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First World Championship Complete for Okanagan Duo

Adele Lefevre and Madison Arnold of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre recently returned from their first world age group acrobatic gymnastics championships held this past weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Lefevre and Arnold were part of Canada's 11 member team. While the team may not have returned home with medals, they can take pride in knowing they’ve played a large part in the development of a new discipline of gymnastics in Canada.

"Everything is new and it's a little bit different,” said coach Suren Torosyants, a former mixed pairs acro gymnast for the Soviet Union. “This is a first step, and we'll see in a couple of years that we can do better."

In acrobatic gymnastics, each group or pair competes two routines in the qualifying round, one demonstrating balance, the other "dynamic" or flight elements. Routines are scored based on difficulty, execution and -- unlike artistic gymnastics -- artistry, with the difficulty and artistry scores based out of a 10.0 maximum score. Anything higher than 28.0 per exercise is usually considered a very good score.

Lefevre and Arnold competed in the girls pairs team competition and placed 29th (47.65 points). Fellow Canadians, Rochelle Greenberg and Ava Cochlan came 21st (51.7 points).

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