Five medals for B.C. trampoline gymnasts at 2013 Elite Canada

Tamara O'Brien (TAG) and Kyle Carragher (TAG) each captured two medals at this past weekend's trampoline gymnastics Elite Canada in Quebec City. Joining them on the podium were Trevor Stirling (Okanagan) and Tyler Vermeulen (Okanagan) who who silver in synchronized trampoline.

O'Brien was the silver medalist in double mini trampoline behind Lexi Geisbrecht (Alberta). She added a second silver medal in tumbling, finishing behind Emily Smith (Ontario).

Carragher won bronze medals in both double mini trampoline and tumbling.

Other B.C. highlights include:

Cameron Quinlan (Shasta): 7th trampoline
Douglas Armstrong (Flip City): 4th double mini trampoline
Ethan McLeary (TAG): 5th double mini trampoline
Jared Khalifa (TAG): 5th tumbling
Brittany Falconer & Poppy Quinlan (Shasta): 6th synchronized trampoline
Tiana Hesmert (Club Aviva): 5th double mini trampoline
Tyler Vermeulen (Okanagan): 7th tumbling


Olympian Jason Burnett returns to competition

Grounded for months after surgery to remove five screws and a metal plate from a previously broken leg, high-flying Jason Burnett of Toronto returned to competition with a bang on Sunday in the men’s trampoline final at Elite Canada.

With less than a month of training under his belt following the December surgery, Burnett was shaky in the prelims on Saturday, but stormed back in the final with a decisive victory in a field of 13 competitors.

The two-time Olympian eased up slightly on his degree of difficulty in the final but still managed to leave his closest rivals far behind with a score of 59.090 points.

Sebastien St-Germain of Montreal was second with 55.270 and Charles Thibault of Quebec City was third at 54.515.

“There was never a question about getting the skills back, just with getting the consistency I need,” said Burnett, in his first competition since the 2012 Olympics last August.

“Everything has gone smoothly since the surgery and I’ve been back in the gym and bouncing since March and doing a lot of physio. There’s still work to do but everything is coming together for the world championships in the fall.”

Burnett broke the fibula in his right leg in 2010 while making a demonstration video and missed almost a year leading up to the 2012 Games.

In the women’s trampoline final, Samantha Sendel of Toronto executed the most difficult routine of the competition and topped the field with a score of 52.050.

Kailey McLeod of Toronto was second with 48.430 points and Eve Charbonneau of Montreal was third at 48.345.

In women’s double mini trampoline Canadian junior champion Lexi Geisbrecht of Calgary nailed both of her passes to claim her first national title competing against seniors.

“I just did my routines the way I know I can do them, nothing too crazy,” said Geisbrecht, who also competed in the individual trampoline final placing 11th. “It feels good to fit in with the seniors at a big meet.”

In other individual events, Emily Smith of Burlington, Ont., and Vincent Lavoie of Drummondville, Que., won the men’s and women’s tumbling titles, and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., won gold in men’s double mini.

In synchro trampoline Keegan and his brother Kyle won gold in the men’s event and Sophiane Methot and Sarah Milette of  Montreal took the women’s title.