It’s been a busy start to the 2012 competitive season for the athletes at the Island Gymnastics Academy.  PEI’s largest gymnastics club has recently seen athletes achieve success on both the regional and national stage. 

 At the prestigious Elite Canada meet, that included the top gymnasts from all across Canada, in Mississauga in February; the Academy sent young up and comer, Samuel Gillis, who competed in the difficult and deep “Argo” category. Gillis had a great performance at the 2 day event successfully hitting 12/12 routines, and turned many heads at this, his first national level competition.  Leading team PEI into battle was the seasoned veteran, 36 year old Scott Chandler.  Scott competed against current and future olympic team members in the senior category, narrowly missing event finals on both floor and vault.  Chandler, although recently sidelined by injury, continues to be a favorite among fans, as well as judges, coaches and competitors at National level competitions.

 The Academy took a strong team to Nova Scotia to compete in the Halifax Invitational Altamate Meet on February 24-25.  In the “Level 3, 13+” category, Kalyon MacPhail, and Phillip Udalay finished 1st and 2nd respectively, combining for 12 event medals between them.  The level 1 team was lead by relative newcomer to the sport Isaac Bourque, who finished with a silver medal all around, and 6 event medals including 3 gold, and Devon MacDonald who finished a strong 5th all around, which included a bronze medal on the parallel bars.  Donovan Ching finished a strong performance with a 7th all around finish in the “Level 3<13“ category.  Colin Blackadar competed in “Level 4 <13”, and Brandon Banks, Gabriel Arsenault, Ted Landry all competed in the “Level 4 13+” category.  Alex Mann was the only National level competitor at the competition from PEI and he competed in the youth category.

 The future of PEI gymnastics was on display Friday March 2nd in Dartmouth, as the Island Gymnastics Academy’s Level 1 Boys team challenged the best young gymnasts from across the maritimes at the Dartmouth Titans Invitational Competition.  The Level 1 team was lead by a pair of all around silver medalists, Ryan McKenna, in the 13+ category, and Isaac Bourque, who tallied 5 event medals en route to his 2nd all around finish in the <13 division.  Additionally, in this category, Jacob Carver finished just off the podium in 4th all around including a gold medal performance on Vault.  Trent Quinn finished 6th all around, and rounding out the Island team included strong performances by Stuart Lawther, Ben Davidson, and Devon MacDonald.

 The Island Gymnastics Academy continues to send boys to compete at major up and coming events that include: The Kyle Shewfelt Invitational in Calgary, the Atlantic Championships in St. John’s, and the Canadian National Championships in Regina.



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