Gemini Gymnastics crowns two Provincial Champions in Mississauga.
MISSISSAUGA — Gemini Gymnastics athletes brought home 16 medals and crowned two all around champions in a typically strong showing at the 2015-16 Ontario Gymnastics Championship, held in Mississauga April 6-9.
Emma Afante (level 7, age 13) and Kimora Richards-LaRose (level 7, age 14/15) both won all around gold, while Jessica Reid (level 6, age 13) took silver and Emily Miller (level 6, age 12) bronze.
The event is the culmination of the provincial competitive season. In order to reach the championships, athletes from all over Ontario in levels 6-10 (age 9+) competed during the year in three qualifying competitions, and those ranked in the top 32 for the all around competition advanced.
This year, 13 Gemini athletes qualified for Ontario championships, competing from level 6 up to level 10.
“The team we sent to championships this year was very well prepared,” said Elena Davydova, head coach and owner of Gemini Gymnastics, in a press release. “This year, the coaches devised a program for our athletes that sought to have them achieve a series of goals prior to the championships, and which prepared them well for the competition.”
Afante, Richards-LaRose and Paulina Vedenin (level 10, age 11-14) also qualified for Team Ontario for the 2016 Eastern Canadian Championships (Quebec City, May 6-8) and 2016 Canadian National Championships (Edmonton, June 1-5), while Breanna Ho (level 10, age 15+) was named as an alternate.
In addition to the all around, Richards-LaRose also competed in event finals on floor and beam, and impressed everyone by scoring a perfect 10.00 for her floor routine, a feat rarely seen.
Emily Miller (level 6, age 12), silver bars
Jessica Reid (level 6, age 13), gold bars, bronze beam
Emma Afante (level 7, age 13), gold floor, bronze beam
Kelsey Croxon (level 7, age 13), bronze floor
Kimora Richards-LaRose (level 7, age 14/15), silver beam and floor; Event finals: Gold floor
Alexandra Godbout Fowler (level 8, age 12/13), bronze floor
Paulina Vedenin (level 10, age 11-14), silver bars
Breanna Ho (level 10, age 15+), bronze vault