Women's Provincial Tour Selection - Belleville, ON
Women's 1st Provincial Qualifier - Orangeville, ON
The North Bay Gymtrix Women’s Provincial level team competed in two high profile competitions during the past month.Rebecca Hubley, Jesslynn Emms, Tihana Draves and Emily Mah competed in the Ontario Tour Selection competition in Belleville earlier in November. This meet determines the Team Ontario members who will be traveling with Gymnastics Ontario to compete in the Grand Invitational competition in Phoenix, Arizona in January. There were close to 70 gymnasts vying for the Level 6 (13 years and older) team.Although the girls did not qualify for Team Ontario, there were some impressive results considering that this was the first experience at Tour Selection for all four gymnasts who are age and level eligible as of this season. Rebecca Hubley performed a near flawless Balance Beam routine which scored a 9.65 from a possible 10.0 which was good enough to be awarded the Bronze medal. Early on in the meet, Emily Mah was sitting in the top spot however an uncharacteristic error on bars, dropped her to a 10th place overall. Mah tied for 10th place overall with teammate Tihana Draves. Mah also finished with a 7th place on Vault. Jesslynn Emms was 14th place on the Floor Exercise. Gymtrix Team coaches Tara Alger and Marc Pilon were extremely pleased with the results. Alger quoted "Tour Selection is a very large competition and held very early in the season. Hitting top 10 on any of the four events at an Ontario Selection competition is a huge accomplishment especially considering that we are up against the best of the best. We still have some work to do, but each gymnast is right in the mix".On November 29, all six members of the Gymtrix Women’s Provincial level team competed at the first of three qualifiers which was held in Orangeville. Competing in the Level 6 - 16+ category were teammates Rebecca Hubley and Jesslynn Emms. Hubley won up a pair of silver medals on the balance beam and floor exercise. Hubley also picked up a bronze medal on the vault and was 4th in the all around. Emms was 5th on the vault and 6th in the all around. In the Level 6 13+ category, Emily Mah was the silver medalist on the uneven bars and was 8th in the all around against a strong field of 25. Tihana Draves Level 6 age 14/15 just missed the podium with a 4th place on the uneven bars. Holli Armstrong Level 6 age 12 had two 8th place finishes on the vault and balance beam. Vanessa Perrault Level 6 age 11 tumbled her way to a 10th place on the floor exercise. The team will attend two additional Qualifying competitions this season to determine the top 32 athletes in each category who will move forward to Ontario Championships in May.
Gymtrix competes at Disney World
ESPN - Wide World of Sports – Disney World – Orlando, FLA
February 13-16, 2015
Six members from the North Bay Gymtrix Gymnastics team traveled to Orlando Florida this past weekend to compete in one of the largest Invitational gymnastics competitions held in the U.S. The Presidential Classic, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports venue on the Disney site, attracted over 3,000 gymnasts of all ages and levels from twenty seven countries. Twelve year old Emily Mah brought home three medals after competing in the Level 5 division. Mah was the Silver medalist on Vault and the Bronze winner on Beam. She was also the Bronze medalist All Around (all four event scores combined).In the Level 6 division –ages 13 and 14 years, Tihana Draves won the Silver medal for her Uneven Bar routine while team mate Katie Robertson won the Silver medal for Vault. Draves and Robertson were 6th and 7th respectively in the All Around group standings. Kate Mah was 6th place on Vault and finished 8th All Around. Eleven year old Emma Robertson was 5th place on Vault and finished in 8th place All Around in the Level 5 category.Ten year old Jack Mah, competing for the first time in a competition of this caliber, narrowly missed a top three finish on Floor Exercise by only a few tenths. His score of 9.65 in the Level 5 group landed him in 4th place on Floor among a group of experienced competitors. Mah was also 9th place on Vault.
There were many highlights from the competition including the presence of legendary gymnast Svetlana Boginskaya from the Soviet Union who was the medal presenter at the Level 6 Awards Ceremony. Famously known as the “Goddess of Gymnastics” in the late eighties, Boginskaya was a three-time Olympic Champion, winning an individual Gold medal in Vault at the 1988, and team Golds in 1988 and 1992.
Melina Levasseur Triple Medalist at Provincial Qualifier
Women’s Ontario Provincial Qualifying Competition
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Thirteen year old Melina Levasseur from the Gymtrix Women’s Provincial team was a triple medalist this past weekend at the second of three Ontario qualifying rounds leading up to Provincial Championships later this season. Levasseur’s score of 9.575 in the Level 6 category on Balance Beam came was the top score earning her a Gold medal on that event. On the Vault event, she was the Silver medalist narrowly missing the Gold medal finish by less than two tenths. After strong performances on all four apparatus, Levasseur finished in Silver place overall (all four event scores combined). Levasseur has one Qualifying competition remaining which will be held in Ottawa in a few weeks.
Emily Mah has Gold Medal Sweep
Muskoka Classic Invitational Competition
Friday, February 6, 2015
The Gymtrix Invitational Girls team competed at the Muskoka Classic this past weekend and came home with a medal haul in tow. Twelve year old Emily Mah had an amazing Gold medal sweep in the Level 5 division. She was the top winner for Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor and Overall. Rebecca Hubley also hit the podium five times in the Level 6 (14 years and older) category. She was the Overall champion winning Gold medals for Bars, Beam and Floor as well as a Bronze medal for Vault. In the Level 4 category, ten year old Vanessa Perrault was the Overall Gold medalist. Perrault also brought home a Gold medal for Bars, a Silver medal for both Vault and Floor, and a Bronze medal for Beam. Thirteen year old Victoria Desfosses was a double Gold winner in the Level 6 division. She was the top winner on Floor as well as Overall. Desfosses was a Silver medalist on Bars and Beam. Ten year old Claire Cousineau was the Gold medal winner on Vault in the Level 4 category. Cousineau’s Silver medals on Bars and Beam as well as the Bronze earned on Floor helped her cinch the Silver medal Overall. Adelaide Mitchell was the Gold medalist on Floor in the Level 4 (11 year old) division. Mitchell also won Silver medals for Vault and Bars helping her to finish with the Silver medal Overall.
Tihana Draves won a Gold medal for her performance on Bars. She was the Silver medalist Overall after also earning a Silver place on Floor and a Bronze place on Vault. Eleven year old gymnast Holli Armstrong was the Silver medalist Overall in the Level 4 group after clinching Silver medals on Vault and Beam and the Bronze medal for Floor. Emma Robertson was the top winner on Floor in the Level 5 (11 year old) category. Robertson also claimed the Silver medal for Vault and the Bronze medal Overall. Mya Cousineau was the Gold medalist on Beam and the Silver medalist on Floor in the Level 6 (13 year old) group. Fourteen year old Kate Mah had a triple medal day earning Bronze medals for Bars and Floor as well as Overall. Katie Robertson was the Gold medal recipient for Vault in the Level 6 (14+) division. Avery Newman earned a Silver medal for an outstanding performance on Beam. Jesslynn Emms was the Silver medalist on Floor in the Level 6 (14 +) category
The Gymtrix Provincial and Invitational level competitors are coached by a team of coaches including Tara Alger, Robyn Grigg, Erin Grigg, Marc Pilon, Nicki Chretien and Bill Rhoads.
SUNSHINE CLASSIC 2014 RESULTS
Gymtrix Boys win medals in Vaughan
22nd Vaughan Gymnastics Invitational
May 2, 2014
The Gymtrix boys team competed this past weekend at the 22nd Annual Vaughn Gymnastics Invitational which hosted over 200 boys competing in various age groups and levels.Alex Summersby brought home five medals including Gold on Pommel Horse, Silver on Floor Exercise and Bronze on Vault, Parallel Bars and All Around (all event scores combined) in the Interclub 3 (ages 9 to 11 years) division. In the same category, Jack Mah won the Bronze medal on Rings and placed 4th on Pommel Horse and 6th All Around. In the Interclub 3 (ages 12 years and up) category, Stephane Thibeault was 5th on Vault and 6th on High Bar.Coach Bill Rhoads stated “It was a great competition and we always enjoy attending this meet each year. The boys have the opportunity to compete with some of the best in the Province and they competed well. They have improved a great deal during this season and are now looking forward to the last meet of the year, that being are own Sunshine Classic being held up at Nipissing University May 30-June 1.”
