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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
One more crack for Seb Larochelle
by Randy Pascal

The GymZone – Sudbury Laurels trampoline competitors were more than happy to welcome back a familiar face, along with a relative newcomer to the fold, as they recently completed their second qualifier of the season.

Veteran Pauleena Moote (Level 5 – 16 and under women) would lead the way with a bronze medal finish, while Sebastian Larochelle (Level 5 – 16 and over men) secured sixth place, while targeting another jump in levels.

Kyle Lapierre (Level 6 – 17 and over men) slotted into 8th place in his grouping, while Halley Baker (Level 3 – 14-15 women) showed signs of the potential that still lies within, placing 10th despite making her return to the sport after a fairly lengthy absence.

“She has regained her skills and started to dust off the cobwebs to improve the fitness in her routines that will help her hopefully qualify for provincial championships at her next qualifier,” noted head coach Michelle Seanor.

Rounding out the group was youngster Elaina Allen (Level 1 – 11-12 women), finishing 20th in a very busy bracket. For Larochelle, who will soon turns 19 and is completing his first year with the Millwright program at Cambrian College, the performance provided support to his decision to return for at least one more year.

“I was actually thinking that last year was going to be my last year,” Larochelle admitted. “I decided to give it another shot, so by qualifying for Level 6, it kind of gives me a boost to keep going on.”

All this, despite some last minute maneuvering as he prepared for the meet that was hosted in Kingston. “A couple of weeks before the competition, I changed up my routine, because I was having a hard time with it,” said Larochelle.

“A week before the competition, I started getting it down pat, so I was pumped going into it. At the competition, I executed what I wanted to do in both my routines. I was pretty happy with that.”

That said, there remains some tinkering still needed as he readies himself for one final qualifier later this month. “I need to bring my bounce a little bit higher, so that I can score a little bit better,” said Larochelle.

“I have a tendency to throw my head on takeoff, so I fly backwards or forwards. To bounce higher, I have to push up, before I flip."

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