, 1st AA

Remi Stockwell       4th rings, 6th vault, 4th parallel bars,

                                5th high bar, 5th AA

Qayum Hassani      6th pommel horse, 8th AA

Paul Eros                 3rd floor, 3rd vault, 1st parallel bars, 3rd high bar

Provincial 4

Akira Cormier             5th parallel bars

Davey Boschmann     5th pommel horse

Raymond Bautista      6th pommel horse

Provincial 5

Jeremie Gregoire         3rd pommel horse

 

 

Isabela Onyshko wins silver medal at Osijek World Cup

OSIJEK, Croatia -- Saving the best for last, Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man., won a silver medal in the floor exercise on the final day of competition Sunday at a World Cup gymnastics meet.

Onyshko, 15, who won a bronze medal on floor last month in her World Cup debut in Doha, Qatar, also competed in two other finals on the weekend, placing fifth on beam and sixth on uneven bars.

 

President’s Report on Western Canadian Championships

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Western Canadian Championships were held in Saskatoon at the Prairieland Park Hall E, from April 24th to April 26th. Board member Kendra Tower attended as Team Manager. As Chef de Mission, I was very impressed by Team Manitoba’s professionalism during our travels and throughout the meet. They were disciplined, motivated and focused. Our three days in Saskatoon were filled with training sessions, daily competitions, lots of travel and literally eating on the run. However, Kendra managed to find enough time on Thursday to set up a luncheon for the whole team and all their coaches.  

Our Women’s Provincial Level 5 Open won Team Gold and our Women’s Provincial Level 5 Tyro won Team Bronze. In total we brought back 33 medals: 16 Gold, 5 Silver and 12 Bronze, as well as many other individual awards (See MGA site for all the results). Considering our smaller contingent of men gymnasts, they fared extremely well in their categories bringing back a total of 9 medals.

In the Men’s National Open category, Ian Keilly won 1st on vault, 2nd on parallel bars, 2nd on high bar and 1st AA. Paul Eros won 3rd on floor, 3rd on vault, 1st on parallel bars and 3rd on high bar. In the Men’s Provincial 5 category, Jeremie Gregoire won 3rd on pommel horse.  

Congratulations to all the gymnasts and coaches for their hard work and resounding success.

I take this opportunity to personally thank Ms. Tower as manager for Western Canadians. She maintained a steady hand over some 40 plus gymnasts as they traveled between the hotel and competitions in 3 coordinated vans. I also wish to thank Joe Stouffer, coach from Brandon Eagles, who took time out of his busy schedule to drive one of the vans.   

Finally thank you to Kathy Stoesz for staying in touch with Team Manitoba while we were in Saskatoon.          

Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

 

President’s Report Edmond Financial Girls Regional Stream Provincial Championships

  

The Edmond Financial Girls Regional Stream Provincial Championships were held at the Brandon Eagles Gym Club on April 11th to April 13th, 2014. This event was an opportunity for spectators to watch some great performances by the girls from 20 regional clubs in the province. It also provided each participating gymnast a clearer representation of their positioning within the province.  I attended all three days where a total of 300 plus gymnasts competed at the following levels: Intermediate 7 to 14 years, Advanced 9 and under, 10 to 14 and over, and P2A, 10 to 15 years.   

Clubs in attendance were: Beausejour Elites, Crescentwood, Fantastic, Flin Flon Finty’s, Grand-Plains Gym Cats, GymKyds, Keystone Kips, Morden Magic’s, Neepawa Novas, Panthers, Selkirk Selects, Silhouettes, Southport Sapphires, Springers, St. Andrews, Steinbach Flippers, Swan Valley, Thompson Tumblers, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, and the host club, Brandon Eagles.

 It was a weekend with seven superb sessions of great competition. Parents, grandparents, friends, and others supported all the clubs. Cheers and clapping could be heard throughout the gym whenever a competitor finished her event. At the end of each session, and a first for me, an “EASTER BONNET” parade was held where specifically chosen gymnasts displayed their hats to the crowd on hand. Two local Brandon ladies, which I presume were volunteers, acted as judges and handed out various sized Easter egg prizes. Finally, individual scores were posted and awards were handed out. All of the gymnast scores have been posted on the MGA web-site.  

At Saturday’s evening session, I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon’s Deputy Mayor, Mr. Len Isleifson. We both agreed on the importance of sports for our youth and why facilities such as the Eagles Gym Club are of great benefit to the community of Brandon. He was amazed by the numbers of gymnasts competing and crowd in attendance.     

Head coach, Lorie Henderson, Barb Heaps, Katrina Howard and the Brandon coaching staff along with their volunteers ran the weekend meet without a hitch. It was a jam-packed weekend and I was busy trying to capture the perfect photo as the sessions continued to flow one into the other. For those who may not be aware these pictures are sorted and sent out to the participating clubs.   

In closing, thank you to the Eagles Gym Club for the invitation and Barb Heaps for giving me the honour of handing out awards. Finally thanks to everyone who played a part in making this event happen and to the tremendous crowds for an enjoyable weekend. It was a real pleasure to be part of the proceedings in Brandon.     

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships

     

 

On the weekend of April 5th, Panthers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships. I had the pleasure to attend the full day competition. As always there was a huge crowd for this event as 25 gymnasts competed for Provincial titles and the Manitoba Teams for Western and Canadian Championships. 58 gymnasts competed in the Crocus Invitational.

After the weekend meet, the selection committee chose which gymnasts will represent Manitoba at Westerns in Saskatoon and at the Canadian Championships being held later in Ottawa. All gymnasts who competed had their names and scores posted on the Panthers website.   

Robert and Hélène along with Jody Smith, Sandra Grevstad, Bud Grevstad and the Panthers staff worked hard to ensure the competition ran without a hitch.      

I would like to thank Panthers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards. Credit for the success of this event also goes to the coaches, judges, gymnasts and volunteers. On behalf of the MGA, I take this opportunity to recognize Panthers hard work and commitment to the sport. As the gymnastics competition year draws to an end, I wish to extend to every club the very best in which ever meets you may have left. Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

President’s Report on Edmond Financial Group Tumbling and Trampoline Manitoba Open Championships 2014

 

 

 

On March 29th, 2014, Panthers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Group Tumbling and Trampoline Manitoba Open Championships 2014. There were 12 competitors, both men and women. This year’s session included Provincial levels 1 to 3 and the National Open category. During the breaks between competitions, I spoke with a number of judges, the coaches and several spectators. I took photos as usual and noticed the progress made by many TNT gymnasts since last year.

With a strong contingent of parents and friends on hand and a very focused and motivated group of gymnasts, I enjoyed being part of the event.  When the competition was done and the scores tallied, the selection committee picked Mia Danis, Tyler Champagne, Aaron Toews, Haelyn Skulsky (Panthers) and Isaiah Klassen, Keaton Savard, Pierce Barlow, Jerzy Rigaux (Flippers) as the representatives for Team Manitoba at the TNT Western Canada Cup, being held on June 12-15 in Calgary.

Sarah Chan (trampoline) and Melissa Clark (tumbling) from Panthers will be going to the Canadians being held in Ottawa, on May 26-31. I would like to thank Panthers Gym Club, in particular Michelle Dewyn, for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards. Thank you to all the judges and coaches for a job well done. Finally, a big thank you to the many parent and gymnast volunteers, who after the meet, proceeded in setting up the gym for the next day’s events.   

\Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

Phoenix Invitational

Edmonton AB

Trampoline and Tumbling

March 22-23, 2014

  

 

 

TUMBLING

TRAMPOLINE

DMT                 

Tyler Champagne

Panthers

1st Prov 3

1st Prov 3

2nd Prov 3

Isaiah Klassen

Flippers

3rd Prov 3

14th Prov 2

3rd Prov 2

Mia Danis

Panthers

1st Prov 4 and qualified for nationals

1st Prov 3

29th Prov 3

Haelyn Skulsky

Panthers

12th Prov 1

20th Prov 2

2nd Prov 1

Keaton Savard

Flippers

1st Prov 2

8th Prov 2

6th Prov 2

Pierce Barlow

Flippers

6th Prov 2

11th Prov 2

10th Prov 2

Aaron Toews

Panthers

 

2nd Prov 3

1st Prov 3

 

University of Calgary International Invitational

March 21-23, 2014

Tegan Turner: 2nd AA Day 1

Day 2 finals: 1st Vault, 2nd Floor, and 3rd Bars.

Molly Oswald : 1st All Around National Open

Ashley Jolicoeur: 1st AA in P5 open at UCIC.  

Also in the photo are: Taya Niessen 2nd bars, Jordyn Galloway 3rd bars in P5 Tyro and Jamie Wakin 3rd bars and beam in P5 novice. 

Other results: 

Meghan Austen Blake 2nd vault P3 Open

Lydia Barsalou 1st vault, 2nd AA P4 Open

Nerisse Martinuk 3rd vault and floor P4 Open

 

 

President’s Report on the Men’s Manitoba Open

   

 

  

 On March 9th, I attended the Men’s Manitoba Open. Selkirk, Steinbach Fllippers, and the host Gym Club, Winnipeg Gymnastics, competed. There were 35 gymnasts divided into 3 groups. Group A consisted of Regional Beginner, Advanced and Provincial levels 1 and 3. Group B was made up of level ones and Group C was a mix of Provincial level 4, 5 and the National open men.  All results have been posted on our website.    I attended the all-day event and spent time taking photos, talking to coaches and competitors. I was excited at their progress from the last time I saw them compete, only in December of last year. I congratulate all gymnasts who took part in the competition and look forward to watching them compete at other meets. Thank-you to Celia Champion and the volunteers who worked all day to ensure the competition went off without a hitch. Thank you to everyone who played an important role to ensure that the Men’s Manitoba Open Competitions were a success. Finally I wish to thank Winnipeg Gymnastics for their invitation and the honour of handing out awards.  Best wishes and good luck to the Men’s gymnastic endeavours this year.  

Lawrence OystrykMGA President

Gymnix Invitational Competition

March 6-9, 2014

Montreal

Congratulations to Isabela Onyshko, representing Canada, who placed 4th All Around and won Gold on Uneven Bars at the Gymnix International Challenge Cup.

 

Isabela Onyshko competing for Team Canada at @[171920412824114:274:L'International Gymnix] 4th AA, gold bars, and 8th on floor.

 

   Photo: Congratulation Alexis for your gold medal!

Congratulations to Sydney Alexander who placed 5th AA and won a silver medal on Floor in the Senior A category and to Alexis Gillespie who won a gold medal on Uneven Bars in Pre Novice Elite.

 

President’s Report on the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games

   

  

 

On Monday March, 2nd to Wednesday March, 5th 2014 a total of 113 gymnasts and 33 coaches from throughout Manitoba boarded buses and headed out to the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games in Morden. Gymnasts were separated by gender and accommodated in schools in Morden and Winkler. Buses ran on a daily schedule transporting the gymnasts and coaches to the competitive venue and for meals.

Gymnastics was one of the first sports to begin the week of activities in Phase 1 of the Games. As in any first time event, there were some small glitches, but all was resolved and our two and a half days ran efficiently.

On behalf of the Manitoba Gymnastics Association, I would like to congratulate all gymnasts who qualified to participate in the Games and those who won medals. The results have been posted on the Manitoba Gymnastics website.

I wish to thank the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games Host Society, the Organizing Committee for the Gymnastics Competition, the officials and all the volunteers who made these Games a success. Personally I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kathy Stoesz, our Executive Director of Manitoba Gymnastics and Lorie Henderson, Regional Development Coordinator for all their hard work in making sure that the competition ran smoothly. As well a big thank you to the many volunteers, businesses and sponsors, who made this a very successful competition. Finally, I wish to acknowledge the tremendous support of the parents, their families and friends who came out to cheer our athletes on.

Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

 

President’s Report on SelkirkSelects Invitational

 

 

The Selkirk Invitational Competition was held at the Selkirk Selects Gym Club on February 22nd, 2014. This one-day event offered young women gymnasts an opportunity to compete with a few clubs in the province and one club, The Mat Cats from Red Lake, Ontario.

A total of 71 gymnasts competed at the Beginner age 7 to age 10 and the Intermediate age 9 to age 12 and up levels. Clubs in attendance were: GymKyds from Winnipeg, Steinbach Flippers, Red Lake Mat Cats and the host club, Selkirk Selects.

