The Cygnus Gymnastics Club’s Erica Devereaux is pictured working on her floor routine at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre in this Telegram file photo. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The Cygnus Gymnastics Club of St. John’s will welcome home its star gymnast Erica Devereaux 12:30 a.m. Friday from the 2013 University Games in Kazan, Russia, where she competed as a member of Team Canada.
The club issued a statement today congratulating Devereaux on a “fantastic performance” and saying “Erica competed on beam and floor for Team Canada and did an exceptional job! We are all so proud of Erica!”
Devereaux, 19, a native of Logy Bay, was one of five Canadian gymnasts selected to represent the country in the world games.
Devereaux has travelled all across the country competing, and competed in the U.S., but had said the call to go to Russia as part of Team Canada was a career highlight.
Competing since she was seven, Devereaux has attended a number of national, eastern Canadian and Atlantic championships.
She also represented Newfoundland at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax two years ago, and two years ago became the first female gymnast from this province to win a gold medal at the Eastern Canadians when she turned in a first-place performance in her national open division floor routine.
Devereaux hopes to study engineering at Memorial University, and had planned on taking a few courses this summer but those plans were put on hold when she got the invite to head to Russia.
She told The Telegram at the time: "This is the highest-calibre competition I've been to, or even thought about getting to. It's cool competing anywhere, but to go to a place like Russia, where gymnastics is so high profile, is something else.”