Island gymnasts inspired by Olympian Ellie Black
Olympic gymnast Ellie Black had a crowd of young fans eager to meet her during the recent Prince Edward Classic competition in Charlottetown. A key member of Canada’s most successful women’s gymnastics team in history, and current Canadian champion, Black wowed spectators with her world class routines. In addition to Black, men’s Canadian champion Hugh Smith was also competing. Island Gymnastics Academy has hosted this competition annually for the last eighteen years and it is the largest of its kind east of Montreal.
“It was exciting for our senior gymnasts to share the competition floor with Ellie Black. She is a great inspiration for our local athletes.” says Meet Director Lea Rand.
Island Gymnastics Academy gymnasts had close to 300 podium finishes over the weekend, winning the all-around gold in seven categories, and event gold medals on numerous apparatus. Open 2 champion Jenny Campbell led the girls’ team with the highest Academy score, an impressive 49.80. She also won beam and floor. Reese Kelly was PEI’s top Level 4, winning the gold in the Tyro 4 all-around and taking first place on vault, bars, and beam. Tessa McGuigan took the silver medal in the Novice 4 category.
In Open 3 Megan Doucette was first overall and the gold medalist on floor. Tyro 3 girls had a strong showing with Karisa Quinn winning the silver in the all-around and gold on vault. Teammate Jenaya Ross was third overall. In Novice 3, Alicia Muttart was the top performer with a bronze all-around medal. Teammate Alexa McClure took the gold medals on both bars and beam. Lauren MacDonald took first overall in a strong field of competitors in Tyro 2. Sophie Mayne was the Argo 2 floor champion. Maggie Campbell was the Argo 1 champion with teammate Emily Gallant claiming the bronze overall medal. Academy Argo 1 girls also won several event gold medals. Emily Gallant won bars, Ella MacDougall and Lilly Chappell won beam, and Lindsay Ching won floor. Ella Hickey took the silver medal in the all-around and the gold on bars.
Gabriel Ing added to his recent win in Nova Scotia with the all-around gold medal in Level 1 under 10. He also won floor, parallel bars, and high bar. Also in Level 1, Simon Burns was second all-around and took the gold on rings and vault in the over 12 category. Teammate Ben Davidson was third all-around in the under 12 category. In Level 2 under 10, Trent Quinn took the gold overall as well as first place on floor, pommels, vault and parallel bars.
In Level 3 under 13, Jacob Carver was the vault champion. In the over 13 category, Donovan Ching won overall bronze and took first place on vault. In Level 4 over 13, Ryan McKenna was second all-around and first on high bar. Isaac Bourque was third overall in Pre-Argo Elite and took the gold on parallel bars. In National Open, Blaise Roberts was first overall and also took the gold medal on pommels, rings and parallel bars. Sam Mallett won the gold medal on high bar. Island gymnasts who qualified at this competition will have the opportunity to compete later in the season at regional & national championships.