Gymnastics Canada – Katherine Uchida competes her ball routine at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
(Photo: Glenn Hunt/GymCan)
CALGARY, AB (February 17, 2019) – Katherine Uchida of Toronto, ON captured her first senior national all-around title on Sunday at the 2019 Elite Canada competition in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Genesis Centre in Calgary, AB, while Michel Vivier, also of Toronto, dominated the junior competition to repeat as the junior national all-around champion.
Uchida also finished the competition with gold in the clubs and ribbon competition, silver in hoop, and bronze in ball. Her total score of 66.850 bettered her qualifying score of 66.300.
“I felt really good going into the competition today, but my first three routines were actually not my best performances,” said Uchida. “Thankfully I was able to pull myself together for my last routine and it was probably one of the best ones of the competition. This has been a long time coming – I’m so happy to have finally achieved a good result at Elite Canada.”
Capturing the silver medal in the al-around competition was last year’s senior national all-around winner Sophie Crane of Toronto. She had gold-medal winning performances in hoop and ball, and captured the silver medal in ribbon, but a poor performance in her clubs routine left her in sixth with that apparatus. Natalie Garcia of Mississauga captured the bronze medal in the all-around competition as well as silver in clubs, and bronze in ribbon. Polly Krivchun of Vancouver, BC was the other senior medallist capturing silver in ball, and bronze in hoop and clubs.
“Overall I think the competition went pretty well,” said Crane. “I had a couple of routines with some drops, but for the beginning of the season, and new routines, I think overall it went pretty well.”
Michel Vivier of Toronto absolutely dominated the junior competition, winning gold in the all-around and in all four apparatus: “I feel good about today’s competition because I achieved my goal of catching everything that I dropped yesterday. Now I’m looking forward to some competitions in Europe.”
“We certainly had some thrilling performances this weekend in both the junior and senior levels,” said Teresa Orr, National Team Director for rhythmic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada. “Having Elite Canada early in the competitive season gives our gymnasts the opportunity to test their new programs, and they’ll now work on fine-tuning their routines as they prepare for upcoming international competitions and World Cups. Elite Canada has given them a good foundation to build on and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead with Olympic qualification imminent.”
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