Team BC named for Canadian Championships

One hundred eight B.C. artistic and trampoline gymnasts from 20 clubs have qualified for the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships. Team BC will compete at the championships in Ottawa from May 26 to 31. The athletes were named to the team following a series of trials held this winter and spring.

2004 Olympic team member Ken Ikeda (Twisters) is the anchor of a very strong men’s artistic gymnastics contingent. For Ikeda this will be the twentieth Canadian Gymnastics Championship in his very successful career. Joining Ikeda is Scot Morgan (Flicka) who finished eighth on floor exercise at last year’s artistic gymnastics world championships.

Samantha Smith (Okanagan), the 2012 Olympic team alternate, leads the 55 member trampoline team. Joining her is 2003 world double mini trampoline silver medalist Adam Menzies, who returned to competition this year after touring with Cirque du Soleil and other performing groups.

National team members Briannah Tsang (Flicka) and Shallon Olsen (Omega) lead the women’s artistic gymnastics team. The 13-year old Olsen is looking for her fourth straight Canadian title. She previously won the novice title in 2011 and the junior titles in 2012 and 2013.

The Canadian Gymnastics Championships are hosted annually throughout Canada. Over 1,000 athletes, coaches and officials will travel to Ottawa to compete for the right to be considered the best gymnasts in Canada.

Team BC