Quinte Bay gymnasts excel at national championships

By Jeff Gard/ Total Sports Quinte

The month of July was a big one for Quinte Bay Tumbling and Acrobatic athletes.

They both attended the Canadian National Championship in their respective disciplines where the best athletes from across the country come together to compete.

Canadian National Championships for acrobatic gymnastics were hosted in Oakville July 7 to 9. Athletes Paige Baldwin, Kiley Lafleur and Natalie Reilly competed against other top Acrobatic athletes from across Canada in the Women’s Trio, Level 7 Age 14+ division.

After two days of competition, they won the overall gold, which is the first Acro gold medal from a national competition for Quinte Bay.

Canadian National Championships for tumbling were hosted in Edmonton July 19 to 23. Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club sent seven national power tumblers to this event along with coach Katelyn Thompson who was named Ontario team coach. The Quinte athletes competed against the top tumblers in Canada in their respective divisions and brought home three all-around medals.

Results were: Justin Thompson – 1st Place Senior Men; Rachel Peck – 1st Place Junior Women; Jared Matthews – 2nd Place Senior Men; Philo Malek – 4th Place Senior Men; Gabby Cammaart – 4th Place Level 5 age 15/16 Women; Mackenzie Trider-Schmidt – 7th Place Level 5 Women age 17+; and Tasia Kursova – 8th Place Level 7 Women.

Thompson and Peck were also selected to represent Ontario in team finals, which were not completed due to a power outage.

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