Gold and silver for Shallon Olsen at Gymnix; Team BC gymnasts have strong competition

B.C.'s Shallon Olsen (Omega) helped Team Canada to a silver medal at the Gymnix Junior Cup team competition this past Saturday, meeting the team’s top-three goal in a strong international gymnastics field. Russia won the gold and Japan took the bronze

Other members of the Canadian team were Heaven Latimer (Ontario, Brantford), Aleza Yu (Ontario, Gemini), and  Brianna Clark (Quebec, Gymnix).

“This was the first time this group competed as a team and they did some good work,” said national women’s team director Kyna Fletcher of Vancouver.  “The scores on vault and floor showed this new generation is strong on vault and floor but we know there’s work to do on uneven bars and beam.”

Latimer was the top Canadian in individual results, placing sixth all around in a field of 27 gymnasts. Olsen was 10th all around, while Clark and Yu were ninth and 16th all around.

In Sunday's event finals, Olsen won gold on vault, easily topping the field.

Athlete's representing Team BC also performed well in Montreal. Juniors Angel Zhong (Omega), Samantha Haghighat-Joo (Omega) and Taylor Chan (TAG) competed in the International Challenge. Zhong was 20th all around, Haghighat-Joo was 22nd and Chan was 23rd. Both Haghighat-Joo and Chan qualified for the vault final where they finished sixth and seventh respectively.

In that National Novice competition, Team BC's Seina Murase-Cho (Omega) was fifth all around while winning a bronze on vault. Haley de Jong (Omega) competed on three events, winning gold on beam.

Complete results

[with files from Gymnastics Canada]