Team Ontario Heats Up in Arizona!

Team Ontario 2

Team Ontario’s Level 6, 7, 8, 9 and National Open athletes and Team Coaches travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to represent our province in the 2016 Arizona Grand Invitational competition held at the Arizona Grand Resort, January 22-24, 2016.


The athlete’s trained at Gold Medal Gymnastics Club’s world class facility (owned by “Magnificent 7” team captain Amanda Borden!) on Thursday in preparation for the competition.

Team Trg - Gold Medal

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 De Sousa (Pickering)


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)


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) and Mackenzie Steele (Burlington)


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), Hannah Gula (Oakville)


Level 10 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) and Alexandra Kline (Burlington)



Level 6 – Kim Rae (Twisters) and Lee Ann Simon (Corona)

Level 7 – Sandra Yip (East York) and Merritt Lymburner (Forest City)

Level 8 – Debbie Siemon (Pickering) and Kelsey Arnold (Manjak’s)

Level 9 – Jen Kraemer (London GA) and Craig Smith (Milton)

Level 10 – Kathy Hubbard (Burlington) and Olga Dudchenko (Discovery)


Head of Delegation

Cheryl Donoghue


Additional Manager

Tosha Pigeau


The Grand Invitational had approximately 1200 athletes competing over the four days of competition which Team Ontario had many successes!


Team Achievements 


Level 6 – 1st with a score of 115.425

Level 6 Team 2

Level 7 – 1st with a score of 115.425

Level 7 Team


Level 8 – 1st with a score of 114.675

Level 8 Team muscle pose

Level 9 – 3rd with a score of 110.550

Level 9 Trg 2








Level 10 – 4th with a score of 110.750

Level 10 team

While the athletes competed as a team they also achieved individual all-around successes:



All Around


Level 6 – Senior A

Sophie Frater – 1st

Alexa Giannini – 3rd


Level 6 – Senior B

Jessica Giles – 1st

Sophia Nizalik – 2nd

Amy DeSousa – 3rd

Alyssa Capogna – 4th

Temisia van Biljouw – 5th

Jessica Reddin – 6th


Level 7 – Senior A

Jesselyn Hale – 1st

Chloe Lin – 2nd

Sophie Wax – 4th


Level 7 – Senior B

Aleya Morin – 1st

Meghan O’Mara – 2nd

Dana Postenka – 3rd

Julia Bullied – 4th

Isabelle Kagawa – 9th


Level 8 – Junior B

Kylie Turpin – 1st

Effie Ferguson – 2nd

Mackenzie Steele – 6th


Level 8 – Senior

Chloe Scheel – 1st

Claire Platnar -2nd

Alena Beniamin – 3rd

Kailyn Wright – 4th

Sara Cristiano – 5th


Level 9 – Junior A

Rachel Simpson – 3rd

Jillian Sternloff – 8th


Level 9 – Junior B

Kayla Sanidad – 1st

Sarah Hu – 4th

Lyndsey De Guzman – 5th

Justina Skalskyte – 10th


Level 9 – Senior

Hannah Gula – 3rd

Lexi McCormack – 6th


Level 10 – Child

Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso – 6th T

Alexandria Kline – 10th


Level 10 – Junior A

Madeline Straker – 4th

Maya Fernando – 5th


Level 10 – Junior B

Kathryn Doran – 8th

Piera Rooke – 10th


Level 10 – Senior

Melissa Temkov – 2nd

Serena Baker – 6th


Full Results can be found at


Congratulations to all the Ontario ATHLETES AND COACHES!!!



What is next for Team Ontario?


Eastern Canadian Championship and Canadian Championships – Team Ontario will be selected from the Ontario Championships competition, April 7-10, 2016 to participate in the Eastern Canadian Championships, May 6-8, 2016, in Quebec, and Canadian National Championships, May 31- June 5 2016, in Edmonton, AB.


We look forward to these upcoming events!

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