Edge gymnastics coach pleased with club’s showing at nationals
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:23 am
While he’s coached at the Canadian National Gymnastics Championships every year since 1996, the buzz that Airdrie Edge Gymnastics Club Head Coach Jamie Atkin gets when he arrives at the event is still there.
“There’s a different feel for me there than there is it at other events,” Atkin said.
“I get a chance to be with other coaches from other clubs in Alberta at the nationals, which is a little different as you’re often competing against them.”
“Sometimes, I think that the athletes are more excited than I am usually to be there,” he added.
“I’m often busy at times focused on helping out athletes, but for them it’s not just a chance to compete, but to also see other athletes that they have become friends with.”
The Edge team brought eight trampoline and tumbling athletes to this year’s national championships, which were held in Ottawa, Ontario at Carleton University from May 29 to 31.
“We had good mixture of athletes who had been there on many occasions such as Mark Armstrong, Caitlin Brown, and Hailey Macaig, and then we had athletes who hadn’t been there before like Emma Kabbeke and Allie Davies,” Atkin said.
“That’s what makes it super enjoyable as a coach, because you can see the different sides of the event from those who have experienced it and those who haven’t,” he added. “It makes things pretty fun.”
Two Edge athletes came away with gold medals from the event, as Brody Atkin took home first-place honours in the male Espior Double Mini Trampoline event, and Beatrice Prcic was at the top of the standings in the female National Open Double Mini Trampoline competition.
“Brody had just finished in first place earlier in May at an event in Daytona Beach, so he just showed what he was capable of once again,” Atkin said.
“He’s excited to try bigger routines in the future, and I think that he’s just about ready to move up to a higher level.”
“Beatrice is kind of in the same boat at Brody, but she’s just starting to become more consistent in her routines, which is something I’ve noticed in the last couple of months,” he added. “That’s great to see, and she’s ready to move up into the senior levels at our next big event, which will be the Canada Cup in Newmarket (Ont.) in July.”
Hailey Macaig also brought home a pair of medals to Airdrie, as she finished in third place in the National Open trampoline and double mini trampoline events.
“What really impressed me with Hailey was how well she bounced back from a crash in practice out there,” Atkin said.
“At one point, we were worried that she wasn’t going to compete at all and that we might have to take her to a hospital and be checked out.”
“However, she bounced back big time, and that was really impressive to see,” he added.
“Obviously she was a little bit sore afterwards, but she was still happy about earning those medals.”