Three Gymnasts Stand on Podium at Provincial Championships

Giddiness and excitement ran high for group of local gymnasts after a weekend of success.

Morgan Berry, Chloe Hannam and Katie Cymbaluk from Kawartha Gymnastics Club, all placed third in their divisions at the Provincial Championships in Windsor.

Berry’s story book season, which took her to Las Vegas to compete with Team Ontario in January, was capped off with a provincial bronze medal in level six. Placing third on vault, fourth on beam and floor, as well as six on bars, Berry says she was very happy with how her season ended, finishing with her highest overall score on the year at 38.

Looking back at the competition, laughing, she says the highlight of the weekend was sticking her beam routine, something that has daunted her the past few years.

“The last two provincials I’ve fallen on beam, so this year I was able to stay on which was really good.”

Along with Berry, Chloe Hannam also took home third place in her division. This was her first time competing at the provincial championships.

“I was nervous but I’m always nervous,” she says.

Despite being sick for the four days leading up to  the event, the petite, level-five gymnast, placed first on bars, fourth on beam and 12th in both vault and floor. Hamman’s gold medal performance on bars is a huge personal accomplishment. According to head coach Becky Ansell, the club has not had an athlete win an event at a provincial championship in many years.

The club’s oldest member, Katie Cymbaluk, a level-seven gymnast and Grade 10 student at Holy Cross Secondary School, was also third overall in her division. She finished the competition in second place on vault, bars and beam as well as ninth on floor. She says the whole weekend was very exciting from start to finish.

“I placed really well and had some new skills on a couple of different events,” she says. “Competing in the event finals the next day was exciting as well.”

In November when the next competition season begins, Cymbaluk will be entering into her final year and hopes to be competing at level eight.

“I have a couple more skills to learn and put into my routines. We are starting to work on them now so hopefully I will be ready,” she says.

Improving from last years’ results, Ansell says the provincials were an all around success for the team.

“The kids hit on all of their events, which was nice to see that all their hard work had paid off,” she says. “It’s always nice when you have athletes placing in the top ten in their category and those kids are going to move up next year to a higher level.”

According to Ansell, Cymbaluk, Berry and Hannam will all be moving up next year.

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