Kamloops BC will once again play host to the country’s best athletes as Canada’s Olympic selection for trampoline begins. The Tournament Capital Centre has hosted this event for the past two years alongside a Trampoline Provincial Cup and WAG invitational.International guests Brazil, China and USA have sent athletes as well.
Olympians Karen Cockburn and Rosie MacLennan along with national team members Samantha Sendel and Samantha Smith will be fighting for Canada’s one Olympic spot. Jason Burnett and Keegan Soehn seem to be the frontrunners for a men’s spot, should it be earned at the Test Event in Rio in April.
With no world championships in the Olympic year, senior athletes in tumbling and double-mini are looking to make qualifying scores for the national team in the build-up to 2017 Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Double-mini team medallists from last year’s world championships in Denmark competing this weekend include Jon Schwaiger, Kyle Carragher and Douglas Armstrong as well as Tamara O’Brien, Arden Oh and Karine Dufour.
Notable international athletes include American national team members Austin Nacey, Brandon Krzynefski and Paige Howard.
Four Chinese athletes from a club in Shanghai will be competing in trampoline, giving the Canadian audience a rare chance to see the deepest team in the world in action. Despite not being member’s of China’s world championship team, they are impressive in training with the perfect form we have come to expect from the Chinese.
In Age-group levels this competition serves as the first trial for the Indo Pacific Championships which will be held in Napier New Zealand in October
Competition is held along the British Columbia Provincial Cup, giving BC’s provincial athletes the chance to see their Olympic heroes in action.
Gymspired Media is partnering with Gymnastics BC to provide coverage of this prestigious event. Subcribe to Gymspired Media’s YouTube
Check out the playlist of last years event here.
February 6-13 is Canadian Gymnastics Week, and it’s a busy week for Gymspired Media! Last weekend we covered the Aaron Johnson Memorial Cup- one of the British Columbia trampoline competitions for athletes to qualify for Western Canada Cup and Canadian Championships. This weekend we are covering our first ever rhythmic gymnastics competition, Elite Canada in Richmond.
Gymnastics Canada wants to know why you love gymnastics so we asked around at the AJM Cup. Athletes, coaches, parents and judges tell us why they love our sport. The answers vary but one thing is for sure.. gymnastics unites people of all ages and backgrounds in their love for the sport.
Gymspired Media is counting down the top 10 of 2015 with video montages from meet coverage of the following meets:
Aaron Johnson Memorial Invitational
Canada Winter Games Artistic and Trampoline
Canada Cup and BC 2nd Trials
Gymnastics BC Artistic Championships
Trampoline Gymnastics BC Championships
Trampoline Western Canada Cup
Canadian Trampoline Championships
There were so many great routines, memorable moments and inspiring athletes that choosing just ten will be difficult…
The top 10 will include previously unreleased footage and will feature all disciplines- trampoline, women’s artistic and men’s artistic as well as all levels- from Olympians to aspiring Olympians to the very beginners.
Check out the Top 10 Playlist which will be updated until New Years Day!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!
Last month Gymspired Media Services covered the BC Gymnastics Championships for Gymnastics BC. Camera in hand, Catherine filmed as many routines as possible over the three day, 600 gymnast event. Every session, from compulsories to High Performance received some coverage- no small feat with either 8 or 10 events going on at the same time.
Champions were photographed and interviewed for quotes on Gymnastics BC’s publication Layout magazine and a series of promo videos were made. Now, the routines that were filmed are being featured in this playlist.
Starting with the feature videos and National level MAG and WAG, I’ll be adding to it with notable routines from all categories
The competition was a success for the athletes, for Gymnastics BC and for Gymspired- this was my first contract! The year of volunteering has paid off! Hopefully there is going to be much more of this on the future. I really believe all levels of gymnastics need the coverage. I'l be back out on the floor again next weekend at the BC Trampoline Championships in Port Moody.
Last night Prince George hosted a fantastic Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Dancers, singers, and local and provincial dignitaries welcomed everyone to BC’s north.
The highlight of the night was the athlete march-in. Representing their provinces and waving their flags, you can feel there is a connection here to another huge multi-sport event which many aspire to be at.
The big screen showed close ups of athletes and coaches, marching in and cheering, using their phones to capture the moment from their point of view. You could read lips; “Hi mom!” “There’s so many people!”
The expressions of joy and amazement were undeniable. The crowd supported every province and Team BC got a standing ovation.
Several dignitaries spoke of the importance of these games and reminded us that several notable Olympians got their start here. It’s a circle of inspiration. The athlete’s performances inspire the nation. The support of the nation inspires the athletes. We all win when sport is celebrated.
For some athletes this will be their biggest competition.
This is their Olympics; the memories and accomplishments will last a lifetime.
In a few years, Some athletes here will walk into an Olympic stadium under the Canadian flag and they’ll remember this moment, where their inspiration began.
Canada Games Cauldron
In just two days, young athletes from all over Canada will converge in Prince George, British Columbia for the Canada Winter Games. Since 1967 The Canada Games have been showcasing Canada’s young sporting talent. For Gymnastics fans, this year marks the first time Trampoline will be included, allowing two males and two females from each province the chance to compete in a multi-sport event. Artistic Gymnastics features men’s and women’s all around and team as in previous years.
Gymnastics Canada Trampoline High-Performance Director Stephan Duchesne knows the importance of the Canada Games and the impact it can have on the growth of the sport “It is highly important for trampoline to be included in these Games as they are the forefront window of all major sports in Canada. I hope this will stimulate all provinces and territories to increase or even start trampoline programs.”
Currently athletes from eight of the thirteen provinces/territories will compete in the 2015 Games.
” We were also given a place for 2019 in Red Deer, AB but the process was difficult and we were among the last sports to be accepted”
Despite having a World Championships dating back to 1964, the process has always been difficult for Trampoline. Previously seen by some as just a training tool for artistic gymnastics, Trampoline has come into it’s own with Olympic inclusion in 2000. With each Olympics, the sport becomes more mainstream and more respected, but certain misconceptions still remain. The sport of trampoline in no way resembles the backyard activity of trampoline!
When one thinks of Gymnastics superpower nations, USA, Russia, China often come to mind. However in Trampoline the only nation that has won a medal in every Olympic appearance is… you guessed it… Canada. Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan became a household name when she won Canada’s only gold medal in London 2012
The future looks bright for the sport of Trampoline around the world and here in Canada. Inclusion in the Canada Games benefits the sport and the athletes tremendously. The athletes are excited to display their skills in a multisport event and the city of Prince George, which has a fairly new Trampoline team, is looking forward to seeing this sport at a high level. As the sport continues to grow with the help of events such as the Canada Games, we can look forward to even more Olympic success.
Artistic Gymnastics runs from February 15-19. Trampoline on February 24 and 25