Oshawa This Week
JESOLO, ITALY — Two of Gemini Gymnastics’ elite athletes, Jade Chrobok and Ana Padurariu, competed for the prestigious City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy.
The Gemini athletes, who are also Canadian national team members, were specifically invited to participate as juniors at the renowned event. Shallon Olsen, Rose-Kaying Woo, Megane Roberts and Meaghan Ruttan rounded out the junior team sent to represent Canada.
This was the first international level meet for Padurariu and Chrobok. They faced strong competition from the Americans who sent several of their top junior team members, several of whom are expected to compete at the next Olympics in Rio, most notably Norah Flately and Ragan Smith.
Both Chrobok and Padurariu competed well during the week-long event, which required Canada to qualify in order to compete in the team and event finals on the weekend.
Canada topped the junior team qualification round, ahead of the Australians and Italians, countries which are considered to be among Canada’s main competitors. In qualifications, Chrobok placed second all around while Padurariu placed seventh.
During finals, the junior team members continued to impress. Padurariu finished seventh all around with the second highest Canadian score and qualified for event finals on beam. As one of the youngest competitors there, Padurariu, 12, was remarkable during event finals and finished sixth on beam with one of the highest level of difficulty.
Chrobok’s performance was equally impressive during finals as she came in eighth all around and qualified for event finals in bars and floor. She mesmerized the audience on floor and captured the bronze medal just behind the Americans Lauren Hernandez and Ragan Smith. She went on to compete a series of new skills on bars and placed fifth.
The Gemini athletes are now gearing up for the Canadian championships, scheduled to begin on May 26 in Gatineau, Quebec.