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Gymnastics Canada – Katherine Uchida of Toronto, ON performs at the 2018 World Championships
(photo: Fabrizio Carabelli/GymCan)

CALGARY, AB (February 16, 2019) – Katherine Uchida of Toronto, ON leads the senior field after the first two days of competition at the 2019 Elite Canada in Rhythmic Gymnastics competition at the Genesis Centre in Calgary, AB, while Michel Vivier, also of Toronto, leads the junior competition.
 
Uchida, who was the top overall performer for Canada at the 2018 World Championships last fall, scored the highest marks of the competition with her hoop, clubs, and ribbon routines to finish the qualifying rounds, or Competition ‘A’ with a total score of 66.300.  The top-15 athletes in the senior and junior categories in competition ‘A’ move on to the finals or Competition ‘B’ on Sunday.
 
“I’m pretty happy with my performances altogether,” said Uchida who also captured all-around silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. “Clubs was really good – I had to play it safe with a couple of things but all together I thought my artistry was good, and I really enjoyed my routine. Tomorrow I’m looking to stay consistent – I don’t want to focus too much on where the scores are; I just want to perform and have fun like I did over the past two days.”
 
Natalie Garcia of Mississauga, ON who represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games last summer, made her senior debut this weekend, and enters the finals sitting in second place: “My routines were OK, but there’s always room for improvement, and going forward, I hope to continue to be consistent and to show the judges what I can do. I have a lot of new routines, so this weekend I just want to perform cleanly, and showcase my routines.”
 
Vivier moves into the junior finals having scored top marks on all four apparatus, despite receiving a 0.5 deduction on her ribbon routine. She has a 7 point lead over Elizabeth Savchenko from Montreal who sits in second.
 
“I made a few mistakes, so I’d like to fix those tomorrow. But I also want to just live the moment, and be myself,” said Vivier following the competition on Saturday. “Gymnastics is what I love, and I just want to show everyone how much I love it.”
 
The junior finals start at 9am on Sunday, while the senior finals take place at 1:20pm. Tickets are available at the door. The event is being live-streamed by FloGymnastics here: http://bit.ly/2TH2AuV
 
For full results, please visit: http://172.104.246.10/resultx.php?id_prop=1093
 
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Julie Forget
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Gymnastics Canada
Cell: 819.210.2064
Email: jforget@gymcan.org