It was an early start to a full day with parents, grandparents and friends enthusiastically and notably cheering on all gymnasts. This was certainly an obvious change from the qualifiers for the Manitoba Power Smart competitions, where the crowds cheered for their favorite. The day was comprised of three sessions and at the end of each session gymnasts were given lunch while scores were tallied and readied to be handed out at the awards ceremony. 

Head coach, Vannessa Roman and her coaching staff did an incredible job of running the meet. In speaking with other volunteers, they praised Vannessa, Sylvie and the rest of the coaching staff for all their hard work. It was noted that they spent 12 hours on Friday setting up the gym for this competition.   

In closing, I would like to thank Sylvie Roman for the invitation and I also want to thank all the coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers and parent spectators for an enjoyable day. It was a pleasure to be part of the proceedings.   

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

Congratulations to Isabela Onyshko from Brandon Eagles for placing 6th All Around as a first year Senior at Elite Canada this past week and to her coaches Lorie Henderson and Joe Stouffer.

This weekend Eastern Michigan met up with University of Illinois Chicago at the Michigan/Illinois challenge. Former Team Manitoba members snapped a picture together!

Sydney McEachern, Gabrielle May and Natalie Gervais

Good Luck girls!

 

Congratulations to Lorie Henderson of Brandon Eagles who won a "Women to Watch"

Coaching Grant from

Sport Manitoba.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interlake Qualifier held in Gimli for the Power Smart Manitoba Games 

 

The Interlake Qualifier was held at Dr. George Johnson Middle School on January 25th in Gimli. This event was hosted by Gimli Flyers and GymKyds Gymnastics, where spectators and visitors were treated to excellent performances by 10 clubs from our province.

Clubs in attendance were:

Keystone Kips, Panthers, Selkirk Selects, Silhouettes, Springers, Teulon Gymnastics Club, St. Andrews, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, and the host clubs, Gimli Flyers and GymKyds.

 

It was a very busy day of competitions with 4 sessions, starting with Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced Qualifiers, followed by P2A/P2 Qualifiers and all other P2A gymnasts. Parents were most eager to show their support for all the clubs, but eventually the focus turned to their favorite. At the end of each session, individual scores were tabulated, posted and awards were handed out. 

Head coach, Peggy Glassco, her coaching staff and volunteers ran the Saturday meet. It was a jam packed day and I was busy trying to capture perfect photos. 

In closing, I would like to thank The Gimli Flyers and Gymkyds Clubs for the invitation and for giving me the honour of handing out awards. Finally, thanks to many of the parents with whom I had an opportunity to speak and to the gymnasts who made this a successful event. It was my pleasure to attend.   

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

 

President’s Report on Panthers Qualifier for Power Smart Games and Snowflake Classic 2014 Competition

On January 19th at the invitation of Hélène

Desmarais, I attended the Panthers Qualifier for the Manitoba Power Smart Games to be held in Morden on March 2nd to the 5th. 

Panthers’ Administrator, Sandra Grevstad, along with Jody Smith, Hélène Desmarais and the other staff oversaw the events. I was not able to attend the Snowflake Classic on Friday and Saturday, but I was told all ran smoothly. At the qualifier on Sunday, a total 7 provincial clubs competed:  

Crescentwood, Silhouettes, GymKyds, Keystone Kips, Springers, WpgGymCenter, one independent gymnast and the home team, Panthers. There were 80 gymnasts in attendance.

The competition had 6 sessions, from Advanced 10-11 to Advanced 13+ and P2A 10-11 to P2A 13+. Early Sunday morning I also had the opportunity to watch one session of the Snow Flake Classic beginners.  I enjoyed all the sessions and as always I had the opportunity to talk to parents, coaches, gymnasts, and judges as well as take photos, that I pass on to the clubs in attendance.

The seating gallery provided spectators with an excellent view of all the gymnasts. Of course parents were most interested in their own daughter’s scores to see who would qualify for the Manitoba Power Smart Games.

I enjoyed my time at the competition and want to personally thank Hélène and Sandra.

Lawrence Oystryk

President of MGA

 

President’s Report on Steinbach’s Manitoba Power Smart Games Qualifier   

   

 

 On Saturday, January 11th, Steinbach Flippers Gym Club hosted the Manitoba Power Smart Qualifier. The Flippers divided the men’s qualifier on Saturday and the women’s on Sunday. I only attended the men’s competition.  A total of 34 gymnasts competed at the Provincial 1 to National Youth levels. This category took in groups from 8 to 17 years of age.  Clubs in attendance were: Fantastic Gymnastics with 2 gymnasts, Winnipeg Gymnastics Center with 16 gymnasts and the host club, Flippers, with 16 gymnasts competing. It was a busy day with 3 judges evaluating 34 gymnasts through 6 events.  On an interesting note this was my first time seeing an adult compete at the P1 level. I was amazed by his success on all 6 events. During the competition I was introduced to Andy, who told me he was a young 50. I wished him well in the remaining events and said that I hoped he would continue in the future.    Upon completion, scores were tabulated and awards were handed out. Head coach, Bonita Martens, her coaching staff and the volunteers did a good job of running the meet.   In closing, I would like to thank my assistants (too many to mention by name) who helped me hand out awards at the ceremony. As always coaches, judges, gymnasts and volunteers are a huge part of any event; I wish to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the sport. My hope is that more parents and gymnasts will volunteer and take on a job according to their capabilities within gymnastics. Like in any sport, as our senior gymnasts move on to other endeavors, some stay and volunteer their talents, but many don’t. I encourage our gymnastics community to take on other roles and mentor our younger gymnasts.      Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

President’s Report on Thompson Tumblers Women’s Gymnastics’ Qualifier for the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games  

   

 

 

 

 On January 4th and 5th 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the Tumblers Women’s Gymnastics’ Qualifier for the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games.   Competitors came from Flinty’s Club in Flin Flon, and the host club, Thompson Tumblers. In total there were 11 gymnasts who competed.   This was my first time attending a competition in Thompson, so I had a lot to catch up on. During the competition I felt the tension amongst the gymnasts and their coaches as all were hoping to qualify. However at the end as I have come to expect, there was joy in those who qualified and of course disappointment in those who didn’t. During the meet I had a chance to speak with one of the parents at length and feel it important to share her comment. She stated that I must be proud, knowing that gymnastics is one of the most disciplined sports. It is for that reason that after careful consideration of other sports she and her husband chose gymnastics for their daughter. I found that statement very heart-warming.     Besides taking photos which is common place for me, I spent time learning about the new facility, the club’s program, coaching staff and the board members. The club has been in operation for 36 years and has 121 registered gymnasts, 104 girls and 17 boys. Dawn Lundrigan, Head Coach, indicated that programs start from 3 and 4 years old with parent and gymnast and move up to recreational and finally to the girls’ competitive levels. The club has 7 coaches and is in its second year at the new facility. Since they moved to the (TRCC) Thompson Regional Community Centre, additional equipment has greatly improved their program and gymnasts have longer training sessions and breaks coincide with school breaks.  I spent Sunday attending the coaching/training clinic at the TRCC. Alix Martens and Rachel Reynolds from Winnipeg provided a terrific workshop for the coaches and gymnasts. Dawn Lundrigan was very thankful for their support.    President Trish Griffin and her board of Directors, VP – Shawna Johnson, Treasurer – Eloria Gaudet, Fundraising – Christine Randell, and Secretary – Jaycee Frost along with Jacomien Van Tonder, Tamitha Lucus, Cheryse Onook-Pilling and Edna Hass have done a spectacular job in increasing the membership since they moved into TRCC. I wish to thank Dawn Lundrigan, her staff, and the president of the club, Trish Griffin for their warm hospitality.      Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

 

 

       

 

President’s Report on the Men’s Winnipeg Gymnastics’ Qualifier for the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games

 

On Sunday December 15th, 2013, Winnipeg Gymnastics Club hosted the Men’s Winnipeg Qualifier. Competitors came from 3 gymnastic clubs: Fantastic, Steinbach Flippers and the host club, Winnipeg Gymnastics Center. In total there were 29 gymnasts competing from the Regional Beginner to the level 6 National Open categories.  I attended the all-day event and spent time conversing with coaches, judges, gymnasts and parents. Since it was my first competitive event of the season, there was a lot to catch up on. I was thrilled at the progress most gymnasts have made since I last saw them compete in May. I mentioned it to several coaches, stating that I looked forward to this year’s competitive season.  I congratulate all gymnasts who took part in the Winnipeg Qualifier and look forward to other provincial meets. Thank-you to Celia Champion and her group of volunteers who worked all day to ensure the competition ran smoothly. Thank you to all coaches and judges for their support and efforts and finally thank you to Winnipeg Gymnastics for the invitation and the honour of handing out awards.  Best wishes and good luck in the New Year!  

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

Congratulations to Isabela Onyshko, of Brandon Eagles Gymnastics Club, on becoming a Junior National Team Carded athlete! Congratulations to her coaches Lorie Henderson and Joe Stouffer.

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Congratulations to Dana Cartlidge, coach at Panthers, who won the 2013 Coaching MB Bursary Award

Jeff Collins Memorial Scholarship Award for Coaching

in recognition of outstanding achievement in coaching and academics.

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Congratulations to Rachelle Valel, Head Coach at Springers Gymnastics Club, who was awarded a "Women To Watch" grant from Sport Manitoba. The grant was awarded to Rachelle for her participation in the Universiade Games as Team Leader and Coach.

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Natalie Gervais and Sydney McEachern at Eastern Michigan University - ready to start their Gymnastics Season on full scholarships. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to the Universiade Team representing Canada in Kazan, Russia - placed 7th.

Congratulations to Ellie Black who won 2 medals - Bronze on Beam and Silver on Floor and placed 4th All Around.

Coach Rachelle Valel Springers, Winnipeg,

 

Athletes:

Sara Flett (Springers, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)

Erica Devereaux (Cygnus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St-John's)

Mackenzie Itcush (Gymtastics, Mount-Royal University, Calgary)

Elsabeth (Ellie) Black (Alta, Dalhousie University, Halifax)

Natalie Gervais (Springers, University of Winnipeg)

 

Brevet Judge: Elena Davydova (Oshawa)

 

Back row:

 

Coach Jeremy Mosier (Gymtastics)

Coach David Kikuchi (Alta)

Brevet Judge Tracey Anderson (Toronto)

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING MANITOBA TEAM AT WESTERN CANADA CUP!

The Manitoba Team won 9 medals at the competition held in Port Moody, BC June 7-9, 2013.

Medalists are:

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Keaton Savard - Gold Medal Provincial 1 12 and under DMT; Bronze Medal Gold Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling

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Pierce Barlow - Silver Medal Provincial 1 12 and under   DMT; 7th Place Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling

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Isaiah Klassen - Bronze Medal Provincial 1 12 and under DMT; Gold Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling

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Tyler Champagne - Gold Medal Provincial 2 14 + DMT;

6th Trampoline Provincial 2 14+; Gold Medal Provincial 2

14 + Tumbling

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Mia Danis - Silver Medal Provincial 2 13 and under DMT; Silver Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Trampoline

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Coaches: Michelle Dewyn, Kelsey Berkowski,

Bonita Martens

Judges: Natasha Jenkyns, Chelsey Froese

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WOMEN'S 2013 PROVINCIAL

CHAMPIONS NAMED

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On June 2nd at Panthers Gym Club the

2013 Edmond Financial Women's Provincial Championships took place.

The overall winner in each level is:

Provincial 1 - Delaney Chan, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre

Provincial 2 - Natalie Sluis, Brandon Eagles

Provincial 3 - Nerisse Martinuk, Springers

Provincial 4 - Jordyn Galloway, Springers

All results at: Panthers Gymnastics

 

President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Provincial Championships at Panthers  

     

 

On June 2nd, 2013, Panthers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Group Provincial Championships, and as expected this was the last championship meet of the year. It was a memorable day of competitions. Sandra Grevstad, Jody Smith, Helene Desmarais and the rest of the Panthers staff and volunteers did a tremendous job in organizing this all day competition.    

 All gymnasts who competed have their names and scores posted on the Panthers web-site.

I wish to recognize our all-around winners in the various categories of this provincial meet.  Provincial 1 - Delaney Chan, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre Provincial 2 - Natalie Sluis, Brandon Eagles Provincial 3 - Nerisse Martinuk, Springers Provincial 4 - Jordyn Galloway, Springers.

