Next generation gymnasts set sights on 2016 Olympics at Elite Canada in Sherwood Park

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2013
 

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SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA - In the first major competition on home turf since the 2012 Olympics, Canada’s top gymnasts are set to begin the long road to the next Summer Games at the upcoming Elite Canada meet to be held in Sherwood Park February 8-10.

The Alberta Gymnastics Federation, Capital City Gym Club and the Salto Gymnastics Club in conjunction with Gymnastics Canada are proud to host the Elite Canada 2013 Men and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, AB.

“This event will showcase the best athletes from across the country”, says Alberta Gymnastics Federation President & CEO Scott Hayes. “It is one of the premier gymnastics events of the 2013 season with several of the athletes in attendance building towards a Canadian Championship appearance.”

One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the return to competition of three members of Canada’s record-breaking women’s Olympic team: Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., and Ellie Black of Halifax.
At the London Games Moors (Dynamo), Pegg (Bluewater), and Black (Alta), along with teammates Kristina Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., (Gemini) and Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C. (Flicka), became the first Canadians to qualify for an Olympic team final, ultimately placing 5th in a best-ever result.
Alberta will see 8 of our own women’s artistic athletes competing this weekend: Senior Emily Lennon (Gymtastics), Juniors Mackenzie Parker (Gymtastics), Aleska Law (Calgary Gym Centre) and Sydney Soloski (Calgary Gym Centre), and Novices Meaghan Ruttan (Calgary Gym Centre), Madeline McLellan (Calgary Gym Centre), Alyson Arcand (Capital City Gym Club), and Jordyn Sellin (Norfort Gym Club).

Recently appointed men’s national team director Tony Smith of Calgary wants to take a good look at younger gymnasts such as Teagan Marsden from Capital City, and Ryan Oehrlein Milton, Ont., (Gold Medal Gymnastics).
After Canada just missed qualifying a full five-man group for the 2012 Olympics, Smith is focused on rebuilding the team as the next four year cycle begins to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
“The guys are going to have to pick it up,” says Smith. “When I look at international results I’m going to be more concerned about the content of their routines than where they place.”
Elite Canada, which also includes age group competitions in the tyro and argo classes for boys and novice and junior for girls. 

Competition begins Friday and runs through Sunday daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Tickets for all sessions can be purchased cash only at the door of Millennium Place; Adult Day Pass: $8.00, 2 day Meet Pass: $15.00, Sunday WAG finals: $8.00 Student / Senior Day Pass: $5.00 (Student = ages 6-18 or valid student ID card) Family Day Pass: $20.00 2 day Meet Pass: $35.00, Sunday finals: $20.00 (Family = 2 Adults & 2-4 Student/Seniors).

For more information on the event please visit
http://www.abgym.ab.ca/artistic_elite_canada_2013/
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact Molly Fang, AGF Communications Director   
T: 403.212.5729    Email: comm@abgym.ab.ca