Airdrie Edge gymnastics team to compete at Canada Cup
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:48 am
When the members of the Airdrie Edge Gymnastics Club take to the trampoline at the Canada Cup in Newmarket, Ont. from July 25 to 27, the athletes will not just be looking to make it to the top of the podium.
The event will mark the third and final qualifying event to make the World Championships and World Age Group Championships rosters for Canada, who will be competing in Daytona Beach, Florida in November.
“The results from this year’s Canada Cup, Elite Canada Championships, and the Canadian National Championships are all used to determine the rosters, and you have to be at the Canada Cup in order to be eligible to compete at the worlds,” Edge Head Coach Jamie Atkin said.
“It’s the closest event to the World Championship and it’s weighed the heaviest when it comes to the selection process,” he added. “That’s what makes this event stands out on its own.”
Mark Armstrong, Brody Atkin, Hailey Macaig, Sydney Jeter, Emma Kabbeke, and Allie Davies flew to Newmarket on July 23 for the Canada Cup, with different goals set by Atkin for each athlete.
“Emma and Allie are just breaking into the novice level so they are still getting used to what it’s like at that events like the Canada Cup,” Coach Atkin said.
“So they will be looking to solidify what they did at the nationals in Ottawa last month and get better from there.”
“Then you have guys like Mark, who is a senior athlete that is stepping up his game with bigger routines, and the other three athletes are more or less keeping their routines the same but with some added twists to it,” he added.
Atkin’s main goal for the Edge team is to not only represent Airdrie well at the national event, but to learn from the experience as they move forward.
“I always want our athletes to be professional and kind to everyone, as it’s important to be like that as a group when you’re at these events,” Atkin said. “Then when it comes to their routines, I want them to be motivated enough to improve off of their performances.”
“If they did well, I want them to come back here and step up to a higher level in training,” he added.
“On the other hand, if things don’t go as they planned, I want them to work harder to make sure that those mistakes don’t happen to them again.”