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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.