Congratulations are extended to all gymnasts as they now have a very well-deserved break.  I found my walkabouts between sessions quite interesting. I ran into a parent and former student of mine who now has a daughter in gymnastics. We briefly spoke about life’s adventures and how we landed up being in the gymnastics community. I occasionally will meet parents, former gymnasts and even present coaches who remember me from the classroom. They all have a story or two to relate about gymnastics. Like me they love the sport and enjoy its attributes.       

In closing, I would like to thank Panthers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of handing out awards. Credit for the success of this event starts with the organizers and filters down to the gymnasts, coaches, judges, volunteers and not least, the parents. I take this opportunity to recognize everyone’s hard work and commitment to the sport.   

Best wishes to all for a wonderful summer.

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

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President’s Report on Canadian National Championships 2013

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The Canadian National Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 20th to May 25th. Canada Gymnastics along with several clubs hosted the event.  The facility located at the Carleton University was more than adequate and had a large athletic training area which was curtained off from the main competition floor. Spectator seating came at a premium and for some events, standing room was the only option. In the adjoining building, another gym served as the tumbling and trampoline facility. Both buildings provided gymnasts with quick access to the competition floor. Live streaming was available on the web for those parents and other spectators who weren’t able to attend.

Even though gymnast accommodations were at the Carleton University, the long walk to and from the venue provided great exercise. However rainfall which lasted all week made the trek somewhat unpleasant, but we were up for the challenge and the cafeteria food never failed us. The chefs made sure the nutritional value was there and I’d venture to say above the norm for cafeteria food.   

In total, 20 Manitoba gymnasts participated. Team Manitoba focused on their game and in the end came home with 5 well-deserved medals.     

The Women’s National Open team placed 3rd in Canada. Natalie Gervais placed 2nd on Beam, and Madeleine Arbuckle placed 3rd on Vault. Tegan Turner finished 5th on Floor and 7th on Vault.

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In the 13-15 years Category Emma Leipsic won a 3rd on Vault, a 6th on Bars and 8th on Beam.

Isabela Onyshko placed 4th All Around in the Junior Category, also capturing a Bronze Medal on Bars, 4th on Beam, and a 5th on Floor.

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The Novice Team placed 5th. Team members were: Sydney Alexander who finished 6th on Floor, Marielle Roy, Amy Hryshko, Keanna Ponce, Paige Kent and Danika Duncan.

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Manitoba was represented by Sarah Chan who placed 26th on Trampoline and Ian Kielly our only male athlete placed 7th on High Bar. 

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Congratulations to all the gymnasts, coaches and judges for their hard work and success at Canadians. As Chef de Mission/Manager, I was pleased with the results and thankful that sickness and injuries were minimal.

I wish to thank the Ontario/Quebec organizing staff for putting on an excellent meet and for their attention to our every need.

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Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

 

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

OTTAWA, MAY 20-26, 2013

 

Manitoba Gymnasts had an excellent week at Canadian Championships in Ottawa.

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The Women’s Open Team captured a Bronze Medal placing ahead of very competitive teams from BC and Quebec.

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Medalists on the Team in the 16 + years Category from Springers Gymnastics were Natalie Gervais who won a Silver Medal on Beam, and Madeleine Arbuckle who won a Bronze Medal on Vault. Tegan Turner finished 5th on Floor and 7th on Vault.

In the 13-15 years Category Emma Leipsic of Panthers won a Bronze medal on Vault, a  6th on Bars and 8th on Beam. Other Team Members were: Molly Oswald, Brenley Toffan, and Signey Styles from Springers, Meghan Boulanger, Alia Ross from Fantastic Gymnastics.

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Isabela Onyshko of Brandon Eagles placed 4th All Around in the Junior Category, also capturing a Bronze Medal on Bars, 4th on Beam, and a 5th on Floor.

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The Novice Team placed 5th. Team members were:

Sydney Alexander who finished with a 6th place on Floor, Marielle Roy, Amy Hryshko all of Panthers, Keanna Ponce and  Paige Kent from Springers, Danika Duncan from Fantastic Gymnastics.

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Ian Kielly from Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre represented Manitoba in the Men’s National Open category with a best finish on High Bar with a 7th place.

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Manitoba was represented by Sarah Chan who placed 26th in Trampoline and Kelsey Hak from Panthers in Trampoline and Tumbling.

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Sarah Flett from Springers competed in the Senior High Performance category on Bars and Beam only due to injury.

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Congratulations to all of our Team Manitoba!

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TEAM MANITOBA WINS 27 MEDALS AT WESTERN CANADIANS! CONGRATULATIONS TEAM MB!!


THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED MAKE WESTERNS SUCH A SUCCESS!!

 

Medalists are:

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National Open:

Joshua Kehler - Gold Pommel Horse

Ian Kielly - Gold Parallel Bars, Silver Vault

Paul Eros - Bronze Parallel Bars

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Provincial 5 Novice Team: Bronze

Cristina Doyle, Kally Berard, Catherine Robert

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Provincial 5 Open:

Ashlyn Erickson - Silver All Around, Silver Floor, Bronze T Vault

Ashley Jolicoeur - Bronze T Vault

Alex Empey - Gold Uneven Bars, Bronze Beam

Provincial 5 Open Team : Gold

Ashlyn Erickson, Alex Empey, Ashley Jolicoeur, Lauren Jackman, Signey Styles

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Pre-Novice Aspire:

Julie Sorin - Bronze All Around, Bronze Beam, Bronze Floor Exercise

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National Novice:

Sydney Alexander - Bronze All Around, Gold Floor Exercise, Silver Uneven Bars, Bronze Vault

National Novice Team : Bronze

Sydney Alexander, Danika Duncan, Amy Hryshko, Marielle Roy

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National Open:

Isabela Onyshko - Gold All Around, Gold Uneven Bars, Gold Beam

Emma Leipsic - Gold T Vault

Natalie Gervais- Silver Beam

Tegan Turner - Silver T Floor

National Open Team: Silver

Isabela Onyshko, Tegan Turner, Natalie Gervais, Emma Leipsic, Meghan Boulanger, Molly Oswald, Madeleine Arbuckle

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See all results at:   www.gym-score-depot

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President’s Report of Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships - 2013

 

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From all accounts Westerns was a huge success and Manitoba did an excellent job in hosting. Over the course of the competition I made a point of asking people from visiting provinces if they were happy with the arrangements and I received no complaints. In fact representatives from each province complimented us for an excellent event. And I’m told that the dance and adult social were also a great success.

 

Live streaming was a new feature for us. We reached some 5500 hits. For a first try in live streaming that is good news. A DVD may be available for purchase. 

  

All medals, flags, flowers, décor and award podiums worked out perfectly. The award ceremonies ran well even though they needed to be fitted in between events. I liked the new process of having 2, 3, and even 4 presenters handing out ribbons and medals. It was quick and efficient! Please permit me to say the medal and ribbon designs were awesome and the comments from gymnasts attested to that.

 

All materials arrived on time and worked well for our purposes. I found our choice of décor to be just right with the tables being skirted and enough chairs for everyone. Sandra Grevstad’s idea of balloons was an added touch which created a warm atmosphere in such a large facility. Thanks go out to Winnipeg Gymnastics Center who set-up and took down the equipment in record time.

 

Finally thank you to each and every one of the committee members who worked like there was no tomorrow! I saw, I worked alongside with you and I was impressed.

 

A big thank you to Regan Bint, Angela Djordjevitch, Angela Gaspar, Joe Gaspar, Sandra Grevstad, Dale Grevstad, Alix Martens, Jody Smith, Donna Turner, and Kathy Stoesz. They and other key volunteers were instrumental in pulling off the 2013 Western Gymnastics Championships. Our slates of volunteers who worked under the different chairpersons were wonderful. A big thank you goes out to them.

 

I would be amiss not to mention Amy Vaillancourt. A big thank you to Amy for singing “O Canada” so beautifully. MLA Dave Gaudreau and I thanked her after opening exercises.  

  

Kudos to everyone for a job well done - we should be very proud of our accomplishment!

 

Lawrence Oystryk

President MGA  

 

 

 

President’s Report on Edmond Financial Trampoline and Tumbling MB Open Championships

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On April 19th, 2013, Panthers Gymnastics Club hosted the Manitoba Trampoline and Tumbling Championships. With only 9 competitors there still was a strong contingent of parents and friends who attended. I enjoyed watching the events, taking photos and speaking with several parents and spectators. When the competition ended the selection committee chose those gymnasts who would represent Manitoba at Canadians and Western Canada Cup. All T and T gymnasts’ scores are posted on the MGA web-site.

 I would like to thank Panthers Gym Club, in particular Sandra Grevstad and Michelle Dewyn for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards. Thank you to Mikaela Perron, Keara Brown and Sage Cournoyer for assisting me during the award ceremony which was held right after the meet. Thank you to all the judges and coaches for a job well done.  

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships

 

      

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On the weekend of April 13th and 14th, 2013, Springers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships. I had the pleasure of attending both days of competition. It was a jam-packed event where 125 gymnasts competed for provincial titles and the Manitoba teams for Western and Canadian Championships.

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 All gymnasts who competed have their names posted on the MGA web-site.  After the weekend meet, the selection committee chose the gymnasts who will represent Manitoba at Westerns in Winnipeg and at the Canadian Championships being held later in Ottawa. 

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Deb Taylor, Kendra Fredricksen and the Springers’ staff showed their talents and ran a flawless competition. Credit for the success of this event also goes to the coaches, judges, gymnasts, and volunteers who made this competition possible. On behalf of the MGA, I take this opportunity to recognize their hard work and commitment to the sport of gymnastics.      

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 I would like to thank Springers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards.

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

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Edmond Financial Women's Manitoba Open Gymnastics Championships

April 13-14, 2013

 

The Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships was held Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14th at the Springers Gymnastics Club.  There were 125 gymnasts competing for Provincial Championship titles and the Manitoba Teams for Western and Canadian Championships were selected.

 

 

The results are as follows:

 

Provincial 1: All from Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre

Argo: Delaney Chan

Tyro: Annika Kornelson

Novice: Nahanni Manaigre-Mitchell

 

Provincial 2: All from Brandon Eagles

Argo: Brooklyn Nylen

Tyro: Haley Turner

Novice: Natalie Sluis

 

Provincial 3:

Tyro: Brook Bradshaw – Brandon Eagles

Novice: Taylor Goodon – Brandon Eagles

Open: Nerisse Martinuk – Springers

 

Provincial 4:

Argo: Quinn Skrupa – Brandon Eagles

Tyro: Taylor Shea  - Brandon Eagles

Novice: April Demeule – Panthers

Open: Lydia Barsalou – Springers

 

Provincial 5: All from Springers

Tyro: Stephanie Clarkson

Novice: Cristina Doyle

Open: Ashlyn Erickson

 

Pre-Novice Aspire:

Nicole Gobert – Panthers

 

Pre-Novice Elite:

Taya Niessen – Springers

 

National Open:

Natalie Gervais – Springers

 

National Novice:

Sydney Alexander – Panthers

 

Junior High Performance:

Isabela Onyshko – Brandon Eagles

 

Senior High Performance:
Sydney McEachern - Springers

 

 

Congratulations to Sheena Reed of Flinty's Gymnastics who won the Vince Leah Memorial Award - Active Start/Fundamentals presented by Coaching Manitoba.

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Other Coaches recognized:

Years of Service:

Valerie Nuytten, Laura Ealing, Sheila Stoyanowski

       

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International Coaching:

Helene Desmarais, Robert Persechino, Rachelle Valel and Brooke Merrifield

   

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President’s Report on Edmond Financial Men's MB Open Championships

       

 

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On Sunday April 7th, 2013, Winnipeg Gymnastics Club hosted the Men’s Manitoba Open Championships. It was a full day of competitions involving 11 gymnastic categories and 28 gymnasts. They were from Beginner age 7- 9, to the Provincial 6 Level. All gymnasts who competed have their scores posted on the MGA web-site.

 I attended the all-day event and had an opportunity to speak with a couple of proud parents. They were very excited over the progress of their sons and wanted to share the experience. I was encouraged by their enthusiasm and assured them that Manitoba Gymnastics was working hard to strengthen the program in the province. I made mention of our Executive Director, Kathy Stoesz, her years of experience, her second to none expertise in the sport and her dedication to gymnastics.       

