Quinte Bay power tumblers compete at world events in Bulgaria

Three power tumblers from the Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club have recently competed at world events in Sofia, Bulgaria.

All three were selected to the Canadian teams in early October.

Justin Thompson, along with his coach Katelyn Thompson who was selected to the Canadian coaching staff for power tumblers, headed to Bulgaria from Nov. 16 to 19 for the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships.

Justin Thompson in action at the World Championships in Bulgaria.

In competition, Justin Thompson performed two new passes in prelims which secured him a spot in the semifinals. In the semifinals, he added even more difficulty into his pass which earned him a 10thplace finish and the first reserved spot for finals. This is the best placement Canada has had in men’s tumbling at the World Championships since 2013.

On top of this amazing accomplishment, Thompson was also selected to compete in the All-Around Team final. Team Canada ended with a fifthplace finish in this event. Thompson was also selected by team Canada to be the flag bearer during opening ceremonies.

Quinte Bay’s Jared Matthews and Philo Malek, who are also coached by Katelyn Thompson, made their way to Bulgaria for the World Age Group Competitions from Nov. 23 to 26.

Philo Malek in action at the World Age Group Championships.

Malek competed on Nov. 24th in the ages 17-21 division earning himself a 28th place finish. Matthews competed Nov. 25 in the ages 15-16 division where he earned his way into the finals. Later in the day he performed two new passes which was enough to earn him a third place bronze medal result.

Both athletes look forward to getting back in the gym to work on new passes for the upcoming season. Throughout the year they hope to secure themselves a spot at next year’s World Championships.

Jared Matthews (right) earned a bronze medal at the World Age Group Championships.