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Gymnastics Canada – OTTAWA, ON (July 5, 2016) – Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce the athletes who have been named to the 2016-2017 rhythmic gymnastics national team following a selection process that included results from the 2016 Elite Canada competition and the 2016 Canadian Championships. A new senior group team has also been named following a series of open selection activities.

“The rhythmic staff and group coaches are very excited and feeling positive with the progress Canada’s senior group has made in the short time they have been together,” said Teresa Orr, National Team Director for rhythmic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “The two new compositions (five hoops, and 3 ropes/2 balls) for 2017 are developing nicely and the team comradery is incredible. Each day the gymnasts arrive with exuberance, are motivated, and self-driven. Although there is still a lot of work to be done we are on the right path and look forward to the group’s debut in 2017.”

“On the individual side, Canada has a number of young, ambitious, and very talented rhythmic gymnasts moving up the ranks, including five first-year juniors that finished in the top-10 in the country at the Junior Level. This looks promising for the future and in particular for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games,” stated Orr.

THE ATHLETES (BIOS)

Senior Individual:

  • Patricia Bezzoubenko, Toronto, ON
  • Carmen Whelan, Aurora, ON
  • Katherine Uchida, Toronto, ON
  • Cindy Huh, Vancouver, BC
  • Natali Nikolova, Montreal, QC
  • Emma Lozhkin, Toronto, ON
  • Athena Tsaltas, Georgina, ON
  • Megan Hamilton, Vernon, BC
  • Kaedyn Lashley, Winnipeg, MB
  • Anastasia Shanko, Thornhill, ON

Senior Group:

  • Elizabet Belittchenko, Toronto, ON
  • Anna-Marie Ondaatje, Toronto, ON
  • Cleo Page, Ottawa, ON
  • Crystal Dimov, Toronto, ON
  • Renna Cukier, Waterloo, ON
  • Alexandra Udachina, Toronto, ON
  • Vanessa Panov, Toronto, ON

Junior Individual:

  • Alexandra Chtrevenskii, Montreal, QC
  • Natalie Garcia, Mississauga, ON
  • Sophie Crane, North York, ON
  • Gabriela Georgieva, Vancouver, BC
  • Jaedyn Andreotti, Vernon, BC
  • Polly Krivchun, North Vancouver, BC
  • Katherine Savchenko, Thornhill, ON
  • Aretehya Haberman, Calgary, AB
  • Diana Noskova, Toronto, ON
  • Isabella Haldane, Vernon, BC

ABOUT GYMNASTICS CANADA

First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit www.gymcan.org for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics.

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For more information, contact:

Julie Forget
Director, Communications and Marketing
Gymnastics Canada
Cell: 819.210.2064
Email: jforget@gymcan.org