Edge gymnastics team rounds out season at Canada Cup
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:28 am
In what was the final event of the 2014 season for the Airdrie Edge gymnastics club, the team of six athletes “blew away” Head Coach Jamie Atkin with its performances during the 2014 Canada Cup in Newmarket, Ontario from July 25 to 27.
“All in all, it was a well above an average meet for our team, especially since they were performing a lot of routines for all three days of the event,” Atkin said.
“The competition was strong there, especially since there weren’t just people from across Canada at the event, but you had athletes from places such as Germany and Japan that were taking part.”
Leading the way for the Edge team was Sydney Jeter, as she earned a silver medal in the espoir double mini trampoline event and had a bronze-medal finish in the junior tumbling event.
Those two results qualified her for the World Age Group Championships, which will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida from Nov. 13 to 16.
“This is her first time that she will be representing Team Canada, so she’s really excited about that, as there is no higher honour for a competitor than the chance to represent your country,” Atkin said.
“She really stepped up her game from the Canadian Championships in Ottawa back in June, as she was able to land her big tricks that she added to her routine,” he added.
“Everyone on our team was really excited about what she was able to do, and we can’t wait to see what she will do in Daytona Beach.”
Brody Atkin and Hailey McCaig made it on to the top of the podium during the Canada Cup, as Atkin was the top finisher in the male espoir double mini trampoline event and McCaig finished in first place in the national open double mini trampoline competition.
“Brody just missed out on making the male 17 to 18 team for Daytona Beach, which is a pretty big thing as he turned 17 a few days after the Canada Cup,” Coach Atkin said.
“That shows that he’s heading in the right direction for us at the moment.”
“Hailey had to deal with a couple of challenges during her performances, as the computer system shut down at the arena before one of her runs, and then a girl had a big accident before another performance so she had to battle that challenge mentally,” he added.
“She was a pro though and worked through it.”
Mark Armstrong, Allie Davies, and Emma Kabbeke rounded out the group of Edge competitors at the Canada Cup, which marked the final competitive meet for the team until it resumes training at Genesis Place Recreation Centre in December.
“They didn’t make the podium but they all did well,” Atkin said.
“Mark had strong runs throughout the weekend, and this marked the first major event for both Allie and Emma, and they handled it like seasoned vets.”