Hubley competes at Provincials
Windsor – April 6, 2014
Rebecca Hubley from North Bay Gymtrix competed this past weekend in Windsor after qualifying for Provincial Championships early this season. After a series of qualifying meets, the top 32 athletes in each division move on to the championships. Hubley, a first time provincial level gymnast this season, was in 28th place leading into the finals. She managed to move her ranking up to a 15th place on Floor Exercise and a 16th on Vault. “This is a phenomenal improvement in ranking order in a short period of time” said coach Tara Alger.
Ken Irwin competes at 3rd Qualifier
Toronto – April 5, 2014
Ken Irwin from North Bay Gymtrix improved his overall ranking at the 3rd Ontario Cup this past weekend at Just Bounce Club in Toronto. He placed 13th in the Mens Provincial 3 category. Irwin qualified for Provincial Championships earlier this season which will be held in a few weeks.
Medal Haul for Gymtrix Girls and Boys
Sudbury – March 29-30, 2014
Gymnasts from North Bay Gymtrix Girls and Boys teams competed this past weekend in Sudbury at the Annual Gymzone Raise the Bar Challenge. The competition attracted over 300 athletes from various Ontario clubs.On the Womens side In the Level 4 division, nine year old Claire Cousineau hit the podium 5 times earning a Gold medal on Vault, Silver on Uneven Bars, Bronzes on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise and a Silver Medal Overall (all four event scores combined). In the Level 4 – 10 year old category, Emma Robertson earned a total of four Bronze Medals for her routines on Bars, Beam and Floor landing her in the Bronze place Overall. Thirteen year old Kate Mah won three medals in the Level 4 – 13 year old division including two Gold medals for her performances on Vault and Balance Beam and also earned the Bronze medal Overall. Mya Cousineau also hit the top of the podium after winning the Gold Medal on Balance Beam in the Level 4 – 12 year old division. Cousineau also earned a Bronze medal for her Vault performance.Eleven year old Emily Mah was the Gold medal winner for the best score on Vault in the Level 4 category and ten year old Adelaide Mitchell earned a Gold Medal for her exceptional Level 4 Floor routine. Holli Armstrong was the Silver medalist for Vault in the Level 4 – ten year old division and team mate Vanessa Perreault was the recipient of a Bronze medal for Vault in nine year old division. Fourteen year old Avery Newman competed in a tough category which combined all Level 4 athletes over 14 years. Newman finished with an 8th place on Uneven Bars. In the Level 6 division, age groups were combined to include athletes 12 years and up. Twelve year old Victoria Desfosses won two Bronze medals for her Vault and Floor routine performances. Team mate Kate Robertson who is 13 years old, finished with a 4th place on Vault and 6th place on Beam. Fourteen year old Rebecca Hubley, had a 4th place finish on Uneven Bars and a 5th place on Vault and Floor Exercise.In the boys competition, Alex Summersby and Stephane Thibeault shared the top of the podium Overall in the Level 3 Interclub –all ages division. Summersby also won Gold medals on Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars as well as Silver medals on Rings and Vault. Thibeault won a pair of Gold medals on Rings and Vault and a Bronze medal on High Bar. Jack Mah brought home three Silver medals for Floor Exercise, Parallel Bars and High Bar and a Bronze Medal Overall.
Gymtrix Girls Earn Medals in Mississauga
Mississauga – March 15, 2014
Gymnasts from North Bay Gymtrix Girls team competed this past weekend at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The competition attracted athletes from as far away as Halifax. Thirteen year old Kate Mah won three medals in the Level 4 division including the Gold medal for her performance on Floor Exercise. She also brought home a Bronze medal for her Uneven Bar routine and finished with a Bronze medal Overall (all four event scores combined). Twelve year old Victoria Desfosses won a total of four medals in the Level 6 category. She was the Silver medalist on both Vault and Floor and the Bronze winner on Uneven Bars and Overall. Mya Cousineau also hit the top of the podium after winning the Gold Medal on Floor Exercise in the Level 4 – 12 year old division. She also earned a Bronze medal for her Balance Beam performance. Other podium finishes include Level 6 gymnast Katie Robertson who finished with a Silver medal on Balance Beam. Ten year old Adelaide Mitchell earned a Bronze medal on Floor Exercise and nine year old Claire Cousineau was the Silver medalist on Vault in the Level 4 category. Emily Mah narrowly missed a medal on Uneven Bars with a fourth place finish.
MEDALS FOR GYMTRIX BOYS
Ninja-Nastics Boys Invitational
March 1, 2014
The Gymtrix boys brought home multiple medals from their first gymnastics competition of the season held in Ajax this past weekend. Alex Summersby was the Gold Medal winner Overall in the Level 3 interclub (8 and 9 years) division at the Ninja-Nastics Boys Gymnastics Invitational. Summersby also finished in the Gold position on Parallel Bars, Silver on Rings, Vault and High Bar and Bronze on Floor and Pommel Horse. In the same division, team mate Jack Mah ended up just behind Alex with a Bronze medal Overall. Mah was the Gold medalist on Rings, Silver medalist on Floor and also brought home a pair of Bronzes in Vault and High Bar. Coach, Bill Rhoads, commented that “The boys had a great showing for the first competition out of the gate. We have been working on many new skills and the boys are excited to be incorporating them into their routines.” The next boys competition will be held at the end of March in Sudbury.
Near Perfect Score for Desfosses from Gymtrix
Muskoka – February 21, 2014
Gymnasts from North Bay Gymtrix Girls team competed in one of the largest competitions of the season this past weekend in Bracebridge hosted by the Muskoka Limberettes. The 3rd Provincial Qualifier coupled with an Invitational competition attracted athletes from all over Ontario. Twelve year old Victoria Desfosses and her coaches from Gymtrix could hardly believe their eyes when a 9.9 score out of a possible 10.0 was flashed after her Balance Beam performance. Desfosses earned the highest score of the weekend – quite an accomplishment considering there were 750 athletes competing in multiple categories over the three days of competition. Adding to her Gold medal on Balance Beam, were Gold medals for Vault and Floor Exercise. Gold medal finishes on three of the four events secured the Overall Level 6 Gold Medal for Desfosses.Other podium finishes include Emily Mah who was a double Gold medal winner, capturing top honours on both Vault and Uneven Bars in the Level 4 – 11 year category. Mya Cousineau also brought home a Gold medal for Vault and a Bronze medal for her performance on Balance Beam in the Level 4 – 12 year category. Kate Mah’s consistent performance on all four events landed her in the Bronze medal position Overall in the Level 4 -13 year category. Nine year old Claire Cousineau brought home a Bronze medal for her Vault performance.Emma Robertson narrowly missed three medal positions with 4th place finishes Beam, Floor and Overall in the Level 4-10 year category. Holli Armstrong finished in 4th place while team mate Adelaide Mitchell finished in 6th place on Vault in the Level 4-10 year division. Newcomer Vanessa Perreault finished with a 5th place on Floor. Avery Newman, now competing in the senior girls age category (14 years and up), had three excellent 8th place finishes in a tough field veteran athletes.
Gymtrix Provincial Girls 3rd Qualifier Results
Muskoka – February 22-23, 2014
Four Gymtrix Provincial level athletes competed in the 3rd Qualifier this past weekend in Muskoka. Caleigh Porter had a 5th place finish on Vault and a 4th place finish on Balance Beam in the Level 6-12 year old category. In the same category, Katie Robertson finished in 6th place on Balance Beam. Melina Levasseur finished 5th on Balance Beam and 6th on both Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise in the Level 6 – 12 year division. Rebecca Hubley was 9th on both Unevens and Floor in the Level 6 – 14 years and up division.Although this was the third and final Qualifier for Gymtrix, there are several Qualifying competitions remaining in Ontario over the next few weeks. Once all the qualifying rounds are complete, the top 32 athletes in each division will be announced and those gymnasts will move forward to Provincial Championships in Windsor.
