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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Closing out the gymnastics season in style
by Randy Pascal

If the final meet of the season was any indication, the Women's Artistic crew representing the GymZone – Sudbury Laurels will have plenty to look forward to come the fall, as they embark upon the 2018-2019 campaign.

Making their traditional early summer trek to the North Bay Gymtrix Sunshine Classic, the locals absolutely rocked it, turning it strong performances right across the board, in just about every level that they entered.

Charlee Faragher was part of an impressive one-two showing in the Level 6 ages 11-13 (B) division, placing first in every event but the vault, and beating out teammate Abby Managhan (37.20 to 36.375) in the race for the overall aggregate crown.

“For my first meet (in Burlington), my attitude going in wasn't that great, my self-esteem wasn't that great,” said Faragher, who just completed grade seven at Northeastern Public School. “In North Bay, I remember talking to my parents, telling them I was going to do great, I was going to crush it this meet.”

That she did.

Faragher earned top spot in the bars (8.875), beam (9.475) and floor (9.60), with Managhan placing second in the latter two. “My potential was probably the exact same, but I think in the three weeks in between meets, it was a matter of thinking of what I did well and working on what I could have done better.”

It was a very similar story for fellow grade seven graduate, Kennedy Newell, from Ecole St Denis. The level three gymnast topped her eight athlete grouping in both the beam (9.35) and floor (9.525) in earning an overall silver medal in this, her fifth year of competitive gymnastics.

“Burlington didn't go as well as I was hoping, my bars were very off that day,” acknowledged Newell. “My routine in North Bay was a lot cleaner. My legs were straighter, my toes were pointed, my skills were more tucked.”

Looking to advance to Level 4 in the fall, Newell will join a good number of the Laurels' competitive gymnasts in taking part in the program that the GymZone offers in June, July and August, thankful for the on-going benefits that she draws from her involvement with the sport.

“If I don't do summer training, when I get back next year, I will be so out of shape and that's not going to go too well,” she said. “I like the challenge that gymnastics brings. You have to work to get something. You have to work hard on a skill to be able to get it.”

Other first place finishers for the Sudbury Laurels included Savannah Brisebois (Level 7 – ages 15+) and Marisol Toupin (Level 9).

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