Canada will not attend PanAms

Though I feel rotten for the Canadian athletes who trained an extra year for their last shot at qualifying for Tokyo, I agree with this decision.

As you know, in recent days Canada has had the worst COVID numbers of any English speaking nation in the world.

Gymnastics Canada has made the very difficult decision to not enter teams in the upcoming 2021 Senior Pan American Championships being held in Rio de Janeiro, BRA between June 4-13, 2021 and the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships slated for Guadalajara, MEX (artistic), and Guatemala City, GUA (rhythmic) due to health and safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic. …

The Senior Pan American Championships were Canada’s last chance qualifier event for the Tokyo Olympic Games in men’s artistic, women’s artistic, and rhythmic gymnastics. …

“We realize the impact these decisions have on our athletes, especially those senior athletes that have dedicated so many years to their ambition of competing at the Olympic Games,” added Moss. “We will do everything we can not only to support all athletes and coaches impacted by this decision through this difficult period, but to also provide hope and opportunity moving forward towards their international goals in the future.”

Athletes and coaches did have the opportunity to appeal this decision, and GymCan went through the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) arbitration process with these individuals to show transparency around the decision. The result of that appeal, which ruled in GymCan’s favour, was delivered to all parties on May 6th, 2021.

Gymnastics Canada

European Trampoline Championships

Women’s Trampoline
GOLD Iana Lebedeva (RUS) 56.685
SILVER Lea Labrousse (FRA) 54.365
BRONZE Marine Jurbert (FRA) 53.870

Men’s Trampoline
GOLD Aleh Rabtsau (BLR) 60.815
SILVER Uladzislau Hancharou (BLR) 60.580
BRONZE Andrey Yudin (RUS) 59.725

Women’s Double Mini-Trampoline
GOLD Galina Begim (RUS) 70.700
SILVER Lina Sjoeberg (SWE) 70.600
BRONZE Dana Sadkova (RUS) 68.200

Men’s Double Mini-Trampoline
GOLD Aleksandr Odintsov (RUS) 75.800
SILVER Tiago Sampaio Romao (POR) 75.700
BRONZE Daniel Schmidt (GER) 74.300

Women’s Tumbling
GOLD Tachina Peeters (BEL) 70.800
SILVER Viktoria Danilenko (RUS) 70.600
BRONZE Candy Vetillard-Briere (FRA) 67.500

Men’s Tumbling
GOLD Vadim Afanasev (RUS) 79.300
SILVER Aleksandr Lisitsyn (RUS) 77.400
BRONZE Mikhail Malkin (AZE) 75.300

Full results.

1 to 5 June 2022 Rimini (ITA) will host .

History of Trampoline

Greg Roe posted a long, entertaining interview with legendary builder Ron Munn.

I learned a lot.

Ronnie, Pan American Games Trampoline Champ, worked with George Nissen, the co-inventor of the Trampoline.

Ronnie eventually married George Nissen’s daughter, Dagmar.

George and the famed Larry Griswald at University of Iowa constructed the first trampoline.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Gymnastics Canada Virtual Competitions

Many are wondering if this is going to work.

An even bigger problem is that some National Team contenders are still locked out of their Gyms. Manitoba, for example, has been locked out for 5 months total during the pandemic.

Details are posted on Vimeo.

Via email:

Ottawa, ON (February 3, 2021) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gymnastics Canada will be holding their winter and spring events virtually with athletes and coaches submitting their videos for judging from their gyms across the country.

In an effort to give participants the most flexibility possible in preparing their competitive routines, multiple competitive options have been put in place for many of the disciplines.

The Elite Canada in women’s artistic gymnastics will kick-off the season with athletes submitting their videos from February 3-9, and judging taking place from February 12-14. Their season will continue with two more “Technical Trials” taking place from March 14-17, and from April 18-21. The awards for this series of events will be presented following the judging of the last event on April 24th.

Athletes will enter the events they feel ready to compete in, and the winners will be chosen from the top scores gathered from all of the competitions.

“This is such a unique situation for everyone involved in sport in Canada, and our team has worked really hard to meet the demands of our community to be able to hold safe and fair competitive opportunities for everyone,” said Ian Moss, CEO of Gymnastics Canada.

“Virtual competitions, while not being able to mimic the excitement and stress of live competition, are still able to offer our athletes and coaches the opportunity to present what they have been able to work on over the last several months in as real a competitive setting as is possible …”

The Elite Canada in men’s artistic gymnastics will see athletes submitting their routines for judging from February 11-17th, and judging taking place from February 19-21. … They will also be holding a technical trials in early March.

In trampoline gymnastics, athletes will have several opportunities to showcase their competitive routines via technical trials being held in February and March. Their Elite Canada event is set to take place this summer and will hopefully be held in-person …

Rounding out the spring season will be the Elite Canada in rhythmic gymnastics. Those athletes will submit their videos from March 17-24, with judging taking place from March 27-28. A test event may also be held at the end of February depending upon interest.

Change is the one constant as the country struggles to cope with COVID-19, so this calendar is very much subject to change as time moves forward. Please consult the GymCan website for the most up-to-date information.