Canadian Trampoline athletes receive competitive edge thanks to Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund
Gymnastics Canada – Ottawa, ON (May 12, 2016) — The Canadian trampoline gymnastics team just received a major leg up against their competitors with the arrival of three sets of Horizontal Displacement Devices thanks to funding from the Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund.
The Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund was established by his family as a tribute to Mark Lowry, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Executive Director of Sport, who passed away on October 22, 2005. Their goal is to continue Mark’s dedication to the Canadian Olympic movement by providing donations towards the development of key high-performance initiatives.
The devices, which measure how far a gymnast travels away from the centre point of the trampoline on each of their ten skills (which results in score deductions), are cutting-edge technology which only three other countries in the world (Russia, China, and Canada), currently have at their disposal. Having an instant, visual representation of their skills will enable the athletes and coaches to make the required tweaks to their routines that will result in the maximum scores possible at competitions.
Last week, Gymnastics Canada was honoured to invite members of Mark Lowry’s family, including his wife Jennifer, partner Roland, son Brendan, and sister Jean, to Skyriders Trampoline Place in Toronto to see the device in action, and to meet Rio-bound Olympians Rosie MacLennan and Jason Burnett, both of Toronto.
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