Caitlin Brown wins silver in double mini at Indo Pacific Trampoline and Tumbling Championships
SYDNEY, Australia -- Canada’s next generation of trampoline athletes has racked up 13 medals so far, including six gold, at the Indo Pacific Championships with a few more up for grabs Saturday on the final day of competition.
Rising star Keevin Madigan of Toronto relied on consistency through prelims and the final to win Canada’s only individual trampoline medal after three days of competition, topping the field in the men’s 15-16 age group.
Madigan, the 2012 Canadian junior champion, scored a total of 144.900 points to place first in a field of 20 competitors from Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Cam Quinland of Vancouver, the only other Canadian in the competition, placed 8th.
“It’s a great competition and a lot of fun,” said Madigan, who is aiming for a spot at the Youth Olympics in 2014.
“I’ve had to learn to focus and stay relaxed when I compete because I was too intense before,” said Madigan, who also is tied for the lead with teammate Kyle Carragher of Vancouver in double mini trampoline heading into Saturday’s final.
Along with the world age group championships last year in Birmingham, England and the Nissan Cup last June in Switzerland, Madigan rates the Indo Pacific Championships as biggest international events so far in his career.
The championships are held every two years attracting athletes from non-European countries in various age classes.
Most of Canada’s medals at this year’s event have come in the double mini competition with three gold, three silver and two bronze.
Winning double mini gold were Duncan Blais of Vancouver in the men’s 11-12 age group, Danielle Gruber in the women’s 13-14 class, and Dennis Oppenlander of Regina in the men’s 17 and over division.
Other double mini medal winners in various age groups were Emma Tucker of Kelowna, B.C., (silver, 13-14 women), Caitlin Brown of Calgary (silver, 17 and over women), Jordyn Miller-Burko of Toronto (senior women), Conner Richardson (bronze, men’s 17 and over), and Poppy Quinlan of Vancouver, bronze, women’s 17 and over).
In the tumbling events, Carragher and Jared Khalifa finished 1-2 in the men’s 15-16 age group, Tamara O’Brien of Vancouver won gold in the women’s 15-16 division and Erin Templeton of Regina earned silver in the women’s 17 and over event.
The competition ends on Saturday with the remaining finals in individual, syncho and double mini trampoline.