More gold for Halifax gymnast Ellie Black at Elite Canada

More gold for Halifax gymnast Ellie Black at Elite Canada

February 10

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta., -- Not content with an easy romp to the women’s senior all around title earlier in the competition, Halifax gymnast Ellie Black picked up right where she left off in the apparatus finals on Sunday, winning three of four events.
Black, a key member of Canada’s record-breaking women’s 2012 Olympic team, placed first on vault, uneven bars and beam and just missed a gold medal sweep when Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., came out ahead by two-tenths of a point in the floor final.
Moors, the 2012 Canadian floor champion and a teammate of Black’s on the Olympic team, scored 14.200 points to win the gold on floor.
Black had to settle for silver with a score of 14.000.
Next to Black, the gymnast with the most trips to the podium in the senior event was Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., who won silver in the all around and individual bronze on vault, uneven bars and floor.
“Maegan has really worked on her competitiveness,” said national women’s team director Kyna Fletcher of Vancouver. “She’s grown quite a bit recently and has adjusted very well.”
In the junior event, no single gymnast dominated with a different winner on each apparatus in the event finals.
All around winner Shallon Olsen of Coquitlam, B.C., added gold on vault and silver on floor to cap a strong performance for the reigning Canadian junior champion.
Other gold medal winners were Aleeza Yu of Richmond Hill, Ont., on uneven bars, Rose-Kaying Woo of La Prairie, Que., on beam and Heaven Latimer of Burford, Ont., on floor.
Sydney Townshend of Conestoga, Ont., the 2012 Canadian novice champion, came through with a strong performance in her debut as a junior, earning a silver medal on vault and a bronze on floor.
“We saw a lot of very good performances in the junior competition,” said Fletcher. “It shows the depth of the program. It’s a strong crop of gymnasts for sure and a really motivated group. Everybody knows they’re being chased."