Mitchel Pedersen captures first senior all-around titles in both tumbling and double-mini trampoline at 2021 Virtual Elite Canada in trampoline gymnastics
OTTAWA, ON (September 27th, 2021) – The 2021 Elite Canada in trampoline gymnastics wrapped up earlier this month with Mitchel Pedersen (Calgary Gymnastics Centre) taking the top spot in both senior double-mini trampoline and senior tumbling. Nathan Shuh (Skyriders) and Rachel Tam (Skyriders) captured first place finishes in trampoline. Hannah Metheral (T&T Adventure) took first in women’s double-mini trampoline.
Held virtually, the 2021 Elite Canada saw athletes and coaches submit videos of their routines taken at their home gyms from August 27 to September 5, 2021. Judging then took place September 10-11. Awards were handed out for the following categories: senior, junior, and levels 7 to 5 in all three disciplines of trampoline gymnastics.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in some provinces, not all eligible athletes elected to compete.
This event serves as part of the team selection for the 2021 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships and World Age Group Competitions. The format for Elite Canada is based on fresh start finals, rather than cumulative score.
Mitchel Pedersen of Calgary Gymnastics Centre captured the gold medal in both the senior tumbling (64.10) and senior double-mini trampoline (70.80) events. 2021 marks Pedersen’s first season competing in the senior category in both disciplines.
“I was incredibly happy to have landed all of my routines as I worked hard on improving my consistency leading up to Elite Canada said Pedersen. “While some of them can still improve, it felt good to successfully complete my planned routines. I am working on some upgrades and will be looking at adding more difficulty for the upcoming Canadian Championships.”
In men’s senior double-mini trampoline, Kieran Lupish from Burlington T&T finished in second (70.40), while Nolan Zurek from Phoenix Gymnastics Centre finished in third (69.20)
Nathan Shuh of Skyriders Trampoline took the gold medal in the senior trampoline men’s event (57.895), followed by Trevor Stirling, also from Skyriders Trampoline in second (56.305), and Keegan Soehn from Thunder Country in third (55.840).
Hannah Metheral, who trains at T&T Adventure in Saskatchewan, achieved a gold medal (65.20) in her first Canadian event in the senior category on double-mini trampoline.
“I'm super happy with my performance, especially because it was my first time competing in senior said Metheral. I wish it could've been in person but I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to compete. Now my focus is on cleaning up a couple of things for Canadian Championships next week."
Taking the silver medal in women’s senior double-mini was Laurence Roux from Dynamix (64.90). Taking bronze was Kristina Dodd from Kamloops Gymnastics-Trampoline Centre (64.40).
The gold medal winner for senior women’s trampoline was Rachel Tam from Skyriders Trampoline (55.10), followed by Rosie MacLennan, also from Skyriders Trampoline in second (54.995), and Sara-Jade Berthiaum from Virtuose in third (51.985).
In the junior competition, for men’s trampoline and double-mini trampoline, Étienne Cloutier from Dynamix, finished first with a score of 52.715 (trampoline) and 54.80 (double-mini trampoline).
Winning gold in junior women’s trampoline was Lily-Ann Ulmer from Calgary Gymnastics Centre (46.810).
“Our first virtual Elite Canada was a success” said Karen Cockburn, National Team Director for trampoline gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “The athletes, coaches, and judges have adapted well to the virtual competition format. Congratulations to all of the athletes, and coaches who participated and we hope to see you at an in-person event soon.”
Full results and submitted videos are available for viewing here: http://gymcan.org/events-results/canada-cup/overview
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