She’s still 12 and has a long way to go, but Megan Skinner of St. John’s has made a big step on a journey that could one day see her as a member of Canada’s national gymnastics team.
Skinner, who trains at the Cygnus Gymnastics Centre in St. John’s, has been placed on Gymnastics Canada’s high performance list after her showing at the Elite Canada competition in Calgary over the weekend.
She is the first gymnast from the province to earn the designation.
The Canadian High Performance Program (HP) is the described as the preferred pathway for athletes aspiring towards national team membership and assists Gymnastics Canada in deciding the makeup of future national team assignments.
Skinner, who was a member of N.L.’s 2019 Canada Games team and who is coached by Allison Kirby, Devonne Ryan, and Allison Dominic, won a bronze medal on beam in the novice division at Elite Canada. It is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first-ever medal in the competition.
She was ninth all-around.