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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
A whole series of firsts for Sudbury Laurels gymnasts
by Randy Pascal

Tour Selection in Mississauga was the site of many a first for the eight member Sudbury Laurels' delegation that made their way there last month. Not necessarily firsts, as in first place ribbons, but countless other groundbreaking accomplishments that bode extremely well for the entire women's artistic crew at the GymZone.

Half of those who made the trek from Sudbury to southern Ontario were experiencing the environment of this top level provincial meet for the very first time. Showing the way, within this grouping, was Abbygayle Dupuis (Level 6 – Age 14+), who registered a huge score of 9.5 on a beautifully executed floor routine, earning her an eighth place ribbon, and matching that placement with an impressive vault of 9.2 as well.

Showcasing a brand new floor routine, first time entry Madysen Mulligen (Level 6 – 14+) also completed a brand new r-off entry vault during the competition, a move that was mirrored by Charlotte Eberlein (Level 7 – 14+).

“Charlotte came into this competition looking confident and ready to take on a new level,” noted head coach Terra Davidson of her gymnast that was competing at her first Level 7 event. Recording an impressive all around score of 36.315 and hitting on all four events, a sequence that included a new acro series on the beam, Eberlein was rewarded with an 8th place ribbon on the vault.

Venturing into new grounds, as well, were the tandem of Chanelle Lazure (Level 6 – 14+) and Chloe Pitura (Level 7 – 14+), with Lazure taking part in her first Tour Selection, unveiling a new dismount on the beam, and Pitura making the jump to Level 7 for the very first time.

“Chloe started off a little shaky on beam, but was able to compose herself for her next three events,” said Davidson. Her performance included new elements on both the floor (new tumbling line) and beam (new acro connection).

Enjoying her final year of provincial competition before heading off to university, Brielle Charlebois (Level 7 - 14+) also took the leap, tackling Level 7 adversaries for the very first time. “Brielle hit a great floor routine, putting up a huge score of 9.40,” noted Davidson.

Finally, Rachel Uguccioni (Level 8 – 14+) started her season with a bang, recording her highest ever all-around score, posting a mark of 36.199 over the course of the day. “Rachel was solid on both bars and beam, putting up great scores (8.9 and 9.166), and competed two great vaults, scoring 9.4 on the event and taking home a 7th place ribbon,” said Davidson.

With Tour Selection out of the way, the Sudbury Laurels women's artistic group, as well as the gymnasts representing the local club in the T & T (Tumbling and Trampoline) meets, are all preparing for their qualifiers, giving way to provincials come April and May of 2019.

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