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Gymnastics Canada – MONTREAL, QC (March 10, 2019) –Zoé Allaire-Bourgie of Montreal, QC captured three medals in the junior apparatus finals, including gold on the floor exercise, on the final day of the 2019 International Gymnix competition in Montreal on Sunday. Ana Padurariu of Whitby, ON added gold on the uneven bars, while Haley de Jong of Port Coquitlam, BC captured silver on vault and floor exercise in the senior finals.
“Today was really great,” said Allaire-Bourgie who also won the junior all-around title on Saturday night, and added silver on the uneven bars and beam to her gold on floor. “Today I just came here to have fun. I took one thing at a time and tried to do the best that I could. I fought to the end – I had a couple of hiccups on beam, but I got some good results and I’m proud of myself.”
For Padurariu, Sunday’s victory on the uneven bars was redemption for a tough day in the senior team competition on Friday: “I`m glad that I was able to go out there, and have fun, and to just do what I do in training. Today was good redemption from night one.” Padurariu is the reigning world silver medallist on beam, and was the senior all-around champion at the 2019 Elite Canada competition last month in Gatineau, QC.
De Jong, who was a member of the Canadian team that took the silver medal in the team competition on Friday, was also looking for the opportunity to show what she’s capable of: “I just wanted to go in and hit my routines, and I was able to do that so I’m really happy. Vault was quite interesting – I kind of made a mistake, but I ended up on my feet, so I was happy with that. On floor, I think I did one of my best performances, so that was great.”
De Jong’s coach, Dorina Stan, was also pleased with her double medal-winning performance: “I’m really pleased with Haley’s performance. I always admire her determination and it showed in her performance tonight.”
Also winning a medal in the junior apparatus finals was Rachael Riley of Sarnia, ON who captured the bronze medal on vault.
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