Halifax’s Alex Watters wins Junior 16-17 All Around Competition
HALIFAX, NS (February 3, 2017) – The first day of the Elite Canada men and women’s artistic gymnastics competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia has come to an end, crowning four champions overall including two in the men’s junior all-around competition as well as both men’s and women’s senior all-around competition.
In the junior 14-15 men’s competition, it was Evgeny Siminiuc from Futures Gymnastic who captured the gold followed by Felix Dolci of Laval Excellence and Dorian Doan also of Futures Gymnastic club. Junior competition includes physical abilities testing in addition to the all-around competition; the scores are combined from both events to determine the winner. Halifax’s own Alexander Watters from the Alta Gymnastics Club took top prize in the junior 16-17 men’s event. Watters was followed closely by Darren Wong and Chris Kaji, both of the Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics club.
In senior women’s action, it was Jade Chrobok of Gemini Gymnastics winning the gold medal with a final score of 52.917. Chrobok, who was crowned the junior women’s all-around champion last year, had top marks on the uneven bars and beam to help secure the victory. “I’m happy,” said Chrobok about the results following competition. “It’s my first major competition of the year and I was comfortable. I had a couple injuries in the past so for me it was just about feeling the equipment and getting back into a routine. I don’t really look at the results, I just did my best during the competition and then see what happens.”
Megan Phillips of Club Gymnix finished in second place scoring 51.100 and rounding out the podium was Brooklyn Moors of Dynamo Gymnastics with a score of 50.550.
“I think we were anticipating a bit more stability in the performances overall but it’s early in the cycle,” said women’s artistic gymnastics national team director, Dave Brubaker. “The girls are resting after the Olympics so we don’t have all of our top athletes here, but it’s nice to see some of the older juniors moving up to senior this year and still doing well. We’ll have a lot of new girls to add to the pool for selection for the 2020 [Olympic] games later in the cycle.”
The senior men’s competition was dominated by René Cournoyer of Gimnika Gymnastics, who finished first on three apparatuses to win the all-around title with a final score of 80.400. Cournoyer was also the champion in last year’s all-around senior competition and was thrilled with the repeat victory. “It’s awesome! I’m pretty proud,” he said. “It has been a very great night. I’m going to try a few new skills [for the apparatus finals], so I’ll try to keep the same momentum and energy as today and it’ll probably go well.”
Jeremy Bartholomeusz of Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club finished in second place with a score of 75.600. “I’m pretty ecstatic about my performance,” he said at the end of competition. “My plan was to come in here and hit my routines and I’m proud of myself. It feels fantastic competing in front of a home crowd and getting friends and family out to watch is a great experience.” Samuel Gaudet-Pellerin of Centre Père Sablon finished with the bronze medal scoring 71.300 overall.
“For the first competition in the new code of points, I thought we were a little rough as a group,” said men’s artistic gymnastics national team director, Tony Smith. “There was some really good levels of difficulty attempted and I’d rather see them working on the new things now instead of waiting until the last second to try and upgrade. There were some really bright spots, the team needs a lot of work but I think right now we’re at least on the right track.”
Competition continues tomorrow with novice and junior women’s all-around finals as well as junior and senior men’s apparatus finals.
For all the competition results, click here.
To stream the competition online, click here.
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