Congratulations go out to all gymnasts who presented their talents to parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends. I also wish to congratulate those gymnasts who were chosen to represent Manitoba at Westerns and Canadians. We now look forward to Westerns as our province prepares for this huge event which will be held in Winnipeg on May 2nd to May 4th.   

 A big thank-you goes out to Celia Champion, her staff and volunteers who were ever so present throughout the day. They did an awesome job in ensuring that the competition ran flawlessly. Thank you to Winnipeg Gymnastics Club for the invitation and the honour of handing out awards. I take this opportunity to recognize everyone’s hard work and commitment to the sport.   Best wishes and good luck to those attending Westerns and Canadians.  

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Group Regional Provincial Championships

at Springers Gymnastics

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On the weekend of March 15th to 17th, 2013, Springers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Group Provincial Championships. It was 3 days of exciting and fast-paced competitions. I attended Friday evening and all day Saturday. Deb Taylor, Kendra Fredricksen, Kelcie Chiswell and the rest of the Springers staff and volunteers demonstrated their talents in organizing a competition that ran flawlessly.         

All gymnasts who attended the event and competed have their names and scores posted on the MGA web-site. Congratulations go out to all gymnasts who won awards in their levels. I also wish to congratulate those who have worked diligently and have improved greatly over the season. We now move forward and prepare for the Manitoba Open which will be held in mid-April.  

I enjoyed my time taking photos and speaking with judges, coaches, gymnasts and parents. I’m always impressed by the positive comments that are expressed by all.  Thank you to Springers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of handing out awards. Credit for the success of this event goes to the gymnasts, coaches, judges, volunteers, and not least, the parents. I take this opportunity to recognize everyone’s hard work and commitment to the sport.   

Best wishes to all for a wonderful finish to the season. 

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

KYLE SHEWFELT GYMFEST MEDAL WINNERS

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 Manitoba Gymnastics Clubs sent a large contingent to the Kyle Shewfelt Gymfest, March 15-17 in Calgary and came home with 37 medals for their performances at the competition. The Men’s Program had an outstanding winner in Alex Tiaglei from the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, who won 1st All Around and 5 medals.  The following gymnasts were medal winners: 

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Men’s Program: all from Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre

Level 1 Under 8:  

Alex Tiaglei, 1st All Around, 1st Pommel Horse, 1st Parallel Bars, 3rd High Bar, 3rd Vault

Level 3:  

Davey Boschmann, 3rd Pommel Horse

Alex Cormier, 2nd Pommel Horse

Level 4:   

Raymond Bautista , 2nd Floor, 3rd Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar and 3rd All Around

Mac Neumann, 2nd Rings

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Women’s Program:

Senior High Performance:            

Tegan Turner, Springers Gym Club – 2nd Vault

National Novice:             

Danika Duncan, Fantastic, 3rd Vault, 3rd Uneven Bars

National Open:                

Madeleine Arbuckle, Springers, 3rd Vault

Pre-Novice Elite:              

Taya Niessen, Springers, 1st Uneven Bars, 3rd Beam, 3rd All Around

Pre-Novice Aspire:          

Julie Sorin, Panthers, 3rd Uneven Bars, 3rd All Around

Provincial 5 Open:           

Ashlyn Erickson, Springers, 1st Vault, Floor Exercise and All Around, 2nd Beam;

Ashley Jolicoeur, Springers, 2nd Floor Exercise, 3rd Beam

Provincial 5 Novice:        

Cristina Doyle, Springers, 2nd Vault

Provincial 5 Tyro:             

Stephanie Clarkson, Springers, 3rd Floor Exercise

Keanna Ponce, Springers, 1st Vault

Provincial 4 Open:           

Maia Thomlinson, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, 2nd Beam

Lydia Barsalou, Springers, 1st Vault

Provincial 4 Novice:        

Carina Peinert-Schulze, Panthers, 3rd Floor Exercise

Provincial 3 Open:           

Nerisse Martinuk, Springers, 3rd Uneven Bars

Provincial 3 Tyro:             

Cayla Gauthier, Panthers, 3rd Beam

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Congratulations to all gymnasts who attended Gymnix Invitational March 9-10, 2013 in Montreal.

Results are as follows:

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Panthers:

National Open 1B:

Tristyn Sitarz- 2nd AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 4th on BB and FX

National Novice:

Sydney Alexander   - 3rd AA, 1st FX, 2nd V, and 6th UB.

P5 Tyro:

Amy Hryshko - 5th AA and 3rd on Vault

Amelie Boissoneault   - 9th AA, 2nd BB, 2nd FX

Marielle Roy  - 7th AA and 4th UB

Pre-Novice Aspire:

Julie Sorin - 3rd AA, 2nd FX

Nicole Gobert - 5th AA, 2nd UB

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Springers:

Sydney McEachern - 7th AA, 3rd V and 7th FX in preliminaries; 10th FX final in the Challenge Cup.

National Open 1A:

Natalie Gervias - 3rd AA, 1st FX, 3rd UB

Tegan Turner 13th AA, 2nd Vault

Molly Oswald - 15th AA

P5 Open:

Signey Styles - 2nd AA, 1st BB, 3rd FX

P5 Novice:

Paige Kent - 1st AA, 1st BB, 2nd FX, 3rd V and UB

P5 Tyro:

Keanna Ponce - 2nd AA, 2nd V, UB, FX, 3rd BB

Stephanie Clarkson - 8th AA, 5th BB

Pre-Novice Elite:

Tayan Niessen - 14th AA

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Brandon Eagles:

Isabela Onyshko - 10th AA, Final BB 10th in Challenge Cup

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Tristyn Sitarz

      Sydney Alexander

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Amy Hryshko, Marielle Roy, Amelie Boissoneault

Signey Styles and Paige Kent

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Isabela Onyshko - Photo by Grace Chiu

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Congratulations to the following gymnasts who qualified for the Canadian High Performance Program

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Sydney McEachern - Springers and Emily Blackner - Panthers - Senior High Performance

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Isabela Onyshko - Brandon Eagles - Junior High Performance

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Sydney Alexander - Panthers - Novice High Performance

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President’s Report on Beausejour Elites Regional Stream Championships 

March 9-10, 2013

                

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The Beausejour Elites Competition was held at the Edward Schreyer High School on March 9th and 10th, 2013. I only attended on Saturday, however a total of 166 gymnasts competed at the Regional P1 and P2 (a) and (b) levels over two days. It was an opportunity for gymnasts to identify their standing amongst other provincial gymnasts. Excellent performances were on display and I had a chance to witness participation by 11 women’s clubs from our province.

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 In attendance on Saturday were: Gimli Flyers, Panthers, Selkirk Selects, Southeast Royals, Southport Sapphires, Springers, St. Andrew’s, Steinbach Flippers, Thompson Tumblers, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, and the host club, Beausejour Elites.

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 It was a marvellous day of competition. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends came to the sessions and showed their support for their favorites and the clubs. Each session ended with gymnasts receiving a hot meal served up by the volunteers. The athletes waited anxiously as individual scores were tabulated, posted and awards were handed out.   

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Head coach, Lara McLeod, her coaching staff and volunteers ran the Saturday meet flawlessly. I was kept busy trying to capture the perfect photo as the sessions flowed one into the other.   In closing, I would like to thank Elites Gym Club for the invitation and Lara McLeod for all her help in sorting out my day. Finally thank you to all the coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers, parents, and others for an enjoyable day.  

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

President’s Report

Keystone Kips Invitational Competition

March 2-3, 2013

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The Keystone Kips Invitational Competition was held on March 2nd and 3rd, 2013. This two-day meet provided regional clubs an opportunity to compete within the province. I visited for the full day on Saturday, March 2nd.

In speaking with head coach Karly Miller, she stated that some 266 gymnasts were to compete in the two-day event. The clubs in attendance on Saturday were: Beausejour, Brandon, GymKids, Morden, Panthers, Selkirk, Silhouettes, Springers, Steinbach Flippers, Winnipeg Gymnastics Center, one independent gymnast and the host club, Keystone Kips. 

The organizing committee was comprised of Jane Turkula, Karly Miller, Tara Turkula, Tracy Hildebrand, and Stephen Moffat. Medals and ribbons were done up in Kips colours, Pink and Black, and gymnasts absolutely loved them. Jane and Karly along with the coaching staff and volunteers did an incredible job of running this very successful meet. This was my third visit to the Keystone Kips Club.

I would like to thank Keystone Kips Gym Club for the invitation and the opportunity to hand out awards.

Finally, thank you to all the coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers and parent spectators for an incredible day. It was my pleasure to attend.    

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

 

President’s Report on

Fantastic Invitational

February 22-24, 2013  

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On Saturday, February 23rd, I attended Fantastic Gymnastics’ Regional and Provincial Stream Invitational meet. The afternoon competition was attended by 4 clubs: Steinbach Flippers, The Mat Cats from Red Lake Ontario, Springers Gym Club, Panthers Gym Club and the host club, Fantastic Gymnastics.

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Thirty-four gymnasts competed at the Provincial 1 & 2 levels. It was a packed house with many enthusiastic parents and supportive spectators. The event ran smoothly, scores were posted and awards were handed out.  Parents, spectators and gymnasts were treated to a closing display of the host club’s Aerials Cheerleading Team. A good time was had by all.  

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Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

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Ellie Black and David Kikuchi at

Provincial Team Trainings

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David Kikuchi, a two time Olympian and Ellie Black, Canadian Olympic Team Member in 2012 and Vault Finalist, worked with the Women's Provincial Team February 11-13 at Springers and Panthers Gyms.

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David Kikuchi Leads

Men's Provincial Team Training

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David Kikuchi, a two time Olympian and coach of Ellie Black, Canadian Olympic Team Member in 2012 and Vault Finalist, worked with the Men's Provincial Team on Monday February 11th.

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Excellent Results at Women's Elite Canada!

Congratulations to all the gymnasts and coaches who attended Elite Canada, February 6-10, 2013.

Results are as follows:

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Novice:
Sydney Alexander, Panthers: Day 1: 8th V; 21st UB; 8th BB; 12th FX; 9th AA; Day 2: 12th V; 23rd UB; 20th BB; 4th FX; 14th AA

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Junior:

Isabela Onyshko, Brandon Eagles: Day 1: V 13th T; UB 2nd; BB 8th T; FX 8th T; AA 5th; Day 2: UB 5th; BB 7th

Emma Leipsic, Panthers: Day 1 V 3rd; UB 18th; BB 17th; FX 21st; AA 22nd; Day 2: V 8th

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Senior:

Tegan Turner, Springers: V 8th; BB 18th; FX 11th;

Day 2: V 6th

Sydney McEachern, Springers: V 11th; UB 8th; BB 16th; FX 13th; AA 11th; Day 2: UB 8th

Emily Blackner, Panthers: V 16th; UB 12th; BB 10th; FX 9th; AA 12th

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All results can be found at: 

Elite Canada 2013 Results

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President’s Report on Steinbach Invitational December 9, 2012

 

   

 

On Sunday, December 9th, Steinbach Flippers hosted their Invitational meet. The Men’s Regional Stream competition was attended by 28 gymnasts from 3 clubs. In attendance were: St Andrew’s Gymnastics Club, Winnipeg Gymnastics Center and the host club, Flippers Gymnastics.

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Twenty-eight gymnasts competed at the Beginner to Advanced 11 levels and Provincial 1 to Provincial 6 levels.  It was an almost full day of events with parents and spectators enthusiastically viewing and supporting their favorites. Scores were tabulated and awards were handed out. As usual, head coach, Bonita Martens, her assistant, coaching staff and the volunteers did a wonderful job of organizing and running a successful meet.  It was an honour to be asked to hand out medals at the awards ceremonies. I enjoyed watching the anticipation on the young gymnasts’ faces as they wondered if they achieved their goals. Coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers and parents are a huge part of events such as this; I wish to take this occasion to recognize their efforts and commitment to the sport. 

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Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

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Kathy Stoesz to represent Canada at the Intercontinental Judging Course

in Bratislava, CZE

December 11 - 18, 2012

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Kathy expenses were generously covered by Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique and Sport Manitoba. This course will certify Kathy as a F.I.G. Brevet Judge. 4 judges from Canada are attending.

