Canada wins 12 medals at Pan Am trampoline gymnastics championships

Canada cleaned up at the 2012 Pan Am trampoline and tumbling championships on Sunday winning four of six individual event titles while piling up a total of 12 medals on the day.

Kyle Soehn (Red Deer) led the charge for the men’s team winning gold in both individual trampoline and, with younger brother Keegan, in the synchro event.

Samantha Sendel (Toronto) won the women’s trampoline title and paired with runner up Samantha Smith (Okanagan) to win silver in the synchro final.

“I think the key to my performance was training hard and in a different way,” said Sendel. “I’ve been practicing a higher number of routines and working very hard on technique.”

Three silver medals for B.C.'s Samantha Smith and Anita Cirillo

Sendel, Smith and Anita Cirillo (Shasta) also came away with the silver medal in the team competition.

In double mini trampoline, the Canadian team swept gold in the men’s and women’s individual and team events.

Veteran Denis Vachon (Burlington), gearing up for a run at the men’s world title in 2013, scored highest on both of his passes in the final to edge Argentina's Lucas Adorno for the gold. Newcomer Ryan Sheehan (Edmonton) took the bronze.

In the team event, Vachon, Sheehan and Keegan Soehn coasted to victory ahead of Brazil and Argentina.

On the women’s side 2010 world champion Corissa Boychuk (Airdrie) romped to the gold medal in her first international competition in more than a year. Gillian Bruce (Calgary) finished eighth.

“I spent most of the year working on the mental side of the sport,” said Boychuk. “I do have some bigger skills coming but wasn’t quite ready yet to use them here. I just wanted to come here and have some fun and I really did.”

Boychuk, competing with Bruce and Pamela Kriangkum (Edmonton) combined to win more gold in the team competition.

In tumbling, Junior Charpentier-Leclerc (Drummondville) earned Canada’s lone medal, taking the silver in a field of four finalists. Vincent Lavoie (Drummondville) placed fourth.