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Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017
GymZone trampolinists bouncing all over the country
by Randy Pascal

They may be small, in numbers, but they are mighty.

“They” are the Trampoline and Tumbling, and the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics component of the Sudbury Laurels club. Both sections have shined in recent months, with plenty more to come from the local participants.

Climbing the provincial ladder in making the move from 22nd (2015) to 10th in Ontario this year, Paulena Moote has translated a highly successful season into an appearance at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Quebec City from May 6th to the 8th.

Moote represented the Laurels in Provincial Level 4 trampoline competition in Barrie, earning her spot on the Ontario team that will head east next month. Once she has returned from the Eastern Meet, it will be time for her teammates to hit the road, as male trampolinists Kyle Lapierre and Sebastien Larochelle travel to nationals at the end of May.

The local tandem have already qualified for the 2016 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, taking place from May 31st through to June 5th. Based on his performance over the course of this season, Lapierre will enter the event as the highest ranked athlete on Team Ontario.

In other news, Connor MacDonald wrapped up his campaign in style, registering personal best scores on both the high bar and parallel bars, while taking part in Provincials from April 8th to the 10th in Mississauga.

MacDonald earned a bronze medal for his floor routine, adding a sixth place ribbon on both the rings and parallel bars.

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