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Massilia International Competition

Marseille, France

November 17-18, 2012

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Sydney McEachern and Natalie Gervais

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Springers Open team 10th place

Natalie Gervais - 9th Beam, 33rd AA/54Competitors

Sydney McEachern - 12th vault, 11th floor, 29th AA

Emily  Blackner 39 AA

Massigalia (young hopefuls)

Sydney Alexander 7th AA /17; 4th Team

 

Sydney Alexander and Emily Blackner

Success in France at Combs Invitational

November 9-11, 2012

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In the espoir competition for 10-12 year-old gymnasts Sydney Alexander 2nd AA

Five-country Junior international gymnastics meet

Emily Blackner - 4th Beam Finals

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Emily Blackner

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Photos by: Damien

LECATELIER

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Celia Champion Travels to Thompson

to give a Coaching Clinic

October 2-4, 2012

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      Thompson's new facility.

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The training was a huge success. We have improved all of our programs, from how the gymnasts train, to giving the gymnasts a break, and even giving the junior coaches a break on rec night. She gave the gymnasts information on nutrition.

Celia showed the coaches how to break down some of the basics even further. We saw so much positive improvement in the short time she was here. Thanks so much to Coaching MB and MGA for the support!

Kim Kornelsen

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Summer Northern Tour

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Gymkyds Gymnastics along with Manitoba Gymnastics organized Gymnastics workshops between July 10 – August 1 for children ages 3 and up in the following communities:

Flin Flon (45), Snow Lake (30), Churchill (30), Gillam (35), Leaf Rapids (15) , Swan River (35) , Gimli (35), Ericksdale (15), Fisher Branch (20), Ashern (20) and Lundar (15).

The response was overwhelming in each community. The children as well as parents were so excited to be offered a program and a sport in which their children do not normally have the opportunity to participate.

With close to 300 children participating in the workshops throughout the communities, it is clear that there is a definite interest in Gymnastic and physical activity. Many of these communities would be interested in running their own programs, but lack the coaching experience needed to start a program. However, upon completion of the summer workshops, 3 communities are now seriously exploring the possibility of starting a program.

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President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Group Provincial Championships at Springers Gymnastics

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On the weekend of June 3rd, 2012, Springers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Group Provincial Championships, the last championship meet of the year. It was an exciting day of competitions. Deb Taylor, Peter Grozdanovic, Kendra Fredricksen, Brooke Johnson, Rachelle Valel, the rest of the Springers staff and volunteers displayed their talents in organizing a competition that ran without a hitch.

    

All gymnasts who attended the competition have their names and scores posted on the MGA web-site. I wish to recognize our all-around winners in the various categories of this provincial meet.  Provincial one: Argo: Mikaela Perron, PanthersTyro: Hayley Turner, Brandon Eagles Provincial two: Argo: Cayla Gauthier, PanthersTyro: Ashlyn Delaquis, Panthers Novice: Ashleigh Janis, Winnipeg Gymnastics Provincial three: Argo: Quinn Skurpa, Brandon Eagles; Tyro: Shea Taylor, Brandon Eagles Novice: Charlot Butler, Brandon Eagles Open: Sophia Mercier, Fantastic  Provincial four:Tyro: Alyssa Gauthier, Panthers Open: Lydia Barsalou, Springers  Novice: Cristina Doyle, Springers. 

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Congratulations go out to all gymnasts as they now have a very well deserved break before the next season of competitions begins.

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As I walked around and chatted with coaches and judges, a familiar saying was reiterated, many laughingly chanting “See you at Christmas!” My take from talking with coaches especially, was that they were ready to take the time to reflect on this year’s successes and to prepare for the summer sessions and upgrade their skills. I might add that Deb Taylor who promised everyone a BBQ, rain or shine, can make one mean hamburger.     

  

 I would like to thank Springers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of handing out awards. Credit for the success of this event starts with the gymnasts, coaches, judges, volunteers and not least, the parents.

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I take this opportunity to recognize everyone’s hard work and commitment to the sport.   

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With best wishes for a wonderful summer, 

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAM AT CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REGINA!

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Women's Open Team: 4th

Natalie Gervais, Sydney McEachern,Ryann Lewis, Madeleine Arbuckle,

Tegan Turner, Brenley Toffan,Isabela Onyshko, Meghan Boulanger

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Women's Open 16+:  

Natalie Gervais - Bronze Medal Beam; 7th FX; 4th All Around

Sydney McEachern - 11th All Around

Ryann Lewis - 14th All Around; 7th UB

Madeleine Arbuckle - 21st All Around; 4th T Vault

Tegan Turner - 26th All Around; 4th T Vault; 8th Floor

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Women's Open 13-15:

Isabela Onyshko - 7th Vault; 7th Uneven Bars; Silver Medal Beam; 4th Floor; 4th All Around

Meghan Boulanger - 15th All Around

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Women's Novice:

Sydney Alexander - 16th All Around

Alia Ross - 21st All Around

Bailee Rochon - 24th All Around

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High Performance Senior:

Sarah Flett - 7th Vault; 7th Floor; 15th All Around

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High Performance Junior:

Emily Blackner - 4th Uneven Bars

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Men's Open:

Ian Kielly - 23rd All Around

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President’s Report

on Canadian Championships 2012

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The Canadian National Championships were held in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 22nd to May 26th. Having attended the 2007 Canadians in Regina at Evraz Place, I found the facility had changed. Adjoining the multiplex were two additional ice rinks that athletes used for training. This new facility provided quick access to the competition floor. Live streaming was available on the web and inside for spectators to view all the proceedings.

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Even though gymnast accommodations were at the University of Regina and at some distance from Evraz Place, buses provided good transportation to and from the venue. They were scheduled on 15 minute rotations and it worked well, except for one day when Prince Charles’s convoy closed down the main streets used by our buses. It was a temporary measure and in no way affected the meet.   In total, 14 gymnasts participated. Team Manitoba focused on their game and in the end came home with two well-deserved medals.     

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The Women’s National Open team placed 4th (check MGA site for all the results) and two women gymnasts won individual awards. Isabela Onyshko won a Silver Medal on Beam and Natalie Gervais received a Bronze Medal on Beam. Ian Kielly our only male athlete placed 23rd All Around.  Congratulations to all the gymnasts, coaches and judges for their hard work and success at Canadians. As Chef the Mission/Manager, I was pleased with the results and thankful that there  were no injuries.

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I wish to thank Saskatchewan Chairperson Klara Miller, Delegate Services Cheryl Russell and the organizing staff for putting on an excellent meet and for their attention to our needs.

Lawrence Oystryk                                                                                                               President, MGA  

 

2012 WESTERN CANADA CUP

EDMONTON, AB

May 10-13, 2012

RESULTS

Kelsey Hak  won a Gold in Level A Double Mini Trampoline

Year 92 - 98 and a Bronze in Level A Trampoline.Melissa Clark won a Silver in Level A Tumbling and 8th in Level A Double Mini Trampoline 92-98. Valerie Beynon won a Bronze in Level A Tumbling and 8th in Level B Trampoline 91-98. Kelsey Berkowski won a 5th in Level A Double Mini Trampoline 92-98. Astrid Cox finished 7th place in Level A Trampoline. Sarah Chan finished 10th in Level A Trampoline and 7th in Level A Double MiniTrampoline 92-98. Emma Isaacs placed 7th in Level B Double MiniTrampoline 91-98. Victoria Byrka placed 6th in Level B Double MiniTrampoline 91-98. All team members are from Panthers Gymnastics.

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Team MB Bronze Tumbling All Around.

Congratulations Team Manitoba!!

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President’s Report on Western Canadians 2012

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Westerns were held in Langley B.C. from May 2nd to May 6th. Board member Kendra Fredricksen and Coach Debra Duncan attended as Team Managers. From start to finish Team Manitoba gymnasts were focused on their game and well-disciplined throughout the meet.

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The Langley facility was second to none. Having attended many such competitions, I found this site to top the list with its live streaming on the web and in its organization. The facility provided a great venue for all gymnastics events and the floor lighting was phenomenal. I was totally impressed.

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The Women’s National Open team won gold and several women gymnasts won individual awards. The men’s team had one gold placement and two fourth place finishes. Considering our small contingent of men gymnasts, they fared very well. In the end I was pleased with the results and that no injuries occurred in either camp. 

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Congratulations to all the gymnasts, coaches and judges for their hard work and success at Westerns. I wish to take this opportunity to personally thank the managers, Ms. Duncan and Ms. Fredricksen for managing such a large group. A vigilant eye was kept over some 40 plus competitors as they traveled to and from the competition site and back home again by bus and plane. Both Kendra and Debra took their jobs seriously and made sure that all gymnasts were safe at all times.

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I wish to thank B.C. Technical Director, Andrée Montreuil, and her organizing staff for all their help and attention to our needs.

Finally thanks to Kathy Stoesz, our Executive Director, for staying in touch with Team Manitoba while we were on the road.          

Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

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16 MEDALS WON AT THE 2012 WESTERN

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CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Manitoba Gymnastics Team returns from the Western Canadian Championships in Langley, BC with 16 medals in hand. 

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Natalie Gervais of the Springers Gymnastics Club earned 4 of those medals. Natalie was on the National Open Team which captured Gold, Natalie won Silver All Around, Silver on Balance Beam and a Bronze on Uneven Bars. Her team mates Tegan Turner and Sydney McEachern tied for a Bronze medal on Vault and Tegan also won a Bronze medal on Floor. The National Open Team members who won gold are: Natalie Gervais, Tegan Turner, Sydney McEachern, Madeleine Arbuckle, Brenley Toffan all from Springers, Ryann Lewis from Brandon Eagles and Meghan Boulanger from Fantastic Gymnastics.

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The Pre-Novice Aspire Team won a silver medal led by Keanna Ponce of Springers Gymnastics who won Gold All Around and Gold on Vault. Other Team members are: Stephanie Clarkson also from Springers who won Silver on Vault and Marielle Roy from Panthers who won Bronze on Uneven Bars, Amelie Boissonneault of Panthers and Taya Niessen of Springers. The Pre-Novice Elite Team won a Bronze medal. Team members are: Danika Duncan of Fantastic Gymnastics and Amy Hryshko of Panthers.

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In the Provincial category Peyton Gale of Brandon Eagles won a Gold medal on Vault and Paige Kent of Springers won a Silver Medal on Uneven Bars.

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In the Men’s Program, Ian Kielly of the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre placed 4th All Around and won a Gold Medal on Parallel Bars. Qayum Hassani of Fantastic Gymnastics placed 4th on Vault in the Event Finals.

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Western Canadians was an excellent preparation for the Team members travelling to Canadian Championships in Regina, May 21-27. 

 

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President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships and T and T Championships

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On the weekend of April 13th to 15th, 2012, Panthers Gymnastics Club hosted the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships and Trampoline and Tumbling Championships. When it was all over the Trampoline and Tumbling gymnasts were selected to represent Manitoba at the Western Canada Cup T and T Championships which will be held on May 11th to 13th in Edmonton, AB. At the same time Artistic gymnasts were selected to represent Manitoba at Westerns to be held on May 2nd to 6th in Langley, BC. At this weekend’s Manitoba Open the selection committee also chose the gymnasts who will represent Manitoba at the Canadian Championships being held in our neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, in Regina on May 20th to 27th.

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All gymnasts who were successful at the competition have their names posted on the MGA web-site.

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It was an exciting 3 days during which I attended Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday. Sandra Grevstad, Jody Smith, Panthers’ staff and steadfast volunteers showed their ability to hold a structured competition that ran like clockwork.     

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I would like to thank Panthers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards. Thank you to MacKenzie Alexander, Amelie Boissonneault, Emily Breton, Ashlyn Delaquis, Lexi Desjarlais, Cayla Gauthier and Nikki Gobert for assisting me during the many award ceremonies which were held throughout the weekend. Credit for the success of this event goes to the coaches, judges, gymnasts and volunteers who make it happen; On behalf of the MGA, I take this opportunity to recognize their hard work and commitment to the sport. 

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Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

EDMOND FINANCIAL WOMEN’S MANITOBA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

AND TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

APRIL 13 -15, 2012

 

The Panthers Gymnastics Club held a very successful Manitoba Opens Championships this past weekend.

The following gymnasts were selected to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Championships May 20-27, Regina, SK

Senior High Performance: Sarah Flett - Springer Gymnastics

Junior High Performance: Emily Blackner - Panthers Gymnastics

National Open:

Sydney McEachern, Natalie Gervais, Tegan Turner, Madeleine Arbuckle, Brenley Toffan – Springers Gymnastics

Meghan Boulanger – Fantastic Gymnastics

Ryann Lewis, Isabela Onyshko – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics

National Novice:

Sydney Alexander – Panthers Gymnastics

Bailee Rochon – Springers Gymnastics

Alia Ross - Fantastic Gymnastics

 

The following gymnasts were selected to represent Manitoba at the Western Canadian Championships May 2-6, Langley, BC

National Open:

Sydney McEachern, Natalie Gervais, Tegan Turner, Madeleine Arbuckle, Brenley Toffan – Springers Gymnastics

Meghan Boulanger – Fantastic Gymnastics

Ryann Lewis – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics

National Novice:

Sydney Alexander – Panthers Gymnastics

Bailee Rochon – Springers Gymnastics

Alia Ross  - Fantastic Gymnastics

Pre Novice:

Amelie Boissonneault, Amy Hryshko, Marielle Roy - Panthers

Stephanie Clarkson, Keanna Ponce, Taya Niessen - Springers

Maxine Sanders, Danika Duncan – Fantastic

Provincial 5 Tyro:

Paige Kent - Springers

Catherine Robert – Panthers

Provincial 5 Novice:

Ashlen Radics – Brandon Eagles

Signey Styles - Springers

Kally Berard, Laura Cartlidge, Vanessa Daniel - Panthers

Provincial 5 Open:

Molly Oswald - Springers

Peyton Gale, Paige McLeod – Brandon Eagles

Lauren Jackman, Emily MacDonald - Panthers

 

The following gymnasts were selected to represent Manitoba at the Western Canada Cup Trampoline and Tumbling Championships (May 11 -13, Edmonton, AB):

All from Panthers Gymnastics:

Sarah Chan, Kelsey Hak, Astrid Cox, Kelsey Berkowski, Valerie Beynon, Aimee Ayre, Melissa Clark, Victoria Byrka

The overall winners at the weekend competition including the Crocus Invitational are:

Provincial 1:   Argo: Mikaela Perron – Panthers; Tyro/Novice: Hanna Dutka – Fantastic

Provincial 2:   Argo: Cayla Gauthier - Panthers; Tyro: Ashlyn Delaquis- Panthers; Novice: Abby Fontaine – Thunder Bay; Open: Valerie Dacey - Thunder Bay

Provincial 3:   Argo: Jordyn Galloway – Springers; Tyro: Alyssa Gauthier - Panthers; Novice: Kadesha Ross - Fantastic; Open: Sophia Mercier - Fantastic

Provincial 4:   Tyro: Mia Danis – Springers; Novice/Open: Cristina Doyle - Springers

Provincial 5:    Tyro: Paige Kent – Springers; Novice: Aslen Radics- Brandon Eagles; Open: Molly Oswald - Springers

Pre Novice Aspire:      Amelie Boissonneault - Panthers

Pre-Novice Elite:         Danika Duncan – Fantastic

National Novice:         Sydney Alexander - Panthers

National Open:           Sydney McEachern – Springers

Senior High Performance:     Sarah Flett  - Springer Gymnastics

Junior High Performance:      Emily Blackner - Panthers Gymnastics

Trampoline:    A: Sarah Chan B: Valerie Beynon - Panthers

Tumbling:       A: Valerie Beynon; B: Kelsey Berkowski; D: Astrid Cox - Panthers

Double Mini Trampoline: A: Sarah Chan; B: Aimee Ayre – Panthers

Trampoline and Tumbling

Elite Canada and Alberta Provincials  

Airdrie, AB April

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Panthers Team Members with Rosie MacLennan and

Karen Cockburn

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Results:

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Kelsey Berkowski: 4th in Level A Trampoline

Valerie Beynon: 2nd in Level A Tumbling, 5th in Level B Double mini, 10th in Level B Trampoline

Sarah Chan: 3rd place in Level A Trampoline, 5th place in Level A Double mini

Astrid Cox: 4th place in Level D Tumbling 

Kelsey Hak: 7th place in Level A Trampoline, 9th place in Level A Double mini

Emma Isaacs: 6th place in Level B Double mini

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President’s Report on Beausejour Elites Regional Stream Provincial Championships        

 

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The Beausejour Elites Competition was held at the Edward Schreyer High School on March 30th to April 1st, 2012. The three-day event was an opportunity for spectators to be treated to excellent performances by the women’s 21 clubs in the province.

 I attended on Saturday when a total of 158 gymnasts competed at the I to AO levels.  Clubs in attendance were: Brandon Eagles, Crescentwood, Flin Flon Finty’s, GymKids, Keystone Kips, Morden Magic’s, Neepawa Novas, Panthers, Selkirk Selects, Silhouettes, Southeast Royals, Southport Saphires, Springers, St. Andrews, Steinbach Flippers, Swan Valley, Thompson Tumblers, Turtle Mountain Twisters, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, and the host club, Beausejour Elites.

It was a full day of competition, two Trampoline and Tumbling demonstrations and great food prepared by a local Executive Chef, whose daughter used to be a gymnast. Parents, grandparents, friends, and others showed their support for all the clubs, but eventually the focus turned to their favorite. At the end of each event, individual scores were posted and awards were handed out.   Head coach, Lara McLeod, her coaching staff and volunteers ran the Saturday meet without a hitch. This was the one time I didn’t have an occasion to speak with parents. It was a jam packed day and I was busy trying to capture the perfect photo as the sessions continued to flow one into the other.   In closing, I would like to thank Elites Gym Club for the invitation and Lara McLeod for giving me the honour of handing out awards. Finally thanks to all the coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers, parents, and others for an enjoyable day. It was a real pleasure to be part of the proceedings.     

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

KYLE SHEWFELT GYMFEST

CALGARY, AB

MARCH 23-25, 2012

Several Manitoba gymnasts attended the Kyle Shewfelt Gymfest in Calgary, AB this past weekend. Kyle Shewfelt won the Gold medal on Floor at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first ever by a Canadian in his sport and now is host to this annual event.  This competition is an excellent warm up for the Manitoba Open Championships coming up April 14 -15th at Panthers Gymnastics.

Medalists from Manitoba are as follows:

Springers Gymnastics Club:

 

Natalie Gervais             Senior AA and Beam Gold and Silver                                        on Floor

Sydney McEachern      Senior AA Bronze and Silver on Vault

Tegan Turner                Open category - Gold AA

Madeleine Arbuckle      Open Silver AA and Gold on Vault.

Brenley Toffan              Open Silver UB

Paige Kent                   Provincial 5 Tyro Silver AA

Stephanie Clarkson       Pre-novice Aspire Silver AA

Bailee Rochon              Provincial 5 Novice Silver on                                                   Vault and Uneven Bars

Taya Niessen               Pre-Novice Aspire Gold onBeam

Keanna Ponce              Pre-Novice Aspire Gold on                                                      Vault, Silver on Uneven Bars

Mia Danis                     Provincial 4 Tyro Silver on                                                       Floor, Bronze on Vault

Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre:

Madeline Mainz              Provincial 1 Tyro Bronze on                                                     Beam and Floor

Ashleigh Janis               Provincial 2 Novice Silver                                                         Vault

Brandon Eagles Gymnastics Club:

Charlot Butler                 Provincial 3 Novice Gold on Vault

Quinn Skrupa                 Provincial 3 Argo Silver AA                                                     Gold on Uneven Bars and                                                      Beam; Silver on Floor

Brooke Bradshaw           Provincial 3 Tyro Silver on                                                       Balance Beam

Panthers Gymnastics Club:

Alyssa Gauthier             Provincial 3 Tyro Gold on Vault

Catherine Robert             Provincial 4 Tyro Bronze AA                                                    Uneven Bars, Beam and Floor

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President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Men's Manitoba Open and Regional Stream Provincial Championships

 

      

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The Manitoba Open held on Sunday, March 11th in Steinbach, was hosted by the Flippers Gym Club and sponsored by Edmond Financial Group. The Flippers divided the day between the Men’s Manitoba Open in the morning and the Regional Stream Provincial Championships in the afternoon.

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A total of 22 gymnasts competed at the Provincial 2 to Provincial 6 levels at the MB Open. This category took in groups from 9 to 16 years of age. The afternoon competition consisted of Regional Stream gymnasts from beginner to the Provincial 1 level. This group consisted of boys 6 to 12 years of age.

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Clubs in attendance were: Fantastic Gymnastics, Selkirk Selects, Turtle Mountain Gymnastics, Winnipeg Gymnastics and the host club, Flippers.

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It was a full day of events cut by one hour of sleep as Daylight Savings Time kicked in. However parents and spectators enthusiastically supported their favorites by cheering and clapping. When both events ended, scores were tabulated and awards were handed out. Head coach, Bonita Martens, her coaching staff and the volunteers did an incredible job of running the meet. 

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In closing, I would like to thank Kim Reimer and Rhonda Favreau for being my assistants during the two awards ceremonies. Coaches, judges, gymnasts and volunteers are a huge part of any event; I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the sport. 

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Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

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EDMOND FINANCIAL MEN’S MANITOBA OPEN AND

REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS A SUCCESS

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This past weekend at the Edmond Financial Men’s Manitoba Open the boys who will represent MB at the Western Canadian Championships May 2-6th in Langley, BC were selected.

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The Team is comprised of:

National Open:

Qayum Hassani and Fahim Hassani     Fantastic Gymnastics

Ian Kielly                                             Winnipeg Gymnastics

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Provincial 4:

Cassius Gentle                        Winnipeg Gymnastics

Jeremie Gregoire                      Winnipeg Gymnastics

Sam Wenham                          Fantastic

Paul Eros                                 Fantastic

Raymond Baustista                   Winnipeg Gymnastics

Emanuel Koshevatsky               Winnipeg Gymnastics

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Congratulations are extended to the following winners of each level in the Manitoba Open Championships: 

Regional Beg Age 6-9                 Austin Clegg     Selkirk

Regional Beg Age 11-12             Josh Bercier      Steinbach

Regional Adv Age 12                  Iwan Levin       Turtle Mountain Provincial 1 Age 6-9     Andrew Nepomyashchyy  Wpg.Gym

Provincial 1 Age 10-12                Liam Krahenbill  Wpg. Gym

Provincial 2 Age 9                      Keaton Savard    Steinbach

Provincial 2 Age 10-12                Cole Hutchison   Wpg. Gym Provincial 2 Age 14+                  Sean Wilson       Selkirk

Provincial 3 Age 10                    Mac Neumann     Wpg. Gym

Provincial 4                               Cassius Gentle    Wpg. Gym

Provincial 6                               Qayum Hassani    Fantastic

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President’s Report on Selkirk Selects Invitational

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The Selkirk Selects Invitational Competition was held at the Selkirk Junior High School on March 3rd and 4th, 2012. The two-day meet provided girl gymnasts an opportunity to compete with various clubs throughout the province.

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I attended on Sunday when a total of 57 gymnasts competed at the Advanced and Advanced Optional levels. Clubs in attendance were: Brandon Eagles, Crescentwood, Keystone Kips, Silhouettes, Springers, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre, and the host club, Selkirk Selects.

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It was a full day of events with parents and grandparents enthusiastically focusing on their favorites. At the end of each event, gymnasts’ individual scores were posted and awards handed out to the winners. 

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The Selkirk Selects train in their own building at 965 Main Street, but the competition was held in a high school gymnasium because they needed extra space and to accommodate spectators. Parents were very supportive in set-up and take down of the equipment.

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Head coach, Karen Gutknecht, her coaching staff and volunteers did an incredible job of running the meet. In speaking with a parent volunteer at the end of the day, he had nothing but praise for Karen and her coaching staff. In turn Karen praised the parents for their profound loyalty to gymnastics.  

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In closing, I would like to thank Jennifer Roman for being my assistant during the Awards ceremony. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank all the coaches, judges, gymnasts, volunteers and parent spectators for an enjoyable day. It was a pleasure to be part of the proceedings.   

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Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

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President’s Report on

Fantastic Gymnastics Competition

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On February 25th and 26th Fantastic Gymnastics held their “That’s Amoré” competition. In total 183 gymnasts participated in the Regional, Provincial, and National sessions.

One hundred girls competed at the Regional session in the Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Advanced-Optional levels. Another sixty girls competed in Provincial 1 to 4 levels. Two girls competed in the Pre-Novice Aspire level and two girls competed at the Elite level. Only one girl competed at the National level. Three boys competed at the Regional level and another thirteen boys participated in the Provincial 1 to 6 levels. Clubs that were present were as follows: Steinbach Flippers, Panthers, Springers, Brandon Eagles, Thompson Tumblers and Fantastic.

In closing, I wish to thank Linda Mercier, Debra Duncan, Brenda Heard and the Fantastic Gym Club for their hospitality. Thank you to all the clubs, coaches, athletes and judges, without you, competitions would simply not exist. I enjoyed the hospitality and conversation with everyone involved. 

Lawrence Oystryk

MGA President

 

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Women's Elite Canada 2012

Congratulations to:

Sydney McEachern, Sarah Flett of Springers and Emily Blackner of Panthers who competed at Elite Canada

in Mississauga February 18-19.

Sarah qualified for Vault Finals in Senior High Performance and placed 5th. Emily qualified for UB Finals in Junior

High Performance and tied for 4th.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO SARAH FLETT!

Sarah has been named a recipient of the

Sport Manitoba Women To Watch

grant for the 2011-2012

1st grant submission.

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President's Report on

Panthers Snowflake Classic

January 20 - 22, 2012

 

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President’s Report on Panthers Snowflake Classic 2012 Competition 

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Robert Pereschino and Helen Desmarais along with all the staff at Panthers did an excellent job in overseeing the 3 day event. Even though I was not able to attend on Sunday, I was told all went smoothly. In total 9 provincial clubs, 3 out of province and one independent gymnast attended the competition:

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Crescentwood, Fantastic, Flippers, GymAdventure, GymKyds,  Keystone Kips, Mat Cats from Red Lake Ont., QCK from Regina, Springers, Thompson Tumblers, WpgGymCenter, one independent gymnast, and the home team, Panthers. There were 340 gymnasts in attendance.

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The competition had 9 separate sessions, from Beginner to National Pre-Novice-Elite; I also had an opportunity to watch one session of tumbling and trampoline. I enjoyed all the sessions immensely and as always I had the luxury of taking photos. I pass on the better pictures to the clubs.

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The viewing gallery, both at the gym level and on the second floor, provided spectators an excellent view of the gymnasts displaying their talents. In speaking to some parents, coaching staff, judges and some of the competitors, all were excited to see how the year was progressing. The parents were most interested in their daughters’ scores and progression in the sport.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my two days at the competition and want to personally thank Robert and Helen for the invitation. I also wish to thank the Panthers staff and parents for organizing an excellent competition.  I’m sure a good time was had by all.

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Lawrence Oystryk

President of MGA

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President’s Report on Brandon’s New Year’s Celebration Competition

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On January 15th I attended The New Year’s Celebration Competition in Brandon. Barb Jones and her crew did a phenomenal job in setting up the facilities and overseeing the day’s events. The competition was attended by 6 provincial clubs: Beausejour Elites, Keystone Kips, Neepawa Novas, Springers, Swan Valley Cheetahs and the home team Brandon Eagles. In total 95 gymnasts displayed their talents.

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There were 3 separate sessions, from Beginner to Advanced Optional, all well attended. The second floor viewing gallery with its bleacher seating arrangement allowed all spectators a perfect view of all four events.

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In speaking with several Brandon Eagles parents they conveyed their excitement at having such a facility in Brandon, a great coaching staff and the ability to compete with other clubs. As one mother put it, “it provides a measuring stick as to where my daughter falls in the realm of gymnastics.”  Many parents were also looking forward to seeing their daughters move up in the ranks of gymnastics.

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I fully enjoyed my day filled with gymnastics and I got to speak with several coaches, judges, parents and gymnasts. I personally want to thank Lorie Henderson, Head Coach for taking care of all the arrangements for my stay. 

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Lawrence Oystryk

President of MGA

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GymKyds Special Olympic Program highlighted on CTV

Congratulations GymKyds !

See link below

GymKyds Special Olympics Program

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Sarah Flett wins Silver on Vault at

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Canadians excel at Elite Gym Massilia

 

MARSEILLE, France – Canadian gymnasts returned home from the Elite Gym Massilia event last weekend with several medals and many outstanding performances adding up to a job well done.

Canadian junior champion Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont. upset Russian star Viktoria Komova to earn the gold medal on floor exercise in her senior international debut in the Master Massilia event on Sunday.

"I've always looked up to her, but it's a completely different feeling to compete and also to beat her," 15-year-old Moors said of Komova, who is currently ranked no. 2 in the world. "I was nervous and I had no expectations."

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President’s Report on Flippers Steinbach

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On October 20th I had the pleasure of visiting Flippers Gym Club in Steinbach. I was met by Rhonda Favreau, who introduced me to the other coaches working that evening and spoke about the club.

The Club came into existence 12 years ago as a non-profit organization to provide quality gymnastics for girls and boys. The Club provides a full range of recreational and competitive gymnastics for ages 2 to adult. They also include programs for home schooled students and special needs children. This is their 3rd year in the new building.

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I was struck by the almost totally white interior. A quonset structure prefabricated with a semicircular roof curving downward to form the walls and attached to a concrete floor. Looking over the vastness of the interior I was told 6,000 square feet were available for training. The club has a 40-foot tumble track, a 15-foot tumble track, a 42-foot rod floor and has just acquired a brand new floor. The front area provides 3 to 4 rows of seating for spectators and a smartly designed low barrier fence to keep non gymnasts from entering the training area. I liked the high ceiling lighting as there were no dark areas and the white interior was not overpowering to the eye. The spring floor and the gymnastic equipment, along with all the mats, provided a color contrast to the brilliant white ceiling.

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Programs taught at the Flippers are: Kinder Kidz program (parent and me, and 2-5 yrs.), Recreation ages 5 and up, Competitive regional stream (boys and girls), Provincial stream (boys and girls); Trampoline and Tumbling, Adult classes, Private and Special needs classes, and open gym. The Head Coach, Bonita Martens, who prefers to be called Beeta, talked about the number of gymnasts, their skill levels and abilities, the equipment used in training, and the coaches who work tirelessly to ensure a good program. I would be amiss not to mention Beeta’s commitment to gymnastics. She has worked very hard for over 14 years to accomplish her dream of coaching youth, so in turn they could focus on their future goals.

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Flippers Coaching staff is made up of many people: Bonita Martens, Head Coach (14 yrs.) - Provincial and Regional boys, Kinder Kidz, Private and Special needs. Rhonda (8 yrs.) - Regional stream - Beginners and Intermediates, and Pre competitive.

Alix (10 yrs. coaching, 4 yrs. judging) - She started training when she was 5, competed until 2 years ago, now coaches the Provincial and Regional girls and is also a Provincial and Regional Judge. She is in charge of all the club’s routines. Alix has her level 2 and is looking forward to starting level 3.

Mikayla (2yrs.) - Regional stream beginners. She really enjoys coaching Recreation and Kinder Kidz. She started gymnastics at age 5 and is still competing.

Leanne (2 yrs. coaching, 3 yrs. judging) - She started gymnastics at age 7, and competed until last year. Leanne coaches Regional Stream Beginners, Pre-Competitive Boys and Recreation.

Des (4 yrs.) - She coaches Rec. and Kinder Kidz.

Kristy (3 yrs.) - She competed with Flippers and Premier gymnastics.

Vanessa (2 yrs.) – She coaches Recreation and Boys programs. Camille (first year) - She is the Club’s junior coach.

Tiana (first year) – She coaches pre-competitive gymnasts.

Shayna (first year) – She started when she was 5, and still competes. She coaches junior level.

Zach (3yrs. coaching and first year junior judge) – He started gymnastics at age 4, competed at the Provincial level, and presently is a junior level coach.

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The Flippers Club now has an ideal facility, and a membership of  204 gymnasts. The Club boasts 12 coaches, teaching 7 different programs and serving the Steinbach region with an excellent sport program.

Thank you for inviting me to your gym.

Lawrence     Oystryk                                                                                                                                              President, MGA

       

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Victoria Robson, a coach, judge and former gymnast from Panthers who has been selected to represent Canada at the Pan American Games in Guadalahara, Mexico in Pole Vaulting!

A wonderful accomplishment -way to go Victoria!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Gabrielle May, of Panthers, who will be attending the University of Illinois in Chicago on scholarship this coming year.

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Patrick Oystryk Competing in France 2011

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This past year I competed in three different divisions: University, Team and Individual competitions.

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At the University level, the Université de Bordeaux team first competed in Clamart (a Paris suburb) and qualified itself for the national university championships with a 3rd place finish, myself finishing in 7th place AA.

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At the national university championships in Besançon, our team scored a high 221.82 - good enough for 2nd place. However a 10 points penalty due to having brought a judge who wasn’t of the right qualifications dropped the team to a disappointing 4th place finish.

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In the team division, I was competing for the Bègles Athletic Club and starting at the departmental championships in Villenave d’Ornon, we subsequently qualified for the regional championships in Bègles and finally the zone championships in Montpellier where our team heartbreakingly missed the sixth and final qualifying spot by 4 tenths of a point.

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Finally, in the individual division, I selected to compete only on two events: floor and vault. Having won the gold medal on both events at the departmental and regional championships, I was qualified for the zone championships in La Teste where a silver medal on floor and gold medal on vault qualified me for the national championships in Saint-Étienne.

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In Saint-Étienne, at the French national gymnastics championships, in the individual division, a score of 14.150 on vault was enough to claim the 4th place and on Floor, with a score of 13.50, the silver medal.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 

WESTERN CANADA

SUMMER GAMES TEAM!

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WOMEN'S TEAM: GOLD MEDAL

Alia Ross, Fantastic: GOLD MEDAL All Around; GOLD MEDAL FX ; 6TH UB;

Isabela Onyshko, Brandon Eagles: SILVER MEDAL All Around; SILVER MEDAL UB; Bronze Medal T Vault; 6TH BB; 4TH FX

Meghan Boulanger, Fantastic: 17TH AA; GOLD MEDAL BB; 6TH FX

Jaelyn Miscavish, Brandon Eagles: 8TH AA; BRONZE MEDAL T VAULT; 6TH UB; 8TH BB

Ryann Lewis, Brandon Eagles: 11AA; 8TH VAULT

Amy Schappert, Springers: 21ST AA

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Coach: Lorie Henderson

Coach/Manager: Sandy Ross

Judges: Angela Djordjevitch, Helene Desmarais

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MEN'S TEAM : 4TH

Jason Marks, Flairs: 10TH AA; SILVER MEDAL POMMEL HORSE; 4TH HB; 8TH VAULT

Taran Barrett, Flairs: 19TH AA

Tyler Franklin, Flairs: 15TH AA; 7TH FX; 6TH POMMEL HORSE; 4TH VAULT

Joshua Kehler, Flairs: 20TH AA

Paul Eros, Fantastic: 23RD AA

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Coach: Murat Kanakayeu

Judge: Nick Lees

1991 GREY CUP LEGACY REGIONAL STREAM

PREP CAMP

JULY 22 - 25, 2011

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This year's camp was another huge success!

50 gymnasts and 17 coaches attended

representing all Regions of the Province.

Thank you to Lorie Henderson, Deb Taylor and Kendra Fredricksen for the outstanding work in the hosting and administration of the camp and

to all the camp staff and guest clinicians.

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ALEXIA SHORE -FORMER MB GYMNAST IN AFGHANISTAN

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA

at the CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 22-29, 2011

Charlottetwon, P.E.I.