Ken Irwin from Gymtrix Qualifies for Provincials
Scarborough – February 21-23, 2014Ken Irwin from North Bay Gymtrix has qualified for Provincial Trampoline Championships after competing in the qualifying round in Scarborough this past weekend. Irwin, a Provincial Men’s Level 3 (15 years and over) trampolinist, will compete at the Championships in Whitby in April.
GYMTRIX BOYS INVADE VAUGHAN INVITATIONAL
Six members of the men's artistic team competed at the 21st annual Vaughan gymnastics meet. This is the boy's second meet of the year, and a good opportunity for them to get experience competing against clubs from the greater Toronto area.
Placing third all around in the interclub 2 category was Alex Summersby. Alex came first on parallel bars, second on pommel horse and second on high bar. Alex also received a special award on parallel bars for his dynamic routine. Also competing in the interclub 2 category was Jack Mah. Jack placed first on vault with his well executed from tuck. He also came third on floor and sixth overall. Because of the amount of boys competing in this category, they were split into two groups. In group two, Gymtrix was represented by Simon Gagne. Simon place first on vault with his sky high front tuck. He also came 3rd on parallel bars and placed sixth in the overall.
Moving up to the interclub 3 category, Gymtrix was represented by 3 boys. Brandon Emmerson competed in the 8-10 year old category. Brandon placed 4th on floor and vault, and came 6th overall. Stephane Thibeault and Matthew Fairbarn competed in the 11-12 year old category. Stephane tied for 1st on vault, placed 2nd on rings and parallel bars, 3rd on floor and high bar, and missed out on the bronze overall by 0.4 marks. Matthew placed 3rd on parallel bars, 4th on floor, pommel horse, and vault, and came in 5th overall.
The boys are now gearing up for their home meet, the 15th annual sunshine classic. The meet takes place May 31st-June 2nd at Nipissing University, and will feature close to 600 athletes from across the province.
WILL MITCHELL QUALIFIES FOR PROVINCIALS
The provincial trampoline team recently competed in the 3rd Ontario cup on April 27th and 28th in Burlington.
In the provincial 1 category, Will Mitchell hit the qualifying score necessary to move on to provincials. This will be Mitchell's first provincial championships, which will take place on June 7-9 in Mississauga.
In the provincial 3 category, veteran Ken Irwin had his best competition of the season. He performed 2 solid routines and narrowly missed out on the qualifying score. Ken had a 6th place finish overall.
The next competition for these two will be the sunshine classic. The meet will be taking place on May 31st to June 2nd at Nipissing University. The meet will feature close to 600 athletes from across the province.
Gymtrix Boys Win Medals in Sudbury
Sudbury Gymzone – Sudbury – April 14, 2013
The six member Boys Gymnastics team from Gymtrix competed this past weekend at the Gymzone Centre in Sudbury.
This was the first competition of the season for the boys team. Nine year old Alex Sumbersby walked away from the competition with six medals in total including the Gold for 1st place Overall (all six events combined) in the Interclub 2 category. On the individual events, he won a pair of Gold medals on both Floor Exercise and Parallel Bars. He rounded out his medal haul with triple Silver medals on Rings, Vault and High Bar. Simon Gagne, also a nine year old Interclub 2 gymnast, won five medals and hit the top of the podium twice. He won Gold medals on Pommel Horse as well as for his Vault score. He also won a Silver medal on Floor Exercise and a Bronze medal on Rings. Gagne finished the competition in Silver place Overall. Stephane Thibeault competed in the Interclub 3 category and hit the podium five out of six times on the individual events leading to a Silver medal Overall. Individually, the twelve year old claimed Silver medals on Pommel Horse, Rings and Vault. Thibeault also won Bronze medals on Parallel Bars and High Bar. Jack Mah, the youngest member of the team at eight years old, grabbed two Gold medals on two events in the Interclub 2 division. In addition to his Gold medals on Floor Exercise and High Bar, he also won Silver medals on Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars. He also has a 3rd place podium finish on Vault. Twelve year old Matthew Fairbarn earned four medals including a Silver medal on Pommel Horse. He also won Bronze medals on Floor Exercise, Rings and Vault. Brandon Emmerson competed in the Interclub 3 division and claimed a Silver medal on Pommel Horse and a Bronze medal on Rings.
The Interclub Girls Team is coached by Tara Alger, Robyn Grigg, Olivia Weerdenburg, Nicki Chretien and Bill Rhoads and will wind up their competition season at the club’s own Invitational in May. Gymtrix Sunshine Classic 2013 will be held May 31-June 2, 2013 at Nipissing University and has attracted close to 600 athletes from across Ontario and Quebec. This record breaking event will be the largest gymnastics competition ever hosted in North Bay and will feature Womens, Mens, Masters and Trampoline.
Crouch, 22, started the event at Laval University's Telus Stadium in 12th place and moved up in the standings each day. He was the top national open athlete in the finals on Sunday and was up against 32 of the best in the country. Olympian Jason Burnett, 26, won the competition.
“I didn't expect to be in the top 10, that's for sure,” said a still-smiling Crouch after helping coach a youth class at North Bay Gymtrix on Ferris Drive, Tuesday.
A Chippewa Secondary School graduate of 2008, Crouch is chipping away at a business degree at Nipissing University while trying to juggle work and competition.
Crouch is hoping to continue his success at the provincials in Burlington this weekend, an event he's won before.
But the Gymtrix athlete has his sights set squarely on achieving success at the nationals in Ottawa May 21-26, which just happens to take place a few days after his 23rd birthday.
This season is going a lot better than last year when he had falls at almost every event.
Coach Bill Rhoads said they're now training at Nip U three times a week so Crouch can hone his skills and routines while jumping in a venue with a higher roof.
“With that and training once a week in Sudbury and usually at least once a month at Skyriders Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill (where Burnett and many national team members practise), Keiran has been able to feel a whole lot more comfortable with his routines,” Rhoads said.
He's already won the first and second provincial qualifiers this season, for example.
The goal at the nationals is to hit the “mobility score” level so he can move up and compete at the senior level next year.
Like many student athletes, however, finances are a challenge.
Rhoads said Crouch would benefit from the experience of attending international competitions, as well as events like the Canada Cup in Calgary, Alta., in July.
Interested sponsors can contact Rhoads or Crouch at Gymtrix by calling 705-476-3999 or email: email@example.com.
Scarborough – February 23, 2013
Three time Provincial Trampoline Champion Keiran Crouch from North Bay Gymtrix is continues to own the podium after bringing home the Gold medal from the 2nd Ontario Qualifying competition held this past weekend in Scarborough. This is Crouch’s 2nd Gold medal in a row with 3rd Qualifying competition remaining before Provincial Championships. The scores from Provincial Championships will determine who will advance to National Trampoline Championships to be held in Ottawa in May.
Meghan Spencer wins Silver Medal at 2nd Qualifyer
Ottawa – February 23, 2013
Gymnast Meghan Spencer from North Bay Gymtrix won the Silver medal on Vault this past weekend at the 3rd Ontario Women’s Qualifying competition held in Ottawa. The Eleven year old Level 5 athlete missed winning the Gold medal by one tenth of a point. Spencer also placed 7th on Balance Beam and 7th place Overall.
Melina Levasseur, a Provincial Level 7 gymnast, narrowly missed a podium finish after placing 4th on Vault. Levasseur also had a 5th place finish on Balance Beam and a 4th place finish on Floor Exercise. Victoria Desfosses placed 5th on Uneven Bars, 6th on Vault and 6th on Balance Beam in the Level 5 – 11 year old category. Caleigh Porter finished 7th on Vault, 8th on Uneven Bars and 8th on Floor in the Level 6 – 12 year old category. Competing in the Level 5 – 10 year category, Emma Shea was 8th place on Vault.
