Gemini athletes brought home a total of 22 medals from the provincial championships in Toronto.
TORONTO — Oshawa’s Gemini Gymnastics had a typically strong performance at the 2016-17 Ontario Gymnastics Championship held at the Better Living Centre in Toronto in early April.
Gemini’s athletes produced outstanding results, taking home 22 medals in all categories and qualifying in two for the Eastern Canadian Championships to be held in New Brunswick at Mount Allison University May 6 to 7. Meagan Kennedy and Nyah Creary, both level 7 age 10/11 athletes, will join Team Ontario for the trip east.
The Toronto event was the conclusion of the provincial competitive season. In order to compete at the Ontario championships, athletes from all over Ontario in levels 6-10 competed during the year in up to four qualifying competitions. Those ranked in the top 32 spots at the end of the season win the right to vie for the title of Ontario champion.
This year, 22 Gemini provincial gymnasts qualified for championships, competing in all but one level.
“Championships were very competitive this year,” said Gemini’s head coach, Elena Davydova, who was joined by coaches Valery Yahchybekov, Kathleen van Graft and Ruth Moriana. “The coaches prepared the gymnasts well and it showed in their performance and their results.”
Kennedy had the top all around result, winning silver, while bronze medals were won by Lauren Mackay (level 6 age 12), Kala Bain (level 6 age 13), Nicole Naumovski (level 6 age 13), Jessica Reid (Level 7 age 15), Isabella Kowan (level 8 age 13) and Emma Afante (level 8 age 15).
Three of Gemini’s athletes also qualified for event finals in their respective categories: Kelsey Croxon (level 8 age 14+) for floor, Breanna Ho (level 10 age 14+) for beam, and Emma Afante (level 8 age 14+) for both floor and beam.