Mississauga’s Anthony Tawfik has qualified for one of the world’s most prestigious gymnastics competitions, the Junior Japan Championships.
The 15-year-old will represent Canada in Yokohama from September 22 to 23. Tawfik was one of two male gymnasts from Canada to qualify.
He earned the honour by finishing first last month in a Gymnastics Canada qualifier at Tawfik’s club, Futures Gymnastics in Meadowvale.
Several future Olympians have competed at the Junior Japan Championships. American Danell Leyva and Russia’s David Belyavsky, the top two finishers at the 2012 Olympics, competed in Japan in 2009.
Earlier this year, Tawfik helped Team Ontario win gold at the Canada Winter Games and later went on to win the junior provincial championship and place second at the Elite Canada championships.
He was also part of Canada’s bronze medal winning team at the 2014 Junior Pan Am Games in Brazil.