Fifteen gymnasts nominated to Canadian Olympic team
Fifteen gymnasts were nominated to the Canadian Olympic team on Friday on a sizzling hot summer afternoon outside the National Gallery in Ottawa.
“This will be my fourth consecutive Olympic Games, but it will be as exciting, as meaningful, as important as Sydney, Athens and Beijing,” said three-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn. “We will continue to work hard. We are training to ensure we cover every single little detail in our preparation.”
“It’s great to welcome these athletes to our team, class of 2012,” said Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“Together we’re building a team that is driven, determined and defiant. With London just around the corner, I know the athletes are raring to go!”
Gymnastics Canada’s 15 nominees spanned men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and men’s and women’s trampoline. By discipline the nominees are:
Artistic Gymnastics: Nathan Gafuik, Calgary, Kristina Vaculik, Whitby, Ont., Victoria Moors, Cambridge, Ont., Brittany Rogers, Coquitlam, B.C., Dominique Pegg, Sarnia, Ont., Ellie Black, Halifax.
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Katrina Cameron, Rosie Cossar, Alexandra Landry,Anastasiya Muntyanu, Anjelika Reznik; and Kelsey Titmarsh, all from Toronto.
Trampoline: Karen Cockburn, Rosie MacLennan, and Jason Burnett, all from Toronto.
“Today, the dreams of a lifetime are brought one step closer to reality for these outstanding young gymnasts,” said Jean Paul Caron, President and CEO of Gymnastics Canada. “It’s very rewarding to be nominating them to the Canadian Olympic Team. We’re very proud of what they’ve achieved to date and know that their continued excellence will serve as an inspiration to others pursing their Olympic dreams.”
“The eyes of the world will be on London this summer and our Canadian athletes will shine in the spotlight,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “My congratulations to our excellent new nominees who, as part of the Canadian Olympic Team, will help us toward our ambitious goal of Top 12 in 2012.”