The Women’s Artistic team is coached by Nicki Chretien, Bill Rhoads, Tara Alger, Robyn Grigg and Olivia Weerdenburg. Remaining competitions for the Gymtrix Women’s team will include those held in Mississauga, Sudbury, and North Bay.
Belleville – February 16/17, 2013
Eleven members of the North Bay Gymtrix Women’s Interclub Gymnastics team competed on the weekend in Belleville at the Quinte Bay Gymnastics Centre, and seven gymnasts came home with medals including four Golds!
Thirteen year old Rebecca Hubley was the big winner finishing in Silver Place Overall. She was the Gold medal recipient on Vault and took the Silver medal on Bars and the Bronze on Floor in the Level 4 category.
2nd Qualifier - Ontario Gymnastics
Three time Provincial Champion Keiran Crouch clinched the Gold medal this past wekend at the first of three Trampoline Qualifiers held at Skyriders Trampoline Place in Toronto. keiran hist all three oft his routines and with a Degree of Difficulty (D.D,) far superior to his competitors, finished more than eight full marks ahead of the Silver medalist. This is Crouch's second year in the National Open category. Scores from the season's competitions will decide who will move on to National Championships in May and Crouch fully intends to be on that team.
Adam Prins from Gymtrix narrowly missed a Bronze medal at Ontario Trampoline Championships held this past weekend at the University of Toronto campus. The event was hosted by Just Bounce Trampoline Centre from North York. In the preliminary round, Prins competed a compulsory and an optional routine and scored high enough to qualify for the finals. At the championship competition, Prins score was tied with another athlete for the Bronze Medal, however once the tie breaking formula was applied, he was awarded 4th place. Coach Bill Rhoads said, “Adam performed the best three routines of the entire year and we couldn’t be more pleased with his showing at the most important competition of the season.” Prins, a 17 year old graduating student from St. Joseph’s-Sollard Hall, competed in the Mens Provincial A (15 years and older) category. Eleven year old Gracie Bishop competed in the Womens Provincial B (12 years and under) category and finished in 11 place. According to coach Bill Rhoads “Gracie was looking great right up until the end. Unfortunately she over-rotated her final skill and the deduction for the fall kept her from moving forward to the final round. Gracie continues to improve and we will look forward to next time.” This marks the final competition of the season for the Gymtrix team.
It was an extra special weekend for the Gymtrix team as they moved into Memorial Gardens this past weekend. Gymtrix hosted an event that was the ‘first of its kind’ for North Bay. Although the competition is in its 14th year, it was the first time that the event has been held at the Gardens. Over 400 athletes participated in one of twelve rounds which began Friday afternoon and finished late Sunday evening. Over 100 club volunteers, some of which worked upwards of 30 hours over the weekend, were responsible for convening one of the largest Invitational competitions in Ontario. Not only did the club host a first class event according to those who participated, over 40 club athletes, from entry level to Masters took part.
Approximately two weeks before Sunshine Classic, schools attended by our team members were challenged to bring a non-perishable food item as admission to the event with one point per food item awarded to the participating school. Vincent Massey, with nine Gymtrix attending the school was the champion school of the 2012Sunshine Food Bank Schools Challenge. During the last flight of the competition, Amber Livingstone from the North Bay Food Bank was on hand to accept the food donation on behalf of the North Bay Food Bank. As the winning school, Vincent Massey has won a performance at their school by the Gymtrix Team including those athletes who attend the school. Gymtrix team members who attend Vincent Massey include Jack Mah, Emily Mah, Kate Mah, Emma Shea, Caleigh Porter, Emily Drenth, Katie Robertson, Emma Robertson and Holli Armstrong.
In addition to working at the competition, Gymtrix team members also competed during the weekend.
There are four events for the Women including Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. The Men have six events which include Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar. All Around Gold Medal winners of the weekend, claiming the highest achievement possible (all event scores combined) as well as multiple individual event medals in their respective age categories include Melina Levasseur (Level 6), Robyn Grigg (Mixed Masters) and Olivia Weerdenburg (Masters 6/7). All Around Silver Medals in their respective age categories went to Caleigh Porter (Level 5), Kiley Willis (Level 5), Katie Robertson (Level 4), Victoria Desfosses (Level 4), Mya Cousineau (Level 3) and Emily Mah (Level 3). Bronze Medals All Around were claimed by Emma Shea (Level 4), Hanna Shaefer (Level 4) and Brandon Emmerson (Mens Interclub 2).
On individual events, the podium was hit numerous times by Gymtrix athletes. Matthew Fairbarn (Mens Interclub 2) was the top winner with a Gold on Pommel Horst and a Bronze on Parallel Bars. Rebecca Hubley (Level 4) earned a Silver and two Bronzes while Tara Alger (Masters 6/7) won a Gold and two Bronzes. Simon Gagne (Mens Interclub 2) earned a Gold, Silver and a pair of Bronzes. Stephane Thibeault (Mens Interclub 3) won a Silver and a pair of Bronzes while teammate Alex Summersby (Mens Interclub 2) won a Gold and a Silver. Tihanna Draves earned a Silver and a Bronze and Zoey Polhill won a couple of Bronzes. In the Masters categories, club coaches Ken Irwin won two Bronzes (Masters Mixed), Siggy Busch won a Gold medal on Beam and Mike MacMillan, the oldest competitor of the weekend in his 50’s, placed 4th on two events. Darby Paxton (Level 2) won the Gold medal on Floor while Lindsay Jones (Level 7), Meghan Spencer (Level 4), Avery Newman (Level 4), Kate Mah (Level 4), and Zara Sheppard (Level 4) all earned a Silver medal on an event. Bronze event medals went to Corrine Giorgetti (Level 6), Hannah Horsman (Level 5) and Kelsey Murdoch (Level 4). Other placings include Sloane Fabbro (Level 2) with a 4th, Emily Drenth (Level 4) with a 5th and a 6th, Sophia Klotchikhina (Level 3) with a 5th and Jesslynn Emms (Level 5) with a pair of 6th places. In the 7 and 8 year old categories, actual rankings are not permitted according to Gymnastics Ontario rules. Instead, the athletes are given an award based on the range that their scores fall within. Claire Cousineau (Level 2) won a Gold range on Bars, Adelaide Mitchell (Level 2) won a Gold range on Bars and a Silver All Around. Holly Armstrong (Level 2) was in the Gold range on Bars, Melina Chartrand was in the Gold range on Bars and Emma Robertson (Level 3) was Gold on Floor and Silver All Around. In the Boys Demo category, Jack Mah was in the Gold range on two events and finished with Silver All Around. This marks that final competition of the season for Mens and Womens Artistic disciplines. Gracie Bishop and Adam Prins will compete at Trampoline Provincial Championships this weekend at Just Bounce in Toronto. The Mens, Womens and Trampoline teams are coached by Bill Rhoads, Nicki Chretien, Spencer Farrow, Keiran Crouch, Tara Alger, and Robyn Grigg.
The North Bay Gymtrix men's artistic team competed in Vaughn this past weekend at the 20th annual Vaughn Invitational. The competition featured teams from all over Ontario, including Thunder Bay.
In the first flight, Gymtrix was represented by Jack Mah and Alex Summersby. Not yet old enough to receive scores, Jack got compliments from all of the judges on his grace and form. Alex competed in the largest category of the day. He placed 4th on vault, 6th on parallel bars, 6th on rings and 8th overall. These were very good results, considering it was only his second competition.
In the interclub 2 category, Gymtrix was represented by Matthew Fairbarn, Brandon Emmerson, and Simon Gagne. This category was split by age. On the 8-9 year old side, Brandon claimed the gold on vault for a dynamic front tuck. He also came 3rd on floor and 5th overall. Simon earned the bronze for his pommel horse routine, placed 4th on vault and came 8th overall. In the level 2-11 year old category, Matthew earned the gold medal on pommel horse for a well executed routine. He also placed 3rd on floor, vault, parallel bars and 3rd overall.
In the interclub 3 11-12 year old category, Gymtrix was represented by Stephane Thibault. Stephane was the overall silver medalist in his category. He also earned silver medals on rings and high bar and a bronze on pommel horse. Stephane added some level 4 skills to his routines, including a dislocate on rings, and it paid off.
