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(Posted 7:30 a.m., April 30)
Young Tumblers enjoy medal haul at provincial championships

By Mike Beasley
Orléans Online

Tumblers gymnast Samuel Cain, 9, displays the bevy of medals he won at the provincial championships in Windsor. All told, Tumblers gymnasts won 24 medals and 23 ribbons in the competition. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Tumblers Gymnastic Centre was front and centre when several of its young members attended and came back winners at the 2018 Ontario Championships.

From April 5-8, a total of 22 Tumblers gymnasts (14 male, 8 female) made the eight-hour trek to Rose City Gymnastics in Windsor, Ontario.

“I was very proud of our overall performance in Windsor,” said Josh Loucks, who serves double duty as the manager of Tumblers men’s artistic and trampoline programs.

“We (Tumblers) have placed more emphasis on development and coaching along with working for and achieving better results with each event the gymnastic centre attends,” says Loucks.

On the men’s side, nine-year-old Samuel Cain was the big winner, finishing in a tie as the All-Around Champion in the Level 1 category.

The young Orléans resident instantly became a provincial champion after placing first in the parallel bars with a perfect routine score of 10.00, a second in floor exercise, third in vault and a pair of fourth place finishes on rings and the horizontal bar helped to catapault him into first place in the all-round standings.

He also placed 7th on pommel horse, giving him an all-round score of 54.69 which is determined by the combined results of all six events.

“It was the best day of my life,” the jovial youngster spouted. “I had hoped to do well at the tournament and thought what it may be like to win but nothing compares to hearing your name called.”

Another Tumbler gymnast, 14-year old Christopher Farley, earned himself a trip to the 2018 Eastern Canadian Champ-ionships next month by finishing third on the pommel horse and fifth in the all-round standings in Level 5.

“My strong performance in pommel horse definitely helped my cause because I was so-so in the five other activities,” admitted Farley, who will compete as a member of Team Ontario. “I’m excited to be able to participate in the Eastern Canadian championship. I will do my best to prepare for the event and represent Tumblers.”

Beside Cain and Farley, several other Tumbler gymnasts came back with medals to boast about. In total they won 24 medals and 23 ribbons with every boy making it to the podium (Top 8) at least once.

Other notables include Artemy Kharitonov who placed first in parallel bars, first in pommel horse, and first in high bar to earn himself a spot on the Level 1 podium in third place overall.

Also at Level 1, Louis Ruest placed third on floor; Sulivan Gilchrest won the vault and placed second on pommel horse; and Kieran Rosselli placed second on floor.

In Level 2, Jacob Newton finished second in the All Around competition with a first in pommel horse and a trio of thirds in floor, rings and vault.

Joseph Gaudreau rode a number one showing in vault and a second place performance on rings to finish third place in the All Around standings behind Newton. And Logan Legg placed second in vault and third in both the pommel horse and parallel bars, also in Level 2.

On the women’s side, Tumbler gym- nasts earned three medals and nine ribbons, including a first place Level 6 floor performance by Clara Ball. Mackenzie Nauss earned top spot in vault and fourth All Around. Finally, Julie Bica placed third in Level 8 parallel bars.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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