Onward and upward for trampoline and tumbing crew
by Randy Pascal
Whether in interclub competition or in Ontario Cup provincial qualifiers, the trampoline and tumbling crew with the Sudbury Laurels were
busy reaching new heights recently.
Participating in the second Ontario Cup of the season in Niagara Falls, no less than five separate local athletes broke into new territory with their
scores, highlighted by the following finishes:
Kylie Baxter (Level 1 Trampoline) – placed first with a score of 82.310 (+ 1.35)
Hector Loiselle (Level 3 Tumbling) – placed first with a score of 52.70 (+ 2.70)
Isabelle Croteau (Level 1 Tumbling) – score of 50.30 was 26.3 higher than first qualifier
Brooklyn Lavallee (Level 3 Tumbling) – score of 51.6 was 11 higher than first qualifier
(also reached the standard to attend championships)
Avani Innis (Level 1 Tumbling) – score of 51.40 was 2.5 higher than first qualifier
(also completed a new pass that included three back handsprings to a back-tuck)
Earning a bronze medal at Level 5 National, Connor MacDonald endured mixed emotions. While his overall score of 107.80 was less than what he had
hoped for, his performance included two new passes, his first featuring six whips to a double back-tuck, and his second highlighted by a twisting whip,
ending with a double twist, which he successfully landed this time.
MacDonald is busy preparing to compete in Québec this month, representing Team Ontario from April 5th to the 8th.
Interclub athletes need not take a back seat to this results, as Kierra Pheasant (Level B) earned silver with a score of 54.07, while Noah
Baby (Level D) secured a bronze medal, inverting those numbers with a result of 50.47.
Jessica Abbott (Level B) slipped in to a fourth place finish, receiving 55.03 from the judges, while Ben Managhan (Level B) sat first
after his compulsory routine but could not hold on to that placement, earning 43.93 points in total.