Ana Padurariu – 2017 Canadian Junior AA Champion.
Montreal — Black finished the competition with 54.318 points, narrowly beating fellow Rio Olympian and teammate Rose-Kaying Woo of Brossard, QC, who scored 54.051 points to take home silver while Jade Chrobok of Toronto, ON finished third.
“My goal today was just to compete, stay healthy and have some fun out there,” said Black following the award ceremony. “It’s nice to be back with the girls again and to build some excitement in the building. I’ve enjoyed the whole experience and I’m so happy to be healthy and back competing.”
Black also added a gold medal on floor scoring 13.350. Her Rio Olympic teammates took gold on the other apparatus with Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC winning gold on vault with a score of 14.380, Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, MB scoring 14.034 on beam to win that gold, and Brittany Rogers of Calgary, AB taking gold on the uneven bars with a score of 13.634 points.
In junior action, Ana Padurariu of Whitby, ON was unstoppable, taking the gold medal in all four apparatus finals as well as taking home the all-around Canadian Championship title. Padurariu’s overall score of 55.267 was more than four points ahead of Emma Spence of Cambridge, ON who took home the silver medal while Quinn Skrupa of Brandon, MB won bronze.
“I’m pretty proud of my overall performance,” said Padurariu. “I did a new combination on bars which I was really proud of and hopefully I can improve that for next year. I’m going to go home and work on routines for next year since I’ll be a senior, so it will be a lot of hard work to get to that point but I’m excited and looking forward to it. The plan is to always add difficulty to get to the top at the world level.” When asked why she competes and what being the Canadian Champion means to her, Padurariu beamed: “I love gymnastics because it is so challenging; it’s an immediate reward and there is always something new to learn and you never get bored, ever.”
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Source: Gymnastics Canada