After an extremely successful 2015 for Canadian gymnastics which saw Ellie Black dominate the Pan-Amercian Games, the Canadian team win silver in the team competition at the Pan-American Games and place 6th in the team competition at the World Championships. Canada is now looking towards Rio and this weekend their Olympic year gets started.

The 2016 Elite Canada competition will take place this weekend, Friday 5th February- Sunday 7th February in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Being one of the major competitions on the Canadian Gymnastics calendar, it gives an indication as to who will be the major players in the Canadian gymnastics world in the forthcoming year and acts as preparation for the gymnasts for the Canadian Championships and beyond. Whilst including the Canadian National Team gymnasts, this is a domestic event and so therefore includes many lesser known gymnasts and also up and coming gymnasts in the Novice and Junior International Elite levels. Whilst not household names yet, there is many impressive gymnasts particularly in the Junior category who should be taken note of. Gymnasts such as 2015 Elite Canada All-Around silver medalist, Jade Chrobok, 2015 Elite Canada silver medalist on floor, Haley DeJong and newcomer and sister of 2012 Olympian, Victoria Moors, Brooklyn Moors.mr1032.jpg

Whilst certainly ones to watch for the future, it is of course the Olympic year and so all eyes will be focused on the Senior Competition where the future Olympians will be in action. In this session, the ones to watch are 2012 Olympian and 2015 Pan-American Games All-Around Champion, Ellie Black, who will be competing on home soil in Nova Scotia, 2015 World Team members, Audrey Rousseau, Sydney Townsend, Victoria Kayen-Woo and Isabela Onyshko. Amongst these seasoned veterans three newcomers must also be watched, sister of Victoria, Rose Kaying-Woo, who competed with the seniors as a Junior at last years Elite Canada and was the All-Around Champion, Megan Roberts, last years Junior All-Around Champion and Shallon Olsen, who competed alongside Rose as a Junior in the Senior division and was crowned the Senior Vault Champion, despite only being a Junior. Clearly a hotly contested competition and one not to be missed, it will set the stage for the forthcoming year and allow future stars to take their place in the spotlight.

The competition begins on February 5th and the schedule is as follows: http://gymcan.org/uploads/events/elitecanada2016_ag/2016%20%20elite%20canada%20schedule%20_en_final_web.pdf

The competition will also be streamed live online: http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/52?utm_content=buffer5935a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer# in the WAG section

Full can be found here on the Gymnastics Canada website: http://gymcan.org/uploads/events/elitecanada2016_ag/2016%20ec%20ag%20athlete%20lists.pdf           Live scoring also available: http://www.sportzsoft.com/meet/meetWeb.dll/MeetResults?SessionId=49741541358635&gotoTab=D

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