On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Gymnastics Canada named the eight athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in artistic and trampoline gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The eight athletes selected include Rosie MacLennan, the defending Olympic gold medallist in trampoline from London 2012, and returning Olympians Jason Burnett (Beijing 2008 silver medallist in trampoline), Ellie Black (triple gold medallist at the 2015 Pan Am Games and member of 5th place women’s artistic team at London 2012), and Brittany Rogers (member of 5th place women’s artistic team at London 2012). Scott Morgan (2014 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist) will make his Olympic debut in men’s artistic gymnastics while rising star Isabela Onyshko (16th in the individual all-around final at the 2015 World Championships) will make her debut in women’s artistic gymnastics. The trampoline team is coached by Dave Ross, the women’s team by David Kikuchi and Lorie Henderson, and Scott Morgan by Vali Stan.
The athletes earned their Olympic nominations through various competitions including the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the 2015 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, the Aquece Rio test event this past April, the 2016 Canadian Championships, and for the artistic women, at a final selection camp this past week in Gatineau.
Prior to the Olympic Games, the women’s artistic team will have a final Olympic preparation camp in Sarnia, Ontario the week before they depart for Rio, while Morgan will continue training at Flicka Gymnastics in Vancouver. MacLennan and Burnett have just wrapped up their pre-Olympic competitive season at a series of World Cup competitions in Europe and will now focus on their final preparations at Skyriders Trampoline Place in Toronto.
The artistic gymnastics competition takes place at the Rio Olympic Arena August 6-16, starting with a preliminary qualifying round, and then based on those results, a team competition for the women, followed by individual all-around and apparatus finals for both men and women. The trampoline gymnastics competition takes place at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12 and 13 with qualifiers and finals in the men’s and women’s events.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming.
The artistic and trampoline gymnastics team, which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Elsabeth (Ellie) Black, Halifax, NS - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Jason Burnett, Nobleton, ON - Men’s Trampoline
Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan, King City, ON - Women’s Trampoline
Scott Morgan, North Vancouver, BC - Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Shallon Olsen, Vancouver, BC - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Isabela Onyshko, Brandon, MB - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Brittany Rogers, Vancouver, BC - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Rose-Kaying Woo, Brossard, QC - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Women’s Artistic Coach - Lorie Henderson, Brandon, MB
Women’s Artistic Coach - David Kikuchi, Halifax, NS
Trampoline Coach - Dave Ross - Toronto, ON
Men’s Artistic Coach - Vali Stan, North Vancouver, BC
Story from the Canadian Olympic Committee | olympic.ca
Photo from the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario