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.
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.
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.
Natalie Gervais and Sydney McEachern at Eastern Michigan University - ready to start their Gymnastics Season on full scholarships. Congratulations!
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,
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)
Coach Jeremy Mosier (Gymtastics)
Coach David Kikuchi (Alta)
Brevet Judge Tracey Anderson (Toronto)
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.
Keaton Savard - Gold Medal Provincial 1 12 and under DMT; Bronze Medal Gold Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling
Pierce Barlow - Silver Medal Provincial 1 12 and under DMT; 7th Place Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling
Isaiah Klassen - Bronze Medal Provincial 1 12 and under DMT; Gold Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Tumbling
Tyler Champagne - Gold Medal Provincial 2 14 + DMT;
6th Trampoline Provincial 2 14+; Gold Medal Provincial 2
14 + Tumbling
Mia Danis - Silver Medal Provincial 2 13 and under DMT; Silver Medal Provincial 2 13 and under Trampoline
Coaches: Michelle Dewyn, Kelsey Berkowski,
Judges: Natasha Jenkyns, Chelsey Froese
WOMEN'S 2013 PROVINCIAL
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.
President’s Report on Canadian National Championships 2013
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.
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.
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.
Manitoba was represented by Sarah Chan who placed 26th on Trampoline and Ian Kielly our only male athlete placed 7th on High Bar.
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.
OTTAWA, MAY 20-26, 2013
Manitoba Gymnasts had an excellent week at Canadian Championships in Ottawa.
The Women’s Open Team captured a Bronze Medal placing ahead of very competitive teams from BC and Quebec.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manitoba was represented by Sarah Chan who placed 26th in Trampoline and Kelsey Hak from Panthers in Trampoline and Tumbling.
Sarah Flett from Springers competed in the Senior High Performance category on Bars and Beam only due to injury.
Congratulations to all of our Team Manitoba!
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!!
Joshua Kehler - Gold Pommel Horse
Ian Kielly - Gold Parallel Bars, Silver Vault
Paul Eros - Bronze Parallel Bars
Provincial 5 Novice Team: Bronze
Cristina Doyle, Kally Berard, Catherine Robert
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
Julie Sorin - Bronze All Around, Bronze Beam, Bronze Floor Exercise
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
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
See all results at: www.gym-score-depot
President’s Report of Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships - 2013
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!
President’s Report on Edmond Financial Trampoline and Tumbling MB Open Championships
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.
President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships
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.
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.
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.
I would like to thank Springers Gym Club for the invitation and the honour of giving out awards.
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
Tyro: Brook Bradshaw – Brandon Eagles
Novice: Taylor Goodon – Brandon Eagles
Open: Nerisse Martinuk – Springers
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
Nicole Gobert – Panthers
Taya Niessen – Springers
Natalie Gervais – Springers
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.
Other Coaches recognized:
Years of Service:
Valerie Nuytten, Laura Ealing, Sheila Stoyanowski
Helene Desmarais, Robert Persechino, Rachelle Valel and Brooke Merrifield
President’s Report on Edmond Financial Men's MB Open Championships
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.
President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Group Regional Provincial Championships
at Springers Gymnastics
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.
KYLE SHEWFELT GYMFEST MEDAL WINNERS
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:
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
Davey Boschmann, 3rd Pommel Horse
Alex Cormier, 2nd Pommel Horse
Raymond Bautista , 2nd Floor, 3rd Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar and 3rd All Around
Mac Neumann, 2nd Rings
Senior High Performance:
Tegan Turner, Springers Gym Club – 2nd Vault
Danika Duncan, Fantastic, 3rd Vault, 3rd Uneven Bars
Madeleine Arbuckle, Springers, 3rd Vault
Taya Niessen, Springers, 1st Uneven Bars, 3rd Beam, 3rd All Around
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
Congratulations to all gymnasts who attended Gymnix Invitational March 9-10, 2013 in Montreal.
Results are as follows:
National Open 1B:
Tristyn Sitarz- 2nd AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 4th on BB and FX
Sydney Alexander - 3rd AA, 1st FX, 2nd V, and 6th UB.
Amy Hryshko - 5th AA and 3rd on Vault
Amelie Boissoneault - 9th AA, 2nd BB, 2nd FX
Marielle Roy - 7th AA and 4th UB
Julie Sorin - 3rd AA, 2nd FX
Nicole Gobert - 5th AA, 2nd UB
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
Signey Styles - 2nd AA, 1st BB, 3rd FX
Paige Kent - 1st AA, 1st BB, 2nd FX, 3rd V and UB
Keanna Ponce - 2nd AA, 2nd V, UB, FX, 3rd BB
Stephanie Clarkson - 8th AA, 5th BB
Tayan Niessen - 14th AA
Isabela Onyshko - 10th AA, Final BB 10th in Challenge Cup
Amy Hryshko, Marielle Roy, Amelie Boissoneault
Signey Styles and Paige Kent
Isabela Onyshko - Photo by Grace Chiu
Congratulations to the following gymnasts who qualified for the Canadian High Performance Program
Sydney McEachern - Springers and Emily Blackner - Panthers - Senior High Performance
Isabela Onyshko - Brandon Eagles - Junior High Performance
Sydney Alexander - Panthers - Novice High Performance
President’s Report on Beausejour Elites Regional Stream Championships
March 9-10, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keystone Kips Invitational Competition
March 2-3, 2013
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.
President’s Report on
February 22-24, 2013
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.
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.
Ellie Black and David Kikuchi at
Provincial Team Trainings
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.
David Kikuchi Leads
Men's Provincial Team Training
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.
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:
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
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
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
All results can be found at:
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.
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.
Kathy Stoesz to represent Canada at the Intercontinental Judging Course
in Bratislava, CZE
December 11 - 18, 2012
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.
Massilia International Competition
November 17-18, 2012
Sydney McEachern and Natalie Gervais
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
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
Photos by: Damien
Celia Champion Travels to Thompson
to give a Coaching Clinic
October 2-4, 2012
Thompson's new facility.
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!
Summer Northern Tour
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.
President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Group Provincial Championships at Springers Gymnastics
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.
Congratulations go out to all gymnasts as they now have a very well deserved break before the next season of competitions begins.
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.
I take this opportunity to recognize everyone’s hard work and commitment to the sport.
With best wishes for a wonderful summer,
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAM AT CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REGINA!
Women's Open Team: 4th
Natalie Gervais, Sydney McEachern,Ryann Lewis, Madeleine Arbuckle,
Tegan Turner, Brenley Toffan,Isabela Onyshko, Meghan Boulanger
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
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
Sydney Alexander - 16th All Around
Alia Ross - 21st All Around
Bailee Rochon - 24th All Around
High Performance Senior:
Sarah Flett - 7th Vault; 7th Floor; 15th All Around
High Performance Junior:
Emily Blackner - 4th Uneven Bars
Ian Kielly - 23rd All Around
on Canadian Championships 2012
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.
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.
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.
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
May 10-13, 2012
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.
Team MB Bronze Tumbling All Around.
Congratulations Team Manitoba!!
President’s Report on Western Canadians 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 MEDALS WON AT THE 2012 WESTERN
The Manitoba Gymnastics Team returns from the Western Canadian Championships in Langley, BC with 16 medals in hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Western Canadians was an excellent preparation for the Team members travelling to Canadian Championships in Regina, May 21-27.
President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Women’s Manitoba Open Championships and T and T Championships
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.
All gymnasts who were successful at the competition have their names posted on the MGA web-site.
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.
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.
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
Sydney McEachern, Natalie Gervais, Tegan Turner, Madeleine Arbuckle, Brenley Toffan – Springers Gymnastics
Meghan Boulanger – Fantastic Gymnastics
Ryann Lewis, Isabela Onyshko – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics
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
Sydney McEachern, Natalie Gervais, Tegan Turner, Madeleine Arbuckle, Brenley Toffan – Springers Gymnastics
Meghan Boulanger – Fantastic Gymnastics
Ryann Lewis – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics
Sydney Alexander – Panthers Gymnastics
Bailee Rochon – Springers Gymnastics
Alia Ross - Fantastic Gymnastics
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
Panthers Team Members with Rosie MacLennan and
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
President’s Report on Beausejour Elites Regional Stream Provincial Championships
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.
KYLE SHEWFELT GYMFEST
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
President’s Report on the Edmond Financial Men's Manitoba Open and Regional Stream Provincial Championships
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.
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.
Clubs in attendance were: Fantastic Gymnastics, Selkirk Selects, Turtle Mountain Gymnastics, Winnipeg Gymnastics and the host club, Flippers.
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.
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.
EDMOND FINANCIAL MEN’S MANITOBA OPEN AND
REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS A SUCCESS
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.
The Team is comprised of:
Qayum Hassani and Fahim Hassani Fantastic Gymnastics
Ian Kielly Winnipeg Gymnastics
Cassius Gentle Winnipeg Gymnastics
Jeremie Gregoire Winnipeg Gymnastics
Sam Wenham Fantastic
Paul Eros Fantastic
Raymond Baustista Winnipeg Gymnastics
Emanuel Koshevatsky Winnipeg Gymnastics
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
President’s Report on Selkirk Selects Invitational
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President’s Report on
Fantastic Gymnastics Competition
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.
Women's Elite Canada 2012
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.
President's Report on
Panthers Snowflake Classic
January 20 - 22, 2012
President’s Report on Panthers Snowflake Classic 2012 Competition
On January 20th and 21st I attended the Panthers Snowflake Classic 2012 Competition.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
President of MGA
President’s Report on Brandon’s New Year’s Celebration Competition
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.
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.
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.
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.
President of MGA
GymKyds Special Olympic Program highlighted on CTV
Congratulations GymKyds !
See link below
Sarah Flett wins Silver on Vault at
Massilia Cup in France.
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.Complete Release
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."
President’s Report on Flippers Steinbach
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Gabrielle May, of Panthers, who will be attending the University of Illinois in Chicago on scholarship this coming year.
Patrick Oystryk Competing in France 2011
This past year I competed in three different divisions: University, Team and Individual competitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
SUMMER GAMES TEAM!
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
Coach: Lorie Henderson
Coach/Manager: Sandy Ross
Judges: Angela Djordjevitch, Helene Desmarais
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
Coach: Murat Kanakayeu
Judge: Nick Lees
1991 GREY CUP LEGACY REGIONAL STREAM
JULY 22 - 25, 2011
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.
ALEXIA SHORE -FORMER MB GYMNAST IN AFGHANISTAN
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA
at the CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 22-29, 2011
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
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
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
Tumbling National 15+
Natasha Jenkyns: Springers: 15th
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA
at the TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING WESTERN CANADA CUP
May 13 -15, 2011 Port Coquitlam, BC
DMT Team: Silver Medal
Kelsey Berkowski , Kelsey Hak, Jade Yaholkoski, Sarah Chan
Tumbling Team: 4th place.
Kelsey Berkowski, Justine Friesen, Valerie Beynon
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.
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.
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
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MANITOBA!
The Manitoba Team returned from the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Grande Prairie, AB this past weekend with 26 medals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TEAM MANITOBA COACHES
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COACHES RECOGNIZED BY SPORT MANITOBA !!
Manitoba Lotteries Male Coach
of the Year
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.
PETER WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL HIGH PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNER
YEARS OF SERVICE AWARD
INTERNATIONAL COACHING RECOGNITION
Pat Middleton and Robert Persechino
2011 EDMOND FINANCIAL MEN'S MANITOBA OPEN AND REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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!
2011 EDMOND FINANCIAL REGIONAL STREAM PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
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.
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.”
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.
WILD ROSE INVITATIONAL
MARCH 25-27, 2011
Congratulations to Sarah Flett of Springers, who won Gold on Vault in the Senior International Competition.
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.
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
MARCH 10-13, 2011
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.
CANADA WINTER GAMES 2011
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
PATRICK OYSTRYK COMPETING IN FRANCE
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.
TEAM CANADA PRE -NOVICE
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.
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.
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.
All travel and accommodations have been arranged and Team Manitoba is ready to attend the Halifax event.
President of MGA
President’s Report on
Flairs CWG Qualifier and
On December 5th, 2010, Flairs Winter Warm–up was held at the Club’s new home, the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre.
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.
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.
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.
President’s Report on Western Canadian Championships
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.
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.
I wish to thank Kathy Stoesz for staying in touch with Team Manitoba while we were in Regina.
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