Gymnastics Canada has announced the names of the athletes, coaches, and judges nominated to compete at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Washington, USA from April 8th to 10th. The three-day event is expected to feature athletes from more than 14 countries, including Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States, competing in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
The Pacific Rim Championships take place every two years with the last event being hosted in Richmond, BC in 2014. The Championships are unique in that they offer an opportunity for junior and senior aged athletes to compete together in a team format. During the Olympic year, teams may be a mix of junior and senior athletes, or they can be only seniors. This year’s Canadian team is a mixture of juniors and seniors: the rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics teams are mixed junior/senior, while the artistic gymnastics teams are all young, senior-aged gymnasts.
“This event offers an excellent opportunity for our athletes to experience a high level team competition format, and to gain valuable international competition experience,” said Cathy Haines, Chief Technical Officer at Gymnastics Canada and Head of Delegation for the event. “In the past, many of our current top senior national team athletes have honed their competitive skills at this competition in preparation for major games and World Championships.”
ONTARIO ATHLETES, COACHES AND JUDGES REPRESENTING TEAM CANADA:
WOMEN’S ARTISTIC (WAG):
Megan Roberts (East York)
Kirsten Peterman (Revolution)
MEN’S ARTISTIC (MAG):
Anthony Tawfik (Futures Gymnastics)
Justin Karstadt (Futures Gymnastics)
Zhao hui Huang
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS (RG):
Natalie Garcia (Newnorth National RG)
Sophie Crane (Jusco)
Carmen Whelan (Silhouettes of York)
Katherine Uchida (Jusco)
Samantha Sendel (Skyriders)
Congratulations to all our hard working athletes, coaches and judges! For more information on the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships visit www.pacrimchamps.com.
Sourced from Gymnastics Canada