This competition was a warm up for Gymtrix's annual Sunshine classic, which is taking place on June 1-3 at Memorial Gardens. The meet will feature over 400 athletes and has become one of the largest invitational competitions in Ontario. The boys are coached by Keiran Crouch and Spencer Farrow.
3rd Provincial Trampoline Qualifier
April 28, 2012
Burlington BG’s, Burlington On
The Gymtrix Trampoline team competed in the final of three Ontario Qualifiers this past weekend at the Burlington BG’s. Eleven year old Gracie Bishop finished in 6th spot in the Provincial B (12 yrs and under) and has qualified for Ontario Trampoline Provincial Championships to be held in Toronto on June 9th. Adam Prins was 7th in the Provincial A (14 years and older) and previously qualified for Championships earlier this season. Second year competitor Ken Irwin finished in second spot in the Provincial B (14 yrs and older) division. Coach Bill Rhoads is happy with the team’s results “We still have a little work to do before Provincials but with Championships later this season than usual, time is on our side”.
Melina Levasseur from North Bay Gymtrix proudly stepped off the podium with the Silver medal this past weekend at Provincial Championships in Ottawa. Levasseur had the second best score out of 32 finalists in the Level 5 – 10 year old category on Vault and narrowly missed a medal on Floor as well as Overall. A minor unexpected error consisting of a small hand support during her Floor routine cost her 3 tenths of a point and was enough to knock her from a medal position to 10th place on Floor and 9th place Overall. Levasseur’s Silver medal at Ontario Championships makes her North Bay’s highest accomplished female gymnast for this season. Levasseur first had to qualify in a field of almost 70 gymnasts in series of competitions throughout the season. The top 32 athletes moved forward to the four day Championship event held at the new CE Centre in Ottawa hosted by Corona Gymnastics.
“These are exceptional results for a first year Provincial gymnast” said coach Nicki Chretien. “Most athletes do not even qualify for Championships in their first year of Provincial level competition let alone have a podium finish at finals.” Levasseur, a grade 5 student from St. Paul’s school will jump two levels from Level 5 to Level 7 for the club’s annual Sunshine Classic Invitational in June. “Jumping two levels this quickly is very rare. She is young and talented, has a positive attitude and as a result, has a very promising athletic career ahead of her.” Chretien added.
Level 6 gymnast Corrine Giorgetti, the city’s highest Level gymnast to qualify for Provincial Championships this season finished an impressive a 5th place on Floor Exercise and 6th place Overall at the finals this past weekend. With 70 gymnasts in her category this season, Giorgetti had to first qualify in the top 32 Overall placings in order to move forward. “To place this high out of that many athletes is outstanding in the gymnastics world and a wonderful way to finish your competitive career.” Said coach Nicki Chretien. The 17 year old Chippewa Secondary student and former medalist at Provincial Championships will retire at the end of this season as she goes off to University in the Fall. Giorgetti, who took a year off last season while she lived in Toronto, began training again this past September and jumped to Level 6 which requires considerably more difficulty. The long time gymnast from Gymtrix will compete at her last competition as a Provincial gymnast this coming June when the club hosts their annual Invitational at Memorial Gardens. “We have watched Corrine grow up in our gym. She has been decorated with countless awards and achievements in her career and we are incredibly proud of her.” Said coach Bill Rhoads “It is always a bittersweet time when our kids grow up and move on with their lives but we are confident that because of her work ethic and determination she has learned by being an elite athlete for more than half her life, she will be successful at whatever she does in her future endeavors.”
Gymtrix will host Sunshine Classic Invitational June 1-3 at Memorial Gardens featuring over 400 athletes from all over Ontario. Forty athletes from Gymtrix will be participating in the event including Interclub and Provincial level girls and boys.
Keiran Crouch from North Bay Gymtrix was crowned the Ontario Trampoline Champion for the third straight year this past weekend at the Burlington B.G.’s facility. Crouch now has the 2010 Provincial A, 2011 National Novice and 2012 National Open Provincial titles to his name. “The fact that Keiran has moved up to the next division each year and worked his way to the top of the podium each time makes Keiran’s 3rd straight championship nothing less than exceptional and definitely a rare occurrence in our sport.” Crouch is already planning his next leap to the Senior National ranks for next season where he will compete against members of Canada’s National Team, some of who will compete at the London Olympic Games this summer.
In addition to his individual competition, Crouch also competed in the Men’s Novice National Synchronized Trampoline division with a partner that he practices with only occasionally. Crouch and syncrho partner Alexandre Juneau from the Air Gliders Trampoline Club in Cornwall finished as the Ontario Silver medalists. Crouch states “Alex and I planned our routines by email and we each trained our routines on our own since we live in different cities. We then only had 20 minutes to practice together during warmup at Provincials. It was a challenge that we both really had fun with.” Coach Bill Rhoads states “It is not an easy task to pull together a trampoline routine with a partner during warmups and perform it well enough in synchronization to earn the Silver medal. Despite several challenges this year, Keiran has once again represented North Bay with pride and we are all so very proud of him.”
Sudbury Gymzone - Raise the Bar Challenge
April 14/15- 2012
It was a phenomenal weekend for Gymtrix in Sudbury this past weekend as they hit the podium an astounding 79 times at the Gymzone Raise the Bar invitational competition.
The big winners of the weekend, claiming the highest achievement possible which is the All Around Gold medal (all event scores combined) in their respective categories, include Hanna Schaefer, Hannah Horsman, and Emma Shea in the Women’s divisions, and Alex Summersby and Stephane Thibeault in the Men’s divisions. All five category champions were also multiple medal winners on their individual events. Hanna Scheafer, Hannah Horsman and Emma Shea all hit the podium 5 times earning the maximum number of medals possible. Stephane Thibeault achieved the same in the Men’s division, earning 6 individual medals in addition to his Gold overall.
All Around Silver medals as well as a host of individual event medals went to Sophia Klotchikhina, Emily Mah, Victoria Desfosses for the Women and Simon Gagne for the Men. On individual events, Klotchikhina also won the Gold on Vault, Desfosses finished with Gold on Bars and Emily Mah was Silver on Vault.
Bronze All Around medals were claimed by Mya Cousineau, Katie Robertson and Rebecca Hubley for the Women and Brandon Emmerson for the Men. On the separate events, Cousineau won Silver medals on Bars and Beam and a Bronze on Floor while Katie Robertson won the Gold medal on Vault and a Bronze on Floor. Hubley finished with Silver on Vault and Beam.
Matthew Fairbarn won Silver medals on Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars and Bronze medals on Floor and Rings.
Other individual event winners include Meghan Spencer who was the recipient of a Gold medal on Vault and a Bronze medal on Bars. Kate Mah and Avery Newman both earned Bronze medals on Vault and Bars. Zoe Polhill was the Silver medalist on Vault and the Bronze medalist on Bars. Zara Sheppard earned Silver on Bars and Bronze on Beam. Kelsey Murdoch was Silver on Vault while Emily Drenth earned the Bronze medal on Bars. Tihana Draves and Sam Cote both won the Bronze medal on Floor in their respective category. Jesslynn Emms was 5th place on Vault and Beam while newcomer Darby Paxton, competing in her first competition, finished in 5th place on Floor. Lindsay Jones, a Level 7 Provincial gymnast, competed against a combined category of Level 6 to Level 9 Provincial athletes and came 6th place on both Vault and Floor.
In the 7 and 8 year old categories, Emma Roberston earned a Silver and three Bronze range awards. Adelaide Mitchell earned two Silvers and a Bronze. Claire Cousineau finished with a Silver and three Bronze awards and Melina Chartrand was awarded three Bronzes.
Jack Mah competed in the Men’s Demo category.
The Mens and Womens teams are coached by Bill Rhoads, Nicki Chretien, Spencer Farrow, Tara Alger, Keiran Crouch and Robyn Grigg.
