Canadian trampoline gymnastics athletes announced for 2017 World Games
CALGARY, AB (May 7, 2017) – Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce the names of the athletes and coaches nominated to represent Canada in trampoline gymnastics at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland from July 20th to 30th.
The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. Aerobic, acrobatic, and rhythmic gymnastics will also be contested at the Games but Canada has not qualified any athletes in these disciplines.
“Canada earned our berths by making finals at the 2015 World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships in Denmark,” said Stephan Duchesne, High Performance Director for trampoline gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “These athletes have worked really hard since then, putting in consistently high-ranking performances to earn their spots. The World Games are an amazing opportunity for these athletes and coaches to perform against the world’s best and I’m confident we are going to see some great performances.”
Who: 3 athletes, 2 coaches
What: 2017 World Games – an international multi-sport event for sports and disciplines that are not contested at the Olympic Games
Where: Wroclaw, Poland
When: July 20 – 30, 2017
EVENT: Women’s Double Mini-Trampoline (DMT)
RESIDENCE: Coquitlam, BC
HOMETOWN: Coquitlam, BC
CLUB: Shasta Trampoline
Coach: Curt De Wolff
First time competing at the World Games… 2016 Canadian Senior Champion in DMT… 2016 Senior Pan American Championships – GOLD (Team DMT); SILVER (Ind. DMT)… 2015 World Championships – GOLD (Team DMT); 9th (Ind. DMT).
QUOTE: “I am so excited and honoured. It’s such an amazing opportunity and it’s really the highest event that you can go to in this sport and to be named to this team is something I’m really grateful for, and I’m really excited to represent Canada.”
EVENTS: Men’s Double-Mini-Trampoline (DMT); Men’s Tumbling (TUM)
RESIDENCE: Ancaster, ON
HOMETOWN: Calgary, AB
CLUB: Dynamo Gymnastics
COACH: Denis Vachon
STATS: Competed at 2013 World Games, finished 6th in TUM… 5-time Canadian Champion in men’s TUM (2012-2016)… 2015 Canadian Champion in men’s DMT; Silver in 2016… 2016 Senior Pan American Championships – GOLD (TUM); SILVER (DMT); GOLD (Team DMT)… 2016 World Cup China – 4th (TUM); 2015 World Championships – SILVER (Team DMT); 5th (Team TUM); 12th (TUM); 19th (DMT)… 2014 World Cup Belarus – BRONZE (TUM).
QUOTE: “I’m thrilled to be named to my second World Games team. Getting to compete in both tumbling and DMT this time makes it that much better than the first Games. Since we earned the spots at the World Championships in 2015, the focus has been on solidifying the spots to get to compete. With that achieved, it will be exciting now to get to prep for the competition in the coming months.”
EVENT: Women’s Tumbling (TUM)
RESIDENCE: Mississauga, ON
HOMETOWN: Etobicoke, ON
CLUB: Dynamo Gymnastics
COACH: Denis Vachon
STATS: First time competing at the World Games… 3-time Canadian Champions in women’s TUM (2009, 2015, 2016)… 2016 World Cup China – 4th (TUM); 2015 World Championships – 7th (TUM); 2014 World Cup Belarus – GOLD (TUM)… First Canadian women to land a full, full, straight in competition.
QUOTE: “I am incredibly excited and proud to be named to the World Games team for this year. I’ve worked really hard with the thought of the Games in the back of my mind at all times, so to have the confirmation that I’ve been named is an unimaginable feeling. I’ve been training as if I was chosen, and I can’t wait to represent Canada and show everyone the hard work I’ve put in.”
Denis Vachon, Guelph, ON – Team Coach
Curt De Wolff, New Westminister, BC – Personal Coach
July 20: Team departs Canada
July 25: Qualifications & Finals – Women’s TUM; Qualifications & Finals – Men’s DMT
July 26: Qualifications & Finals – Men’s TUM; Qualifications & Finals – Women’s DMT
July 27: Team returns to Canada
CANADIAN TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS MEDAL TOTALS AT WORLD GAMES (From 1981 – 2013):
7 Gold, 4 Silver, 8 Bronze
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