Homegrown Athletes Go for Gold at Nationals


The Butterdome at the University of Alberta in Edmonton hosted the 2016 Canadian Championships, with over 700 athletes taking part in Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics. Team BC sent a contingent of 106 athletes who brought home 46 medals over the four day event—here are some of the highlights:

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics          

In the men’s competition, BC junior champion Darren Wong (Vancouver Phoenix) took home silver in the all-around and gold on floor.

Alex Farquharson (Delta) was a big winner in the National Open category, taking 2nd in the all-around, as well as silver on vault and high bar, and bronze on floor.

Ken Ikeda’s (Twisters) Parallel Bars routine provided one of the meet’s most memorable moments. After 22 Canadian Championships, 8 World Championships and 1 Olympic Games, Ikeda landed the final dismount of his career and was carried off the floor by his teammates and competitors in a celebration fit for a gymnastics legend. Ikeda was also recognized by Gymnastics Canada for his extended career with a special award presented to him during the medal ceremonies.

Full MAG results

Trampoline Gymnastics

Trampoline gymnasts had a successful competition, with many athletes coming out on top in multiple events.

Kyle Carragher (Shasta) and Tamara O’Brien (Shasta), members of last year’s world championship double-mini teams, both took the senior titles with great form and difficulty.

Emily Schmidt (KGTC) took home hardware in each of her events—gold in L 6 tumbling and L 6 18+ trampoline, and the bronze in junior double-mini

Gavin Dodd (KGTC), last year’s 11-12 double mini world age group champion, took the L6 17U double mini title as well as the L5 Tumbling title and finished 3rd in L6 17U trampoline.

Jordyn Yendley (Okanagan), a member of last year’s world age group team, took both Canadian titles in L 6 17U trampoline and double-mini.

In Team Finals, BC landed on the podium several times with a bronze in men’s trampoline, and silvers in women’s tumbling and women’s double mini

Full TG results

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

The JO 9 team placed third with Lora Harter (Omega) taking gold on vault, and Jordis Kliewer (Twisters) and Ella Rogers (Delta) tying for the floor title.

In the junior women’s category Haley de Jong (Flicka) placed 4th all-around and took 2nd in floor. De Jong was one of only four junior gymnasts recognized with the international achievement award for her medal winning performances in international competition.

Taylor Chan (TAG), in her last competition as part of Team BC before heading to San Jose State University on a full scholarship this fall, became Canadian champion on floor and placed 3rd on bars on her way to 4th all-around in JO 10 16+.

Jessie Moody (Vancouver Phoenix) took the JO 10 16+ beam gold with a stunning routine.

Full WAG results 

Olympic Hopefuls

For most of Team BC, the Canadian Championships represents the culmination of the year’s work; for our Olympic hopefuls, Scott Morgan (Flicka) and Shallon Olsen (Omega), the journey to Rio has just begun.

Scott Morgan led the BC MAG team with his medal haul of gold on floor and rings, and silver on vault. He is one of three athletes short-listed to be named to Canada’s Olympic team. Canadian men came up short of their goal to qualify a full team to the Rio Olympics and can only send one athlete to the Games. Morgan is a strong contender for the spot with his brilliant performance in Edmonton, and impressive international resume including the World Championship finals in floor.

On the women’s side, Shallon Olsen impressed at Nationals with a floor silver and vault gold. She moves on to the Olympic selection taking place in Gatineau, QC in three weeks’ time. The Canadian women’s team has incredible depth right now and will send a full team of 5 to the Olympics. Olsen can contribute to the team with spectacular vaults and a solid floor routines which contain world class tumbling.

Best of luck to our two BC Olympic hopefuls and congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches who represented our province with pride. #GoTeamBC!