In the provincial level divisions, Gymtrix had six athletes representing North Bay. “Gymnasts compete in very large categories so placing in the top ten at this meet is considered to be quite an accomplishment.” said coach Nicki Chretien. Lindsay Jones hit the podium and received the Bronze medal on Vault in the P3 Senior division. She also placed 7th on Floor and 8th on Uneven Bars. In the same category, Corrine Giorgetti placed 6th on Balance Beam and Kiley Willis finished in 7th place on Vault. In the P2 category, Melina Levasseur was 6th overall in a field of 36 athletes. She placed 5th on Balance Beam, 6th on Floor and 7th on Uneven Bars. Team mate Caleigh Porter was 16th on Vault. Also in the P2 category was Jesslynn Emms who placed 15th on Floor Exercise. Jones’ Bronze medal has also earned her a spot on the Gymtrix Wall of Fame where she will join other Gymtrix athletes and alumni who have had podium finishes at either Championships or International competitions over the years.
“The rare opportunity of rubbing shoulders with members of the Russian Junior team as well as our own Canadian 2012 team was a real treat for our girls.” said coach Nicki Chretien. “Not only did they get to see the best in the world, they also had a fantastic weekend competing in their own divisions.”
The team was accompanied by coaches Nicki Chretien, Bill Rhoads and Tara Alger.
Keiran Crouch, a former Artistic competitor, competed for the first time in 2010 as a Senior A trampolinist and WON ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIPS. He then moved up to Novice National for the 2010-11 season and was again crowned Provincial Champion for the second year in a row!
Bracebridge - February 12 & 13, 2011
Muskoka Classic Invitational
Bracebridge - February 11, 2011
The Gymtrix Interclub team competed at the Muskoka Classic and brought home some serious hardware with 38 podium hits in total. Emily Drenth was the big winner in Level 2 (9/10) with five medals to her credit including the Gold medal Overall. She finished with Gold on Bars, Beam and Floor and a Silver on Vault. She was also the recipient of the coveted Special Judges Award for outstanding Floor choreography. Corrine Giorgetti received both the Gold medal and the Special Judges Award for her performance on Vault in the Level 5 (12 ) category. She was the Silver medalist Overall and also grabbed Silvers on both Beam and Floor. Katie Robertson brought home four medals including the Gold on Vault in the Level 3 (10) category and was also recognized with the prestigious Special Judges Award. She also collected a couple of Bronze medals on Beam and Floor helping to put her back on the podium to collect her Silver Overall. Also in the same category, Hannah Schaefer executed a near flawless Floor routine worthy of the Silver medal. Newcomer Mya Cousineau also hit the podium four times and won her first Gold medal of her athetic career for the highest score on Vault in the Level 2 (9/10) category. She finished in the Silver spot Overall after claiming Bronze medals on both Bars and Beam. Meghan Spencer scored four medals in the Level 3 (9) category including the Gold on Floor. She then went on to win the Bronze medals on both Vault and Bars contributing to her Bronze finish Overall. In the Level 4 (9/10) category, triple medalist Melina Lavesseur finished in Silver place Overall after claiming Silvers on Beam and Floor. Teammate Hannah Horsman was the Gold medal winner on Vault and the Silver medalist on Bars. Also in the same division, Caleigh Porter nailed her Beam routine and was awarded with the Gold medal for that event. Zoe Pohill won three medals finishing with the Silver medal Overall in the Level 2 (11/12) category. She also grabbed the Silver medal on Vault and the Bronze medal on Floor. Teammate Avery Newman hit the top of the podium with her Gold medal routine on Bars and also claimed the Bronze medal on Vault. Paige Stockill (Level 3 - 11) vaulted to a Gold medal on that event and also brought home both a Bronze medal for her Bar routine and the Special Judges Award for Beam choreography. First year competitor Brooke Dufrensne (Level 2 - 9/10) brought home a couple of Bronze medals for Vault and Bars. In the same category and also a newcomer, Kate Mah finished with the Overall Bronze medal. Kelsey Murdoch (Level 3 - 13) joined the Gymtrix team this year after many years in recreational. As a first time competitor, she placed 4th on Bars and Beam. Jesslynn Emms placed 4th on both Vault and Floor in the Level 4 (11/12) category. Genna Giorgetti (Level 4 (13 ) placed 4th on Beam and Floor. Sam Cote (Level 2 - 11/12) finished with a 4th on Vault and Beam. Tihanna Draves was 4th on Vault in the Level 3 (9) category.
Women's - Revolution Rewind Invitational
Kitchener - January 2011
Trampoline 1st and 2nd Qualifiers - Burlington
December 2010 & January 2011
Women's Provincial 1st Qualifier - Mississauga
November 28, 29 2009
Kiley Willis, a Level 5 Provincial (14 years and over) gymnast from Gymtrix, walked away with two medals at the first of three provincial qualifiers this past weekend in Orangeville. She had the top score on Vault which earned her the Gold Medal. Kiley was also the Silver medalist on Balance Beam and placed 5th overall.
In the Level 6 category (14 years and over), Lindsay Jones had a pair of 6th place finishes on Bars and Balance Beam. "The rules have changed this year and the deduction for a fall in gymnastics is now 1.0" said coach Nicki Chretien "A fall is now costly enough that Lindsay's unfortunate fall off Balance Beam put her from 1st place to 6th place on that event".
In the Level 5 (12 & 13 year) category, Vanessa Gagnon competed in the Provincial stream program for the first time. She competed against 19 athletes and placed 4th on Floor, 5th on Bars and 8th on Vault.
The athletes must qualify in two of the three qualifiers during the season. The top athletes move forward to Ontario Cup later in the season which is similar to a semi final in other sports. The top athletes from Ontario Cup then move forward to Provincial Championships at the end of the season.
Gymtrix Trampolinists compete at Tour Selection
December 12-13, 2009
Four members of the Gymtrix Trampoline Team competed at the Tour Selection Meet last weekend in Burlington. This All Star competition is used to determine several teams that will represent Ontario outside of the province on a tour meet. This is one of the most difficult qualifying competitions of the season since there is only one chance to qualify, several age categories are combined and the competition is mixed (males and females).
In the Provincial A category, first time trampoline competitor Keiran Crouch placed an impressive 10th place out of a field of 31 of the best athletes in the province. He narrowly missed a spot on Team Ontario by two places. Keiran is a former Artistic competitor and began his trampoline career only in the past few years. Tabitha Gennoe, also in the Provincial A category combined with the male competitors, placed an outstanding 15th place. Tanner Rhoads, the youngest of the A division team, was 25th. In the Provincial B category, Taylor Jones was 27th in a whopping category of 44 athletes. "This is an excellent opportunity for our athletes." said coach Bill Rhoads. "The competition is tough and the categories are massive. Based on these results, our season certainly looks promising".
Gymtrix Medal Haul
2nd Provincial Qualifier and Invitational
Nepean Corona, Ottawa
It has been a busy few weeks for the Gymtrix team with Provincial and Interclub athletes in both Artistic and Trampoline disciplines competing in several events. The 2nd of three Provincial Qualifiers was held recently in Ottawa hosted by the Nepean-Corona Gymnastics Centre. Top finisher Kiley Willis was the overall champion in Level 5 – 14 years and over. She clinched a couple of Gold medals on Vault and Bars and a Silver on Balance Beam to secure her Gold finish overall. In Level 6–14 years and over, Lindsay Jones grabbed a Gold on Balance Beam, a Silver on Floor and a Bronze on Vault, landing her in the Silver medal spot overall. Vanessa Gagnon, the team’s newest Provincial level competitor, had a strong showing and narrowly missed the medal placings in both Beam and Floor. She finished 5th overall in the Level 5 – 12 & 13 years category.
