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Krista Lawley

Krista's Competitive Results
1998 Ontario Youth Championships, Novice 3: 1st AA
1998 Elite Canada, Novice: 2nd AA, 1st BB, 2nd FX
1999 Bluewater International, Junior: 1st Team, 6th AA
1999 Elite Ontario, Novice: 5th AA, 3rd V, 3rd UB
1999 Canadian Championships, Novice HP: 1st Team, 2nd AA, 2nd FX
1999 Elite Canada, Novice: 2nd AA
2000 Elite Ontario, Novice: 1st AA, 1st V, 3rd UB
2000 Canadian Championships, Novice HP: 1st Team, 1st AA
2001 Elite Ontario, Junior: 6th AA
2001 Canadian Championships, Junior: 10th AA, 7th BB, 8th FX
Krista at 2001 Elite Ontario

Krista Lawley is currently entering her first year of senior High Performance competition. She trains at the Scarborough Gym Elites where she is coached by Aaron Brokenshire. Previously, her coach had been Janice Fowler, until she moved back to British Columbia and Brokenshire took over as head coach of the club.

Lawley, born September 10, 1987, first entered the junior ranks after having had a very successful career as a novice. For two years in a row, Lawley competed in the recently established Novice High Performance category. At her first Elite Canada appearance in 1998 in Toronto, she finished a solid 2nd in the all-around competition, which involved one day of required skills routines and one day of optional exercises.

As a result of her finish at Elite Canada, Lawley was chosen by National Coach Andrei Rodionenko to compete as a junior at the prestigious Bluewater International in Sarnia in 1999. This gave Lawley a unique opportunity to wear the Canadian tracksuit and leotard and compete against much more experienced junior gymnasts. Lawley rose to the occasion and more than held her own in this competition - taking first place in the team competition paired with teammate Teri Gibson, while finishing a strong 6th place in the all-around and qualifying for three individual event finals. Her all-around rank put her ahead of several gymnasts who were already competing in the junior High Performance programme. At this meet, Lawley debuted some new skills including a double pike on floor and a Fontaine dismount off bars.

After a 5th place finish at Elite Ontario in the novice category, Lawley competed with Team Ontario at the Canadian championships in Burnaby, B.C., and helped her team win the gold medal. In the novice High Performance all-around finals, Lawley equaled her Elite Canada rank with another second place finish. She closed out the year 1999 with another silver medal at Elite Canada in Montreal, also in the novice High Performance category.

'01 Elite Ontario
Lawley entered the 2000 competitive season with increasing confidence, which was evident at the 2000 Elite Ontario competition in Toronto, where she won the novice all-around title - moving up four spots from the previous year! She continued her winning ways at the Canadian championships in Montreal, taking gold with her Ontario team and also winning the individual novice High Performance title.

Due to her highly successful novice career, Lawley entered the junior ranks as a strong contender. Injuries kept her from competing at the 2000 Elite Canada competition, which would have been her first appearance there as a junior. However, at the 2001 Elite Ontario competition in Toronto, Lawley proved she was not be forgotten, by showing new skills in virtually all events, including: handspring piked front on vault; tucked in out off bars; handspring to tucked front and double tuck off beam; and arabian double front on floor. Lawley went on to finish 10th all-around at the Canadian championships in New Brunswick, where she also qualified for event finals in the balance beam and floor exercise, finishing 7th and 9th, respectively.

Lawley is a stylish worker whose choice of music and choreography continue to set her apart. An unfortunate elbow injury prevented her from competing at the 2001 Elite Canada competition, which would have marked her senior debut. She was successfully petitioned to the senior High Performance team, however, and hopes to return to competition this spring.

Written by: Christopher Scott
Updated 2002.01.01

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