Locals gymnasts aiming to land on Eastern Canadian podium

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Quartet of Newfoundlanders in good position to become province’s first medallists at the event

Cygnus gymnasts (from left) Erica Devereaux, Jeannie Weir, Abbey Dolomount and Rebecca Squires display some of the medals they’ve won in competition. The four are part of the province’s team at this weekend’s Oceanex Eastern Canadian gymnastics championship at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre in St. John’s.
— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

There’s a possibility Newfoundland could be placing a few gymnasts on the the podium this weekend, making the 2013 Oceanex Eastern Canadian gymnastics championship a win-win proposition for the sport in Newfoundland.

Some 700 athletes from the host province, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario will be at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre in St. John’s Friday and Saturday for the Eastern Canadians. Some 50 athletes from the Cygnus Gymnastics Club in St. John’s, Campia club in Mount Pearl, Airials club from Gander and Corner Brook’s Saltos Gymnastics Club will be representing the host province.

Meet chairwoman Angela Rose suggested locals should keep an eye out for Erica Devereaux, Jeannie Weir, Abbey Dolomount and Rebecca Squires from Cygnus as medal hopefuls.

Weir, Dolomount and Squires were part of a Newfoundland team at the Gymnix international competition in Montreal in March, and the three reached the podium, a first for Newfoundland gymnasts at that competition. And Devereaux is in the mix for a berth on Canada’s team which will compete in the 2013 World University Games in July in Russia.

“They’ve had amazing results,” Rose said of the three. “We’ve never had anyone on the podium at Eastern Canadians.

“We’re hoping this event will really put us on the map as a sport in Newfoundland,” she said.

In addition to the artistic gymnastics, there will also be competition in trampoline — the sport in which Rosie MacLennon won gold at the 2012 London Olympics — and power tumbling, the latter of which sees the athletes sprint down a track and launch into a series of somersaults and handsprings.

Artistic gymnastics will feature four different age groups ranging in age from 10-18. Trampoline and power tumbling competitors go from the age of nine to 18.

Newfoundland last played host to the Eastern Canadians in 2009. There were no trampoline or tumbling components to the championship at that meet.

Organizations: Cygnus, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre, Saltos Gymnastics Club World University Games

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Mount Pearl Gander Corner Brook Montreal Canada Russia

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  • TAMMY WEBBER
    May 08, 2013 - 20:05

    It is disheartening seeing so many inaccuracies in this article. I would have thought that some verification of facts would have been completed prior to publication. TEAM NL consists of athletes from MORE THAN ONE of our province's gymnastics clubs, many of which are top contenders for individual medals. TEAM NL proved at the recent Atlantic Championships held in Sydney NS that they are a force to be reckoned with. A big thanks goes out to Gymnastics Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) and Cygnus Gymnastics Club for hosting this event and giving our province the opportunity to see the best gymnasts in Eastern Canada. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to cheer for TEAM NL !!!!!

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2013 - 14:45

      "Some 50 athletes from the Cygnus Gymnastics Club in St. John’s, Campia club in Mount Pearl, Airials club from Gander and Corner Brook’s Saltos Gymnastics Club will be representing the host province".

  • Ionna
    May 08, 2013 - 18:51

    Way to go Cygnus!!!!!! You are the best. Good luck to all athletes this weekend!!!

  • Stephanie Collins
    May 07, 2013 - 20:31

    Congratulations to the entire Newfoundland Team who have worked so hard and made it to this competition!!! It is important for the entire province to support these young athletes in their quest to "be the best that they can be". An early congratulations is extended to Cygnus Gymnastics and GNL in hosting such a huge sporting event!! I'm sure all the officials, coaches, athletes and families will be impressed. Go Team Newfoundland!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    May 07, 2013 - 18:38

    GO CYGNUS!!! GOODLUCK to ALL the athletes this weekend!!

  • Anonymous
    May 07, 2013 - 15:58

    "JOANNE POWER - May 7, 2013 at 13:41:20 CORRECTIONS - NL had a gymnast reach the podium at Gymnix in the past, Kayla Hickman. They also had several gymnasts medal at Easterns before: Jillian Hutchings, Ashley Stockley, Kaitlin Thomas and Erica Devereaux to name a few. Maybe Ms. Rose was misquoted and really said All Around medals. Also I think maybe the reporter meant to say "Cygnus" in some of the places they said "Newfoundland". I would also like to suggest another four Team NL gymnasts to watch this weekend Jillian Hutchings, Lauren Mills, Maggie Gill and Erin McGettigan." Couldn't agree more!!! Well said!

    • Luke
      May 08, 2013 - 07:04

      I'm pretty sure I got a dusty AA bronze medal from 2005, and a couple of 3rd and 2nd places on indivudal events here and there at Easterns ;) But I wish all of the athletes, coaches, and judges good luck and most importantly: LOTS OF FUN.

  • Anonymous
    May 07, 2013 - 14:23

    Yes, there are some misquotes in this story as anyone involved in the gymnastics community knows that NL has had people on the podium in previous Eastern Championships. However, everyone should be thankful that gymnastics is getting some media attention (the radio ads for this events are great)! Gymnastics is a complicated sport and it's easy for a reporter to misquote or not be clear on the lingo regarding apparatus placing and All Around finishes. This is going to be a great event and there are some awesome male and female gymnasts to watch who will be representing NL from all across the island. Also, did everyone miss the line which said that Devereaux is in the running to represent Canada at the World University Games...that is definitely a first for NL gymnastics!

    • anonymous
      May 07, 2013 - 21:25

      Erica Devereaux is a star and a joy to watch... good luck to all Team NL not just Cygnus; the four gymnasts featured in this article and the four mentioned by JP are definitely some of NL's best!! It would be nice to see a few of them hit their routines and do well this weekend.

  • Anonymous
    May 07, 2013 - 12:38

    “We’ve never had anyone on the podium at Eastern Canadians." http://www.gymnastique.qc.ca/uploads/Competition2012/ChampEst/TyroP3.pdf http://www.gymnastique.qc.ca/uploads/Competition2012/ChampEst/NoviceP3.pdf "Weir, Dolomount and Squires were part of a Newfoundland team at the Gymnix international competition in Montreal in March, and the three reached the podium, a first for Newfoundland gymnasts at that competition." 2010 - A Newfoundland athlete placed 3rd all around at Gymnix International. Despite the inaccuracy and sheer fallacies in this article, best of luck to all Cygnus athletes as they attempt to make history in our province!

  • Joanne Power
    May 07, 2013 - 12:11

    CORRECTIONS - NL had a gymnast reach the podium at Gymnix in the past, Kayla Hickman. They also had several gymnasts medal at Easterns before: Jillian Hutchings, Ashley Stockley, Kaitlin Thomas and Erica Devereaux to name a few. Maybe Ms. Rose was misquoted and really said All Around medals. Also I think maybe the reporter meant to say "Cygnus" in some of the places they said "Newfoundland". I would also like to suggest another four Team NL gymnasts to watch this weekend Jillian Hutchings, Lauren Mills, Maggie Gill and Erin McGettigan.

  • Deann Conway
    May 07, 2013 - 09:20

    We are so proud of all your accomplishments !!! Give it all you got this weekend !!! Good Luck to all athletes from NL. We know how hard you have trained to get here.