Tokyo and Jesolo outcomes, another Pacific Rim substitution …
As the successful Commonwealth team gymnasts take their last dips in the Pacific ocean at Gold Coast and journey back to the Great White/Wet North, other Canadians competing abroad had their struggles.
At the FIG Tokyo World Cup, Jackson Payne, of Calgary Gymnastics Centre, injured his ankle on his second floor pass and struggled gingerly through the rest of the event to finish 8th all around, earning his share of prize money ($4,000).
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In case people are wondering what happened, I unfortunately injured my left ankle on my second line of my first event and could not finish my floor routine. Finishing the competition with simple routines and no dismounts on all remaining events was a struggle (mentally and physically) to say the least. Frankly, I feel disappointed and wish I could have shown better for Canada 🇨🇦. I’m so lucky to have had my coach, Bin, here with me. THANK YOU to all my family and friends for your amazing support. And congratulations to Sam @samuelmikulak on a great performance and thanks for helping me get through a difficult day. 💪🏻 #thestruggleisreal #nopaynenogain
Tokyo was not a great outcome for Victoria Woo, of Gym-Richelieu, with falls on bars and beam, she finished beautifully on floor to be seventh all around. Her accompanying coach Julie Charron is there while her father, Michel Charron, is recovering from a complicated surgery. Vic will prepare next for the Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia the last weekend in April.
Another change to the Pacific Rim team includes the replacement of most elegant Brooklyn Moors of Dynamo Gymnastics with Sophie Marois of Viagym. The other team members appear to be Haley de Jong, Emma Spence, Imogen Paterson, and Zoé Allaire-Bourgie.
Canadians competed at the Trofeo Città di Jesolo in Italy for a memorable experience. Junior Mia St-Pierre of Gym-Fly in Châteauguay had the best result with 23rd all around and seventh in vault finals. A team of Novice and Junior High Performance gymnasts including St-Pierre, Lucia Jakab, Quinn Skrupa, and Jenna Sartoretto finished eighth. Competing in Senior individually, Laurie-Lou Vézina of Gym-Fly finished 30th all around amongst a strong field of Americans including Ragan Smith and Emma Malabuyo of Texas Dreams, and Russians including Angelina Melknikova and Anastasia Iliankova.