B.C. gymnasts win 22 medals at Elite Canada

Shallon Olsen (left) won silver in the junior women's all around competition. Rose Woo and Audrey Rousseau won gold and bronze.Twelve B.C. athletes returned home this weekend from Elite Canada in Gatineau, Quebec with 22 medals including seven gold. Headlining B.C.’s medalists were Scott Morgan (Flicka) and Shallon Olsen (Omega).

Morgan won two gold medals and a bronze in his first competition since recording Canada’s best result in men’s gymnastics in almost a decade at the 2013 world championships.

He landed a new vault, a handspring with a front layout and two and half twists, which ranks with the most difficult in the world to win gold with 14.350 points. He also won gold on floor exercise and added a bronze medal on rings.

“One of the things I was gunning for here was to land the new vault,” said Morgan. “It went pretty well in training even though it was extremely nerve wracking, then I slipped up a little in qualifying but was able to land on my feet in the finals.”

Shallon Olsen is one of Canada’s most promising young gymnasts and is eyeing a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. She won five medals during the weekend including silver in the all-around competition. She added gold medals on vault and floor and silver on uneven bars and balance beam.

Olsen, 13, would just meet the minimum age requirement of 16 if she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’ve been thinking about the Olympics, especially since the start of the Sochi Games,” said Olsen. “I feel like I’m ready for it.”

B.C.’s medalists were:

Novice men

  • Cohen Kiers (Twisters): 3rd parallel bars
  • Dawson Friesen (Twisters): 3rd floor vault (tie)
  • Chris Kaji (Richmond): 3rd floor exercise (tie), 3rd rings, 2nd vault

Junior men

  • Aaron Mah (Vancouver Phoenix): 2nd all around
  • Brian Lau (Richmond): 2nd parallel bars

Senior men

  • Ken Ikeda (Twisters): 1st pommel horse
  • Zachary Clay (Twisters): 1st parallel bars
  • Robert Watson (Twisters): 3rd all-around, 3rd floor exercise, 3rd parallel bars
  • Scott Morgan (Flicka): 1st floor exercise, 1st vault, 3rd rings
  • Scott Nabata (Kamloops): 2nd parallel bars
  • Joshua Stuart (Richmond): 1st horizontal bar (tie)

Junior women

  • Shallon Olsen (Omega): 2nd all around, 1st vault, 1st floor exercise, 2nd uneven bars, 2nd balance beam

Results from Elite Canada along with the Canadian championships in May, will count heavily in team selection for major upcoming international events this year, including the Commonwealth Games and Senior Pan American Championships.