International Gymnix 2018

On Tuesday, Team Norfort left to Montreal for the International Gymnix competition.  Team Norfort included the Aspire 1 athletes in the National stream; Desiree McGrath, Cassia Aucoin and Delaram Ghasemi. The Junior Olympics stream J.O 8 included Camryn Boulton, Abby McCoy, Fallon Horbachewski. J.O 9 included Ava-Lee McLean, Avery McCoy, Ashley Ponak, Anna Inkster. Calle Inkster competed in J.O level 10.

Taylor Boulton injured herself right before the competition. She was making a comeback on this stage from a fractured bone in her left foot earlier in February.  Having a setback and watching from the audience was not easy for her. She was there for the team and showed true sportsmanship to Norfort! Lots of praise for her attitude towards the team!

Athletes trained the first two days in a local gymnastics club called ‘Laval Excellence’. This club opened their doors for us to train comfortably. We used a nice facility in order to prepare well for the competition.

Ava Lee competed well in her category. With more confidence on her beam routine, she still had to take home a mistake, but lots of victory was already earned in training.

Avery McCoy competed her first AA of the year, after struggles on vault earlier this year. She earned her vault and competed both vaults well! Her highlight of the meet was beam where she took the silver. A special note is that Avery competed a new floor line! 2.5 twist was planned in the first line. Not feeling comfortable, Avery decided to go 100% and landed her 2.5 twist in her last line! This was an unexpected surprise and turned out to be great!

Ashley competed in all 4 events as well, with a strong performance! She went for each performance on each event, but unfortunately Ashley struggled to find her way during the competition. Ashley has some repairs to do in the next 2 weeks before the next competition.

Anna Inkster competed in 3 events. Coming back from a chronic back injury, Inkster was in control of herself on bars and vault. On beam, Inkster is still in the process to find her balance and full confidence to compete strong!

Calle Inkster competed in the Level 10 category! Inkster has had a great year so far. She has been improving on certain events. On bars Calle is getting the reputation of being clean and strong! Inkster stayed strong above the rest of the athletes at the competition. Calle won the bars and took the GOLD medal home! Inkster is finding the same kind of strong performance on beam, unfortunately Inkster had to leave the beam too early.

In the Aspire level, there is lots of great talent in this category. Norfort had 3 young athletes competing against strong competitors.  All 3 athletes had flawless performances. Every single individual performed to their ability and showed off clean gymnastics. Delaram took home the AA bronze and was 6th on vault, 5th on bars, 6th on floor, and 4th on beam.

Cassia had some heel pain but gave a strong AA performance. Her best was on beam where Cassia was 8th. Cassia showed absolutely beautiful gymnastics on this event! On bars she made her goals by keeping strong shapes on her casts to handstand.

Desiree showed off on floor where she ended up placing 4th.  A personal best and just less than 0.075 away from a medal. On beam she ended up placing 6th. These young athletes have improved very much in this competition. All of them scored AA more than a full point more! There was much joy to be competing against such strong competitors in Canada.

In the J.O 8, Camryn gave a strong performance in all events. Boulton improved in her ability to be in control of herself, and you could see that in her amplitude and attacking her gymnastics! Her personal best was on bars where Camryn took the silver home! On beam Camryn showed better gymnastics than all previous meets.  One fall off beam withheld her from being in the top 3. There was a lot of joy as well with the AA ceremony. Boulton stepped on the podium and took the silver home!! She was only 0.025 away from taking home gold. Camryn and her coaches are very happy!

In the last competition of the meet, Fallon and Abby competed.  Strong performances from both athletes who had to wait the whole week before they could start! Fallon was great on bars. With her strong lines and hitting all her handstands, Fallon took home gold! On floor, Horbachewski scored well and was 6th at the end. Abby showed strong gymnastics on all 4 events. For her this was a learning experience that clean gymnastics is the future. Abby went home to work on the details that matter to move her up in her overall gymnastics.

Norfort is proud of each of the athletes! Big improvements were made and everyone gave great performances! Next up is the AGF (Alberta Gymnastics Federation) competitions. Qualifications are there to place for Provincials, Westerns and Nationals. Good luck ladies!

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