Edge gymnasts impress in Alberta Cup meet at home
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am
For Airdrie Edge Gymnastics Club Head Coach Jamie Atkin, the performance of his club’s 15 athletes during the Alberta Cup event at Genesis Place on Feb. 1 and 2 was one that he was “pumped up” about.
“It was an excellent performance for our first meet of the new season,” Atkin said.
“For the club, this was our first meet of any kind since August of last year, but we had athletes who hadn’t competed since May or June of 2013 and we had others who were competing in an event like that for the first time.”
“For the athletes, to be able to sleep at home in their own beds, being in their own gym to compete in, and to have their family and friends be there to support them also played a key role in their success,” he added.
While Atkin was quick to point out that everyone on the team performed well, there were a few athletes that stood out in different ways during the two-day event.
One of the Edge athletes that impressed Atkin was Nicole Tailby from Okotoks, who has been training with the club in Airdrie since late last year and came away with a fourth-place finish in the women’s double mini trampoline provincial level three event in her first big meet with the club.
“Nicole is a young lady who has changed a lot of things in a short amount of time,” Atkin said. “She’s really competing very differently than she had been a year ago, and a lot of that is because of the aggressive adjustments that she has made with us.”
“It was very impressive to see how she did,” he added.
Another athlete that stood out for Atkin was Edge veteran Hailey Macaig, who earned first place in the national open double mini trampoline, trampoline, and tumbling events.
“Hailey had an ankle injury earlier in the year, but she worked through that and got ready for this meet, where she stepped up her game big time,” Atkin said.
“She was in three events and had ten routines during the weekend, and just about all of them were new and difficult for her.”
“She went above and beyond with how she performed, and she just nailed every routine that she had all weekend,” he added.
• Brody Atkin (first in men’s national open double mini trampoline, second in men’s national open trampoline)
• Caitlin Brown (second in women’s senior trampoline)
• Allie Davies (first in women’s provincial level three trampoline, third in women’s provincial level two tumbling)
• Charlie Hodges (first in women’s provincial level two tumbling)
• Sydney Jeter (third in women’s national open tumbling)
• Emma Morin (third in women’s provincial level one trampoline)
• Tayla Montefresco (first in women’s provincial level one trampoline)
• Reuben Neufeld (first in men’s provincial level one trampoline)
• Beatrice Prcic (second in women’s national open trampoline and women’s national open double mini trampoline, third in women’s national open tumbling)
• Ashlee Rasmussen (third in women’s provincial level one double mini trampoline)
• Camille Rigazio (second in women’s junior tumbling)
The next event for the Edge team will be a club event in Red Deer on Feb. 8 and 9, which will be used as preparation for the second Alberta Cup event of the season in Okotoks on Feb. 22 and 23.