In addition to the Provincial stream Qualifier, the Nepean club also hosted an Interclub Invitational. Eight members of the Gymtrix Interclub team competed in their first meet of the season and brought home a myriad of awards and medals. In the Level 2 – 9 year old category, Katie Robertson walked away with five medals. She was awarded the Gold medal on Beam, Silvers on Bars and Floor, a Bronze on Vault and the Silver medal overall. Also in the Level 2 – 9 year old group was Zara Sheppard who finished in the Gold medal spot on Balance Beam. Emily Drenth’s Uneven Bar routine earned her the Bronze medal. In Level 3 – 9 years, Hannah Horsman brought home a handful of medals. She was the Gold medal winner on both Vault and Floor and the Silver medalist on Beam giving her a Silver place finish overall. Also in the Level 3 – 9 year old category, Caleigh Porter finished with the Silver medal on Floor and the Bronze medal on Bars. Newest members of the team competing for the first time were Paige Stockill and Samantha Cote. Paige Stockill finished with Silver on Bars and Bronze on Vault in the Level 2 – 10 & 11 years category. Samantha Cote won the Silver medal for her routine on the Balance Beam. Melina Lavasseur, who is still too young to be ranked, competed in the Level 3 – 7 & 8 years category and was awarded Gold Seals on Vault and Bars, Silver on Floor and Gold overall. “We are so pleased with the results from the weekend” said coach Nicki Chretien. “All of the hard work over the past few months has certainly paid off. We couldn’t be more pleased with their performances”. The Artistic team is coached by Bill Rhoads, Nicki Chretien and Spencer Farrow.
Trampoline 1st Qualifier
In Scarborough, the Gymtrix Trampoline team competed in their first Qualifier of the season hosted by Skyriders Trampoline Centre. Veteran competitor Tabby Gennoe finished 11th in the Provincial A group despite a nagging injury to her ankle sustained earlier this season. First time trampoline competitor Keiran Crouch finished 15th in a very tough group of Provincial A level athletes. In the Provincial B category, Taylor Jones was 16th. “Trampoline Qualifiers are set up differently than Artistic. The athletes are ranked amongst larger groups since all athletes in the province compete at the same Qualifiers.” said coach Bill Rhoads. “It has been very busy so far this season and we now have a few weeks to catch our breath before the next round of meets.”
Crouch Provincials Bound
Trampoline 3rd Qualifier
Ottawa, March 20/21-2010
Keiran Crouch will be moving on to Trampoline Provincial Championships after finishing a successful season as a first year competitor in this discipline. Crouch was an Artistic competitor several years ago and made his trampoline debut this season as a Senior A Provincial athlete. Crouch cinched the Silver Medal overall at the 3rd and final Qualifier of the season in Ottawa last weekend. “Keiran has worked very hard in his first year in a challenging category” said coach Bill Rhoads. “Qualifying for Provincials is no easy feat considering the number of veteran trampoline athletes he competed against who have been in the sport for many years. There is very little room for error in Trampoline. You get one shot at your compulsory and one chance on your optional. A seemingly small mistake such as a pause or extra bounce can kick you right out of the running. Keiran certainly stepped up to the plate and proved that he is among the best in the highest provincial category in Ontario”.
Other Gymtrix competitors at the 3rd Qualifier included Tabitha Gennoe, Taylor Jones and Tanner Rhoads. Tabitha placed 9th in a tough category of Provincial A Women. Taylor Jones placed 9th in the Provincial B Womens category and Tanner Rhoads placed 13th in the Senior A Provincial Mens group.
Women’s Ontario Cup
Ottawa, March 28
On the Women’s Artistic side, Lindsay Jones (Level 6) has qualified to move forward to the Level 5 and 6 Ontario Cup semi finals to be held in Windsor on the weekend of April 9, 2010. She will be attempting to be among the top 24 at that meet in order to move on to Provincial Championships.
Lindsay Jones of North Bay Gymtrix Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre competed at Ontario cup this past weekend and has officially qualified for Provincial Championships to be held in Niagara Falls on April 24. She will join teammate Stephanie Carr who has already previously qualified for the championship event. Jones placed 8th place on Vault at the Ontario Cup meet in Windsor.
Gymtrix Athletes find Gold in Sudbury
April 17 & 18, 2010
Nineteen members of North Bay Gymtrix ventured west last weekend and brought home a collection of precious medals from the Raise the Bar Challenge hosted by Sudbury Gymzone. Gymtrix has a total of 12 athletes who eligible to be ranked for medals. The twelve member crew brought home a whopping 37 medals for their podium finishes on the weekend.
Bringing home Gold medals Overall in addition to event medals were Caleigh Porter (Level 3 – 9 years), Jesslynn Emms (Level 3-10 years) and Paige Stockill (Level 2-10 years). On the Boys side, first time competitor Stephane Tibeault (Interclub 1) was the overall Gold medal winner, hitting the podium on all six events. Zara Sheppard (Level 2-9 years) finished with a Silver Medal overall, also reaching the podium on all events. Katie Robertson (Level 2-9 years) finished in the Bronze position overall after hitting the podium on three out of four events. Provincial Level 5 gymnasts Kiley Willis and Vanessa Gagnon each finished with Bronze overall. Gagnon was the Gold medal winner on Vault and had the Silver routine on Unevens. Willis’ Uneven Bar routine was good enough for Gold and she also landed in Silver place for her Vault performance.
Event placings went to Hanna Schaefer (Level 2-9 years) who finished on the top of the podium with Gold on Floor. Samantha Cote (Level 2-10 years) finished in Bronze place on Floor Exercise. Emily Drenth (Level 2-9 years) narrowly missed hitting the podium with a 4th place on Uneven Bars. Avery Newman (Level 2-10 years) placed 4th on Vault, Uneven Bars and Floor.
In the 7 & 8 year old categories, the athletes are not ranked but are given an award based on their score on each event and overall. Melina Levasseur (Level 3-8 years) finished with two Gold medals and a pair of Silvers to give her the Gold finish overall. Hannah Forget (Level 2-8 years) was awarded the Gold on Unevens and Floor to finish with a Silver. Meghan Spencer (Level 2-8 years) received the Gold award on Bars, Silver on Floor and finished with a Silver overall. Mallory Jamieson finished with Silvers on Unevens, Beam and Floor. Emma Shea (Level 2-7 years) also met the Silver mark on Vault, Unevens and Floor. Tihana Draves (Level 2-8 years) finished with Silver on Floor and Bronze Overall. On the Boys side, first time competitor Simon Gagne was awarded a Silver award for his overall performance.
Special Judges Awards are presented to one gymnast per flight (with up to 40 athletes in each flight) for exceptional performances. Melina Levasseur received the Judges Special Award for Floor choreography. Katie Robertson and Caleigh Porter both received the Special Judges Award for Dynamic Beam routine. The Gymtrix Level 2 team also won the overall Spirit and Good Sportsmanship award for their flight.
Past 2008-2009 Results & Media Releases
Corrine Giorgetti was the overall Gold Medal Champion in the Level 5 (12 yrs ) category at the Muskoka Classic Gymnastics Invitational last weekend in Bracebridge. She netted a pair of individual Golds on Vault and Balance Beam and a Bronze medal on Uneven Bars.
In Level 6 competition, Corrine Giorgetti was the Silver medalist on Vault. This is a first podium finish at Provincials for the 15 year old Chippewa student and she has now earned her place on the Wall of Fame at Gymtrix. “Any podium finish at Provincials in Artistic Gymnastics is an enormous accomplishment given the hundreds of athletes that compete in their categories during the qualification rounds” said coach Nicki Chretien.
Lindsay Jones, also a Scollard student, competed for the first time as a Level 6 at Provincial Championships. She finished in 6th place last season in Level 5 and as a result, required her to move up a level this season. “The fact that she made it all the way to the final round is impressive in her first year at this level.” said coach Bill Rhoads. “It’s an achievement that few athletes realize, especially in a category as large as hers”.
Gymtrix Athletes Qualify for Ontario Cup
Muskoka - Feb 6-8, 2009
Base Borden - Feb 15, 2009
The Gymtrix Women's Provincial team competed over the past two weekends to mark the end of the regular qualifying season. Both Stephanie Carr (Level 7) and Corrine Giorgetti (Level 5) have attained the qualifying score required to move on to Ontario Cup. Gymnastics Ontario has implemented a new format this year whereby athletes compete at a semi final meet (Ontario Cup) before moving on to Provincial Championships. Lindsay Jones (Level 6) is currently a few tenths short of Qualifying. "We are hoping for a qualifying score adjustment in Lindsay's category." said coach Nicki Chretien. "From time to time, the original score set by the technical committee is a little high and in order to ensure that adequate number of athletes qualifies, they will adjust the score. Lindsay is only a few tenths away so we are keeping our fingers crossed."
