Gymnasts take on Canada’s best in Halifax

Yukon's artistic gymnastics team may have been in a little over their heads at the Canada Winter Games this week in Halifax. But the experience was invaluable, said head coach Jennifer Ryan.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

Yukon’s artistic gymnastics team may have been in a little over their heads at the Canada Winter Games this week in Halifax. But the experience was invaluable, said head coach Jennifer Ryan.

“I think it was a really good experience for both girls,” she said. “They kept it together mentally, which is something we’ve been talking about a lot leading up to the Games – focussing on their own gymnastics, their own performances.

“They were competing against the girl who’s doing the first double twisting double tuck (on the floor) in Canada. So the calibre of gymnasts was much higher at these Canada Games.”

Making competition stiffer was that these Games, for the first time, accepted nationally carded athletes for the first time.

Translation: many of the gymnasts in Halifax will be representing the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“It really upped the (skill) level the girls competed against,” said Ryan.

Representing the Yukon in Tuesday’s individual event were Corey Baxter and Kelcie Henney.

“It was a good experience for us to come to a bigger competition where the stands are full and you have to wait in corrals,” said Baxter. “The whole setup of it was good. It was a good experience.”

Baxter finished in 33rd, taking 28th on the floor for her best performance. Henney finished at the bottom in 36th, but grabbed 33rd on the beam and 34th on the vault.

“My gymnastics on Tuesday were a lot better than they were on Sunday; I had more confidence and oomph in my gymnastics,” said Baxter. “I didn’t see all my scores or placings, but the scores I did see I was happy with knowing we were competing at a level higher than we should be. Knowing that our scores were acceptable was kind of cool.”

Also on the team was Foreste Martin, who only competed in Sunday’s team event.

Yukon’s gymnastics team suffered a blow before stepping onto the plane to Halifax, losing their top performer and most experienced athlete, Anna Rivard, to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

With the loss of Rivard, the Yukon couldn’t field a full team of four. However, though not in the standings, the remaining three Yukoners still performed for the experience.

“There was a lot of inspiration as to what they can be and what they can do,” said team manager Catherine O’Donovan. “The girls said they can’t wait to get back to the gym, so that was awesome.

“There were moments when we thought we might lose them, being overwhelmed by the calibre there, but they would focus again and show up.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Whitehorse’s Geoffroy-Gagnon ready for first World Cup season

“It’s definitely going to be different — bigger courses, bigger competitions”

YG and Ottawa invest in climate change research projects

The objective is to work towards addressing damage caused by a warming climate

Kristina Kane re-elected chief of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

Christina Peters, who’s served as a TKC councillor, was elected deputy chief in the Oct. 15 election

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World

Commentary: Does Yukon need a United Way?

“The reason we ask is that we may not be sustainable”

Yukon soccer teams represent at Canada Soccer National Championships U15 Cup

“Everybody brought their game to a totally new level and set a (new) bar”

History Hunter: New book honours fallen Yukoners of World War I

The book introduces the story of Yukon’s wartime involvement and describes heroic contributions

Commentary: Celebrating Hanksgiving

Instead of a cornucopia centrepiece filled with autumn foods and flora, we use the Wilson volleyball

U Kon Echelon holds weekend mountain bike racing camp in Whitehorse

“It’s incredible the changes I’m seeing from when we started in September to now”

Liberals to scope out ‘efficiencies’ in departments

The premier was asked about ostensible reductions to department budgets at question period

You and your new car warranty

There are some things that may put your new vehicle or extended warranty at risk

Whitecaps, TSE partner for new youth soccer academy centre program

“They’re building on that relationship”

Most Read