Canadian rhythmic gymnasts capture seven medals at 2019 Junior Pan Am Championships

Source: Gymnastics Canada

MONTERREY, MEX (June 15, 2019) – Team Canada rhythmic gymnasts had a very successful competition at the 2019 Junior Pan American Championships in Monterrey, MEX over the weekend, coming home with seven medals total, including a silver medal in the team competition on Friday.

Michel Vivier of Vaughn, ON will be coming home with the most hardware after dominating the individual apparatus finals on Saturday to win three gold and one silver medal to add to her team silver. She also finished fourth in the individual all-around (AA) competition on Friday.

“After yesterday I pulled myself together and managed to achieve my goals for this competition,” said Vivier who was recently crowned the 2019 Canadian junior AA champion, and is headed to the Junior World Championships in July. “I am happy with my routines today and of course the end result of three gold and one silver. I plan to work hard cleaning up my execution particularly with ribbon (as I get ready for the Junior World Championships).”

Vivier took gold with her rope, ball, and clubs routines that all scored over 17 points.

In the individual AA competition on Friday, it was Elizabeth Savchenko of Montreal, QC who laid down four solid routines to walk away with the bronze medal. Technically she and Vivier finished with the same score total of 61.450 but Savchenko had the higher execution scores which broke the tie and gave her the podium result.

“This is my first competition representing Canada at such an important competition,” said Savchenko who finished second in the AA competition at the recent Canadian Championships behind Vivier. “I was very honoured to receive the bronze medal and to share the silver with my teammates in the team event!  This competition has been a great experience so far.”

The team was composed of Viver, Savchenko, Tatiana Cocsanova of Montreal, and Suzanna Shahbazian, also of Montreal.

In the group competition, the athletes from Glimmer Athletic Club finished fourth overall in the AA competition, but came back on Saturday to take the bronze medal with their five ribbons routine. They finished fifth with their hoops routine. The group is composed of Katerina Berestetsky, Marta Kovalevych, Alissa Levytskyy, Anna Lunga, Bobbi Rimrott, and Sianna Tsakiridis.

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Competition in Italy

The Glimmer Athletic Club participated at the 10th Torneo Internazionale per clubs Citta’ Di Terranuova Junior and Senior competition in the end of September 2018.. All the gymnasts were competing with two routines by choice. 

Senior category – 30 gymnasts.  Carmel Kallemaa 1. place in the clubs (15,65) and 6. place in the hoop (13,6). Bad luck in hoop routine, when hoop was flying out of the carpet. Carmel took a spare hoop which was novice sized and she did more than half of the routine with small hoop. After this mistake organizers changed all the spare hoops.   Madison Rovers 7. place in hoop (12,4) and 12. place in ball (12,25)

Junior category – 39 gymnasts.  Bobbi Rimrott 6. place in ball (11,5) and 9. place in ribbon (10,3) Katerina Berestetsky 8. place in rope (10,15) and 14. place in ball (10,4) Alissa Levytskyy 16. place in ball (10,05) and 19. place in clubs (10,05)

It was a good experience for our girls for the first start in the season. Competition was 3 hours behind. However it is good to learn from these kind of competitions. 

Russian National Team coach Ekaterina Pirozhkova at Glimmer

Russian National Team coach Ekaterina Pirozhkova spent time in Toronto on July 30-August 11, 2018 teaching us many things that had yet to be learned. We had a great camp! 

Thank you Ekaterina! 

You are an amazing individual and because of that you also brought out the best in us! 

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”