At the Muskoka 2nd Qualifier, Stephanie Carr took the Gold on Floor and the Bronze on Vault. Corrine Giorgetti was the Silver medalist on Beam and finished 6th overall. Kiley Willis (Level 5) was the Gold medal winner on Vault. Lindsay Jones had a 4th place on Vault and Beam.
At the Base Borden 3rd Qualifier, Corrine Giorgetti was the Gold medal taker on Uneven Bars. Kiley Willis took Gold on Vault and Silver on Floor. Lindsay Jones placed 6th overall.
Interclub Gymnasts compete at Base Borden
Base Borden - Feb 14, 2009
Members of the Gymtrix Women's Interclub team competed this past weekend at the Base Borden 'Compete for the Cure' Invitational.
Vanessa Gagnon (Level 4) was the top winner with three medals. She was the Gold medalist on both Vault and Beam and took the Bronze medal All Around (all scores combined). Samantha Derosier (Level 2) competing for the first time in a ranking category finished with the Bronze medal on both Vault and Floor.
In the 7 & 8 year old categories, athletes are given awards based on the range that their score falls within. Gymtrix gymnasts had outstanding performances considering this is only their second season in the Ontario competitive system. Hannah Horseman was awarded the Gold Seal for her Floor routine and finished with a Silver All Around. Melina Lavasseur, the youngest member at 7 years old, won a Gold for her Vault and also finished with a Silver All Around. Emily Drenth received a Silver on Floor and a Bronze All Around. Gracie Bishop had a consistent meet and finished with four Bronze placings and Bronze All Around. Caleigh Porter finished with a Silver on Floor and a Bronze All Around.
The Interclub girls will compete later this season in Sudbury and Muskoka.
Three trampolinists from North Bay Gymtrix travelled this past weekend to Oshawa to compete in the first of three provincial qualifying competitions of the season. Tabitha Gennoe (17) competed in the A category which is the most difficult provincial category and easily attained the score required to move forward to Ontario Championships. Taylor Jones (13), making the move from Artistic gymnastics, competed for the first time in trampoline and finished with an impressive 5th place. Taylor also attained the provincial qualifying score at this meet. Tanner Rhoads (15) competed in the highest level - Provincial A category and narrowly missed the qualifying score by 2 tenths.
All three athletes will compete in their second Provincial Qualifier February 21-22 in Scarborough.
Past Results and Media Releases
Women's & Men's Artistic
Stephanie Carr, a Level 7 gymnast from North Bay Gymtrix, sailed away with the Gold Medal from this past weekend's Qualifier at the Hershey Sport Zone in Mississauga. This was the second of three Qualifiers used to determine who will move forward to Provincial Championships at the end of the season.
Stephanie attained the qualifying score at her first Qualifier in November and after getting a whopping score of 50.85 this past weekend, Carr guaranteed herself a spot on the roster for Championships. Performing for the first time at Sport Zone, a newly built addition to the Hershey Centre, Stephanie managed to win the Gold medal on Floor Exercise even after technical difficulties caused her music to stop 10 seconds into her routine. "Stephanie was awesome" said coach Bill Rhoads "The music stopped and she didn't even skip a beat. The judges gave her the opportunity to perform again but with a 13.1 why would she? It was the winning score". Almost eight tenths ahead of the Silver medalist overall, Stephanie also grabbed Silver on Beam and Bronze on Vault allowing her walk away with a total of four medals.
Lindsay Jones performed in the Level 5 (age 14 ) division and won the gold medal on Vault which also helped her secure the Bronze place finish overall. After this weekend's competition, she too will move forward to Provincial Championships having effortlessly reached the score at both meets.
Finishing in top place in their respective categories was Lindsay Jones, Corrine Giorgetti and Stephanie Carr. All three provincial level athletes, having just qualified for Provincial Championships last weekend, completely cleaned up with a variety of Bronzes, Silvers and Golds on all four events at the Ottawa Invitational.
The world of gymnastics competition was introduced to five new competitors ages 7 & 8 years. Gracie Bishop, Samantha Derosier, Emily Drenth, Hannah Horsman, and Zara Sheppard all recieved certificates with Merit through Gold seals according to the range of scores received. Head coach Bill Rhoads, along with Nicki Chretien and Spencer Farrow could not be more pleased with the success of their athletes. "We definitely hit the podium this weekend" said Rhoads. "It was a very long twelve hour day but all worth it."
Competing for the second time this year were our youngest competitors who are all 7 years old. These girls do not receive placements for their performance but instead receive a certificate based on the range that their score falls into. Competing in this category were Gracie Bishop, Hannah Horseman, Zara Sheppard, Samantha Desrosier and Emily Drenth. Gymtrix coach Spencer Farrow stated "this is a great opportunity for these girls to gain the experience of competing without having the stress of placing on the events. I was extremely proud of all six girls who have shown great improvement for their last competition."
Also competing in their first competition of the season were the Gymtrix boys. Placing second on the floor, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and the all around in the Interclub level 2 under 10 category was Zachary McKnight. Also in the same category was Zachary Gaudet with a first on the pommel horse, vault and parallel bars.
Head Coach from Gymtrix, Bill Rhoads added "the Sudbury is always a great competition, our good friend Lisa Kivinen owner of Sudbury Gymzone always hosts a first class competition. It is one of the few opportunities for us to take all of our competitors and develop a great team spirit. For our three girls going to Provincial Championships it was an excellent tune up to practice a few new skills and get ready for the championships. I was very proud of the boys who competed for the first time this season and for our youngest competitors who are starting to understand what competition is all about."
Carr is a Level 7 athlete (highest level is 9) and placed 4th on Uneven Bars against a very strong contention of athletes. "All 28 athletes were very strong and it came down to who was healthy and who was going to 'hit' on the day of the competition" said coach Bill Rhoads. "Stephanie had a decent chance at top six overall but she has been plagued with a few nagging injuries lately and was definitely not at her healthiest going into this meet. Her first event was beam. A brief pause between two elements costed her 5 tenths. Playing 'catch up' from your first event is really tough in a category as competitive as this one" said Rhoads. Carr's other coach and choreographer, Nicki Chretien was absolutely thrilled with the choreography award. "Of course, I am always pleased when one of our athletes stands out from all the rest with such special recognition. Stephanie is a lovely performer. She truly deserved this award."
Provincial Championships for Women, are divided into two weekends. Elite Ontario, is the championship meet for the higher provincial categories and national categories. All of the other categories, will compete at their Provincials in two weeks. Both Corrine Giorgetti and Lindsay Jones have qualified for this meet.
Three trampoline athletes from North Bay Gymtrix traveled to Scarborough this past weekend to compete in the Second Provincial qualifier hosted by the Scarborough Gym Elites at the Pope John Paul II Secondary School. Tanner Rhoads (14) competing in the Provincial B 15 category put in an impressive sixth place finish and qualifying for the Provincial Championships to be held in Toronto April 26 & 27. Competing in the Female Provincial B 16 category was Tabitha Gennoe (16) who improved from the first qualifiey to a seventh place finish. Brittany Simkins (16) also improved her score from the first qualifier but just missed placing in the top ten in the Provincial C 15 category.All three athletes compete in their third and final Provincial Qualifier the weekend of April 25-26 in Ottawa.
Tanner Rhoads from North Bay Gymtrix, competed at Provincial Trampoline Championships this past weekend at Seneca College in Toronto. Tanner Rhoads who previously competed as an Artistic athlete, has only been competing in Trampoline for a few years. He managed to place 4th in the Provincial B (15 yrs and over). Based on his very respectable placing, he is looking forward to bumping to the next highest category for next season.