The 2015-2016 Season has officially begun as over 260 athletes competed this past weekend at the Tour Selection/Elite Canada Screening #1 event, hosted by Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club.
Athletes and coaches from clubs all over Ontario attend this event in hopes of being selected to Team Ontario. The top eight (8) athletes and 2 Team Coach/Managers were selected for Level 6, Level 7, Level 8, Level 9 and Level 10 to make a total of 40 athletes and 10 team coach/managers heading to Phoenix Arizona to compete at the Grand Invitational January 22-24, 2016.
A big thank you to all the clubs that attended this successful event and to Quinte Bay and Judges for all their hard work and dedication to gymnastics this past weekend!
Congratulations to the following athletes, coaches and clubs on Team Ontario!
Level 6 Team
Athletes: Jessica Giles (Twisters), Sophia Nizalik (Corona), Alyssa Capogna (Tristar), Temisia van Biljouw (Lindsay), Alexa Giannini (Gyros), Jessica Reddin (Les Sittelles), Sophie Frater (East York) and Amy Desousa (Pickering)
Alternates: Ciara Chute (Forest City) and Jordan Kondo (Pickering)
Team Coach/Manager Clubs: Twisters and Corona
Level 7 Team
Athletes: Aleya Morin (East York), Chloe Lin (East York), Dana Postenka (Forest City), Sophie Wax (T-Dot), Meghan O’Mara (Twisters), Isabelle Kagawa (SGI), Jesselyn Hale (Loyalist) and Julia Bullied (Alliston)
Alternates: Alex Robson (Milton) and Ella MacPhail (Trillium)
Team Coach/ Manager Clubs: East York and Forest City
Level 8 Team
Athletes: Chloe Scheel (Pickering), Kylie Turpin (SGI), Effie Ferguson (Manjak’s), Alena Beniamin (London GA), Sara Cristiano (Manjak’s), Claire Platnar (Pickering), Kailyn Wright (Galaxy), Mackenzie Steele (Burlington)
Alternates: Kylie Martin (Milton) and Natalie Tawfik (Futures)
Team Coach/Manager Clubs: Pickering and Manjak’s
Level 9 Team
Athletes: Kayla Sanidad (London GA), Jillian Sternloff (Milton), Lexi McCormack (Bluewater), Sarah Hu (Ottawa), Justina Skalskyte (Guelph), Lyndsey de Guzman (Galaxy), Rachel Simpson (London GA) and Hannah Gula (Oakville)
Alternates: Zoey Benoit (Brantford) and Danielle Saulnier (Burlington)
Team Coach/Manager Clubs: London GA and Milton
Level 10 (National Open) Team
Athletes: Maya Fernando (Discovery), Melissa Temkov (Burlington), Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso (Galaxy), Kathryn Doran (Oakville), Madeline Straker (Manjak’s), Serena Baker (Bluewater), Piera Rooke (Burlington) Alexandria Kline (Burlington)
Alternates: Hannah Scharf (Northern Stars) and Sarah Scholten (Oakville)
Team Coach/Manager Clubs: Burlington and Discovery
Elite Canada Screening is where athletes compete in an attempt to score high enough to be eligible to compete at Elite Canada.
Elite Canada brings together the top athletes from across Canada from the novice, junior and senior categories.
Elite Canada is one of the primary meets at which national team status is determined. Gymnasts seek qualification for High Performance Status, which gives them the right to compete at Canadian Championships and be eligible to be considered for national teams and potential international
Elite Canada is being hosted by Gymnastics Nova Scotia, Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club, Taiso Gymnastics Training Centre, and Titan’s Gymnastics and Trampoline Club, February 4-7, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Canada Games Centre.