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Gymnastics Canada – OTTAWA, ON (August 10, 2018) – Carmen Whelan of Aurora, ON, Katherine Uchida of Toronto, and Sophie Crane of Toronto, as well as the five members of the Canadian senior group, headline the team that Gymnastics Canada is sending to compete at the 2018 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria from September 10th to September 16th, 2018.
In the group competition, 2017 World Championship veterans Elizabet Belittchenko, Vanessa Panov, Anastasia Shanko, and Alexandra Udachina, will be joined by newcomer Alexandra Zilyuk as they look to qualify a quota spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) ranked 1st to 3rd from the group all-around will qualify a quota spot for Tokyo). The group must also finish in the top-24 in the group all-around competition in order to qualify for the 2019 World Championships which will act as the second qualifying opportunity for groups for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Three to four gymnasts per country are invited to the individual and team competition. For Crane, the 2018 Canadian Champion and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist with clubs, this will be her first appearance at a World Championships. For Whelan, the 2017 Canadian Champion, this will be her third World Championships, and for Uchida, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver all-around medallist, her second.  The 2019 World Championships, 2020 World Cup series, and the 2020 Continental Championships will decide the individual qualifications to Tokyo.
“The team’s goals for Worlds are to perform exceptionally clean routines focusing on the best execution possible, said Teresa Orr, National Team Director for rhythmic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “It has been a busy summer of final preparations for these athletes which has included training camps, routine evaluations, a control competition, and nutrition and mental performance sessions – all leading to one final test at the World Challenge Cup in Minsk from August 17 to 19. Competition toughness is an acquired skill and they need to believe in themselves and just go out there and perform.”
What: 36th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships
Where: Sofia, Bulgaria
When: September 10-16 2018
Social: @rgwch2018sofia #rgwch2018sofia
Individual Athletes
Carmen Whelan, Aurora, ON – Silhouettes of York
Katherine Uchida, Toronto, ON – Jusco RG
Sophie Crane, Toronto, ON – Jusco RG
Group Athletes
Elizabet Belittchenko, Toronto, ON – Salut RG
Vanessa Panov, Toronto, ON – Finesse RG
Anastasia Shanko, Toronto, ON – Trillium RG
Alexandra Udachina, Toronto, ON – Trillium RG
Alexandra Zilyuk, Toronto, ON – Salut RG
Sept 10: Individual Qualifications – Hoop & Ball
Sept 11: Individual Qualifications – Hoop & Ball; Finals – Hoop & Ball
Sept 12: Individual Qualifications – Clubs & Ribbon
Sept 13: Individual Qualifications – Clubs & Ribbon; Finals – Clubs & Ribbon
Sept 14: Individual All-Around Final (24 athletes)
Sept 15: Group Qualifications – 5 Hoops & 3 Balls/2 Ropes – All-Around Competition
Sept 16: Group Finals – 5 Hoops & 3 Balls/2 Ropes
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