Two weeks beore the BC provincial championships, Jordan de Jong (HP
Novice) and Haley de Jong (Junior HP) switched to Flicka gymnastics.
Previously, they trained at Omega Gymnastics.
APRIL 30 - GERBER SIGNS WITH UCLA
Following in the footsteps of older sister Aisha Gerber,
2011 Worlds team member Mikaela Gerber will soon be off to
UCLA! Today, Head Coach Valerie Kondos-Field announced that
Gerber has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the UCLA Bruins
"We are excited to add Mikaela Gerber to our team this next season,"
Kondos Field. "Mikaela brings the same level of powerful gymnastics and
artistry that her sister Aisha did, only with a style uniquely her own."
Gerber plans to close out her Elite career at the upcoming Canadian
National Championships in Ottawa. One of the most elegant floor workers that
Canadian has ever produced, she plans to treat fans to a new routine in her
Video of Mikaela in 2010:
APRIL 28 - BLACK LEAVES SLOVENIA AS MOST DECORATED GYMNAST
Ellie Black dominated World Cup competition today in Slovenia, winning
gold on both beam and floor.
Long considered just for her vaulting, Black has consistantly been
proving her all-around prowess in competition this year. Today she hit a
beam routine that many have long known her capable of doing.
“I’ve never really hit
my beam routine exactly the way I want to in competition and it was great to
go out in the final and do it the way I planned."
Black's final medal of the meet came on floor, where she's
re-introduced the triple
twist mount that had been part of her 2012 Olympic program.
“It feels incredible,”
Black told Gymnastics Canada. “I came here to get more experience and try
out some new skills and it turned into a really great trip for me.
The wins bring Canada's medal tally from Slovenia to five!
Canada had two other entrants in today's competition:
Woo finished 6th on beam, in her World Cup debut and
Mathieu Csukassy placed eighth on vault. Both Woo and Csukassy hail
and Ellie Black put Canada on the map in both the men's and
women's fields, in the first apparatus contested at this weekend's Salamunov
Memorial World Cup in Llubjana, Slovenia.
Scott Morgan earned a bronze on vault, while Black took the title on her
speciality, the vault.
I couldn’t have asked
for much more,” Morgan told Gymnastics Canada.
“It’s still a new routine and to do that well in a such a strong field was
pretty cool, it really gives me a big boost.”
Morgan also finished
fifth on rings, with Black capping off her day with fifth on bars.
Victoria-Kayen Woo placed seventh on bars, in her only event of the
Black burst onto the scene a year earlier, in neighbouring Croatia.
Winning gold on vault and floor, Black announced herself as a contender for
Canada's Olympic team. She went on to make the team, and compete in the
vault final at the Olympics.
tomorrow, with Black competing both beam and floor, Woo on beam, and
Mathieu Csukassy on vault.
The favourite amongst many for the NCAA title the past few years, the
University of Florida always came up short at Nationals. Not any more! Today
the Gators rallied, after counting a fall rom beam, to finish ahead of
Oklahoma and two-time defending champs Alabama.
Former gymnast Alyssa Samaratunga recently spoke to CTV, promoting organ
donation. Ravaged by a fast-acting infection, Alyssa lost her sight within
24 hours. Now, thanks to a cornea transplant, she is living the life of a
normal teen. Her days with gymnastics may be done, but she's transferred her
talents to cheerleading.
APRIL 7 - BLACK TAKES BRONZE IN ALL-AROUND AT TOKYO WORLD CUP
Asuka Teramoto of Japan took the gold with 56.825 points, overtaking
first-day leader Peyton Ernst of the U.S. who settled for silver with a
score of 56.550.
“It was different this
time because it was an all around event, so I was very excited to see
what it was all about,” said Black.
“Vault is my favourite event and
it went really well but I was also very pleased with my uneven bars
performance because it’s been a difficult event for me,” added Black. “I’ve
been working really hard to bring up the level and I think I did a pretty