Gymnasts fare well in Ottawa, Mississauga

By: Randy Pascal – Playback

 | Feb 19, 2014 - 2:06 PM |
Two different groupings, separated by 400 kilometres or more, both representing the GymZone Sudbury Laurels shared one common goal on the weekend — posting some memorable results at competitions in Ottawa and Mississauga.

Four local athletes took part in the trampoline qualifier hosted by Les Sitelles in the nation's capital, with Pauleena Moote leading the way with a third-place showing in Provincial 2 (ages 13-14).

Making her debut in trampoline competition, Taryn Thompson looked right at home, finishing seventh in the Provincial 1 (age 13-14) grouping, while Cassandra Ranger enjoyed a personal best, placing 13th in the field of Provincial 2 (age 15+) gymnasts.

Facing the stiffest competition in the group, Sebastien Larochelle slid into 12th place in the Provincial 3 men's category.

Meanwhile in Mississauga, a pair of Sudbury GymZone representatives were in action, including James Tremblay.

The local men's artistic gymnastics competitor converted a silver medal in the high bars and bronze on the floor to a seventh-place finish in the overall aggregate, the first time the Laurels have ever placed an athlete in the all-around scoring at this level of provincial programming.

Graham Boland was also extremely consistent, showing well in four different disciplines: floor (fifth), vault (seventh), parallel bars (seventh) and rings (eighth).

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