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Medal Winners:

National Novice:Emma Leipsic - Panthers - Silver Medal AA; Gold - Vault; Uneven Bars and Beam - Silver;    FX - 7th Senior High Performance: Gabrielle May - Panthers- Bronze Medal - Vault

National Open: Jason Marks, Flairs - Silver Medal Pommel Horse

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Women's National Open Team - 5th Springers:  Madeleine Arbuckle, Amy Schappert Natalie Gervais -16thAA Day 2,Sydney McEachern:12th AA Day 2;Panthers: Tristyn Sitarz: 4th UB Day 2, Melissa Clark

Junior High Performance:

Emily Blackner: Panthers: 20th AA Tegan Turner: Springers: 18th AA

National Novice: Alia Ross: Fantastic: 22nd AA Senior High Performance:Sarah Flett: Springers: Day 1: 7T AA; Day 2: 15th AA; Day 3: 4th Vault; 7th Beam; 6th FX  

Gabrielle May: Panthers: Day 1: 17th AA; Day 2: 16th AA; Day 3: Bronze Medal Vault

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Men's National Youth:

Joshua Kehler: Flairs: 37th All Around

 

Men's National Open:

Tyler Franklin: Flairs: 38th All Around

Taran Barrett: Flairs: 41st All Around

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Tumbling National 15+

Natasha Jenkyns: Springers: 15th

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA

at the TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING WESTERN CANADA CUP

May 13 -15, 2011 Port Coquitlam, BC

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DMT Team: Silver Medal

Kelsey Berkowski , Kelsey Hak, Jade Yaholkoski, Sarah Chan

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Tumbling Team: 4th place.

Kelsey Berkowski, Justine Friesen, Valerie Beynon

Amber Friesen

Justine Friesen: Level B tramp 13 and over: 6th place. Tumbling Level A: 4th place.

Kelsey Hak: DMT Level B 14 and over: Gold Medal

Tumbling Level D 5th place.

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Astrid Cox: DMT Level B 14 and over: Silver Medal

Trampoline Level A 10th place.

Sarah Chan: DMT Level B 14 and over: Bronze Medal; Level A Trampoline 7th place.

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Jade Yaholkoski: DMT Level B 14 and over: 10th place.

Valerie Beynon: Tumbling Level A: 5th place.

Aimee Ayre: DMT Level B 14 and over: 7th place.

Coaches: Justin Smith, Lyndsay Houston, Michelle Dewyn

Judges: Toni Montanti, Natasha Jenkyns

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA!

The Manitoba Team returned from the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Grande Prairie, AB this past weekend with 26 medals.

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The star performer was Emma Leipsic of Panthers Gymnastics in the National Novice category. Emma placed 1st All Around, 1st on Vault and 1st on Uneven Bars as well as capturing a 2nd place on Beam and 5th on Floor Exercise.  

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Other medal winners were: National Open Men: Tyler Franklin from Flairs: 3rd All Around, 3rd Floor, 3rd Pommel Horse, 2nd Rings and 2nd on Vault; Taran Barrett of Flairs: 3rd on High Bar, 3rd on Rings and 3rd on Parallel Bars; Qayum Hassani of Fantastic Gymnastics: 2nd on Floor and 3rd on Vault.  

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National Open Women:

The Team all from Springers Gymnastics placed 3rd. Natalie Gervais  placed 4th All Around  and won a 2nd on Uneven Bars and a 3rd on Floor; Sydney McEachern placed 2nd on Floor; Madeleine Arbuckle placed 3rd on Vault.  The 4th Team member was Amy Schappert. 

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In Provincial 5 Novice Women Meghan Boulanger of Fantastic Gymnastics won a 3rd on Vault.

The Provincial 5 Tyro Team placed 3rd. The Team members were Bailee Rochon of Springers who placed 1st on Vault, Rocio Mohadeb and Madisson Lawrence of Fantastic Gymnastics and Ashlen Radics of Brandon Eagles.  

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In Pre-Novice Elite, Sydney Alexander of Panthers Gymnastics placed 2nd on Beam and 3rd on Floor. In Pre-Novice Aspire Amy Hryshko of Panthers Gymnastics placed 3rd on Vault.

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 TEAM MANITOBA COACHES

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COACHES RECOGNIZED BY SPORT MANITOBA !!

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Manitoba Lotteries Male Coach

of the Year

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Robert Persechino


A 30 year veteran of the world of gymnastics coaching, Robert has coached athletes at the World Championships, 4 Canada Games, 2 Western Canada Summer Games, and 19 Canadian Championships. Thirty-eight of his athletes have entered into the Canadian National Stream. He currently is the head coach for Panthers Gymnastics and has a coaching philosophy based on pushing his athletes to be physically strong, mentally tough, and ready to face any challenge.

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ROBERT PERSECHINO

PETER WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL HIGH PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNER

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PAT MIDDLETON

YEARS OF SERVICE AWARD

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HELENE DESMARAIS

INTERNATIONAL COACHING RECOGNITION

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Pat Middleton and Robert Persechino

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2011 EDMOND FINANCIAL MEN'S MANITOBA OPEN AND REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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On April 10th, Flairs Gymnastics hosted the Manitoba Open Men’s Gymnastics Championships. Eighteen boys competed at 4 levels: Provincial 3, Provincial 4, National Youth and National Open. Four competitors were from Fantastic Gymnastics. 

Flairs which trains at Winnipeg Gymnastics had a full house of spectators who enjoyed watching the competition from a large viewing room situated above the gymnasium.  The event ran smoothly and efficiently, keeping coaches, judges and volunteers busy throughout the day. After the morning meet, the Men’s Technical Committee decided who qualified for the Western Canadian Championships.  (The list of both men and women who qualified for this upcoming competition is posted on the MGA website.)

The afternoon session dedicated to the beginner level brought together 4 clubs: Morden, Selkirk, Steinbach and the host club Flairs.  It was an opportunity for parents and friends to appreciate the improvement made by each gymnast during the course of the year.  As always, all the competitors made a tremendous effort and enjoyed the opportunity to display their talent.

In closing, I would like to thank all the clubs, coaches, athletes and judges for a superb job. I personally would like to thank Glen Marks and his team of volunteers for hosting this event. A huge bouquet goes out to all the parents whose dedication to their clubs makes a great difference. Finally I wish to acknowledge the Flairs Gymnastics Club for inviting me to the Men’s Manitoba Open - thank you!

Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA 

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2011 EDMOND FINANCIAL REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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On April 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gimli Flyers hosted the successful “Edmond Financial Regional Stream Provincial Gymnastics Championships.” I was unable to attend Friday’s events but was informed the day went very well. The club hosted over 383 girls from 19 Manitoba clubs at 4 different Regional Levels.

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Throughout the weekend a well-organized contingent of parents, gymnasts and volunteers transformed Gimli High School into a gymnastics haven. Spectators were able to enjoy the great talent which was on display from all corners of our province. The gymnasium was filled with parents, family and friends throughout the weekend. The events ran smoothly thanks to the tremendous effort put forth by all the competing clubs to produce a good meet. It was a great opportunity for parents and spectators to appreciate how the gymnasts progressed during the course of the year. 

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Peggy Glassco, head coach of the Gimli Flyers stated, “I just want to thank everyone for all their help and support throughout this past weekend. It was really great to work with everyone. Everyone jumped in to help wherever needed - awards, marching in, changing of equipment - you name it, someone was willing to help. Your words of encouragement during the somewhat tougher times were much appreciated.”

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In closing, on behalf of the MGA, I would like to thank all the clubs, coaches, athletes and judges for doing a superb job. Without your support, competitions like this would simply not be possible. In particular, I would like to thank Peggy Glassco and her team for hosting this event and I send out a huge bouquet and thank to all the parent volunteers whose dedication to the club was exemplary. Finally I wish to acknowledge the Gimli Flyers Gym Club for inviting me to be a part of their proceedings. I appreciated the hospitality and enjoyed my conversations with the parents. 

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Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA 

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WILD ROSE INVITATIONAL

EDMONTON, AB

MARCH 25-27, 2011

Congratulations to Sarah Flett of Springers, who won Gold on Vault in the Senior International Competition.

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Overall 16 medals were won by Manitobans. This was an excellent warm up event for the Western Canadians coming up April 29 - May 1 in Grande Prairie, AB as well as the Canadian Championships May 23-29, in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Senior International

Sarah Flett Springers Gold Vault
Senior Challenge Cup Natalie Gervais Springers Bronze FX
Novice Emma Leipsic Panthers Gold Vault
Pre-Novice Aspire Amy Hryshko                     Panthers Silver FX, Bronze Vault
  Keanna Ponce                                       Springers Bronze Beam
Pre-Novice Elite Sydney Alexander             Panthers Bronze AA, Silver Beam
Provincial 5 Open Amy Schappert                  Springers Gold Beam
Provincial 5 Novice Signey Styles                      Springers Bronze UB
Provincial 4 Novice Melissa Dyck Springers Bronze AA
Provincial 4 Open Lauren Jackman                Panthers Gold FX, Gold Vault
Provincial 3 Tyro Carina Pewert-Schulze    Panthers Silver UB
Provincial 3 Novice Brooke Bouchard Panthers Gold UB
Provincial 1 Argo Nicole Beaulieu                 Fantastic Silver UB

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GYMNIX INVITATIONAL

MONTREAL

MARCH 10-13, 2011

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Congratulations to Tristyn Sitarz, of Panthers who placed 3rd on Vault, 3rd on Floor and won Silver AA

Natalie Gervais of Springers, won Gold on Floor .

Both gymnasts competed in the National Open Group B category.

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CANADA WINTER GAMES 2011

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

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PATRICK OYSTRYK COMPETING IN FRANCE

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Patrick is now finished university and will start working at an architecture firm which the university has assigned him to for the summer. It's part of his qualifying for a Masters degree. However in his spare time (which he has lots now) he competes at a local gym. This weekend they competed in what I think is like our "provincial" competition and the club team won gold. So next month they are off to Paris to compete at the Nationals. 

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TEAM CANADA PRE -NOVICE

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Congratulations to Alia Ross, of Fantastic Gymnastics who was named to Team Canada Pre-Novice. Alia scored over 68.0 at competitions in the past season and earned a place on the Team.

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 Saskatchewan Qualifier for

Canada Winter Games

January 5 - 9, 2011

  

Last week I had the privilege to travel with 4 Flairs gymnasts to Regina. Our neighboring province, Saskatchewan held a second qualifier competition for the Canada Winter Games. This event was held at a new facility, Sky High Gymnastics Club. The club hosted its very first competition and were very pleased with their new premises.

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Coach Murat Kanakayeu was encouraged with the Flairs Club results.  Flairs obtained some of its best scores of the year. They brought home one each of gold, silver and bronze medals. Murat Kanakayeu indicated that all 4 gymnasts were headed to Halifax in February. The 4 that qualified were: Josh Kehler, Taran Barrett, Tyler Franklin and Jason Marks.  

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All travel and accommodations have been arranged and Team Manitoba is ready to attend the Halifax event.     

         

Lawrence Oystryk

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President’s Report on

Flairs CWG Qualifier and

Winter Warm-up

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On December 5th, 2010, Flairs Winter Warm–up was held at the Club’s new home, the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre.

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The main event was the National Open Team of 4 gymnasts who competed for their personal best score to qualify for the Canada Winter Games. The Winter Games will be held on Feb. 11-27th, 2011, in Halifax. Their head coach, Murat Kanakayeu, stated that considering the circumstances of the Club not having a home just some 5 months ago, he was satisfied with the results, however mentioned that more practice never hurt.   

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Before the Canada Winter Games, as not to lose their cutting edge, all 4 gymnasts will compete on January 8th, 2011, in their neighbouring province, at a Regina meet.

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Levels 1 to 3 gymnasts also showed off their skills to their parents, grandparents and friends (scores posted on MGA website). It was an opportunity for younger gymnasts and their coaches to experience the pressures of performance before they engage in the more advanced competitions that will take place in the 2011 season.

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Lawrence Oystryk

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President’s Report on Western Canadian Championships

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Westerns were held in Regina from April 29th to May 2nd. Board member Kendra Fredricksen attended as Team Manager. As Chef de Mission, I found Team Manitoba to be focused and well disciplined throughout the meet. All went very well and our Women’s National Open team won gold (Please check MGA site for all the results) as well as many individual awards. Considering our small contingent of men gymnasts and with the current training facility complications, they fared well in their categories. In all we brought back 17 medals: 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze.

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Congratulations to all gymnasts, coaches and judges for their hard work and resounding success at Westerns. I wish to take this opportunity to personally thank Ms. Fredricksen as manager for Westerns. Her first time in such a role, she maintained a steady hand over some 40 plus gymnasts as they traveled between the hotel, competitions and back home again by bus. She took her job seriously and exceeded expectations, notably by organizing a dinner for all gymnasts and their coaches.

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I wish to thank Kathy Stoesz for staying in touch with Team Manitoba while we were in Regina.          

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Lawrence Oystryk

President, MGA  

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