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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Laurels secure a pair of medals at nationals
by Randy Pascal

It was a national championship to remember, as three members of the GymZone Sudbury Laurels recently travelled to Edmonton, site of the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Displaying the form that allowed him to claim gold in the Menís Novice 15+ division of the trampoline discipline back in 2012, Kyle Lapierre enjoyed a triumphant return to nationals, capturing gold in the Menís Novice Level 6 18+ event.

A pair of personal best scores set the tone for Lapierre in preliminaries, topping a field of 17 competitors with a Day 1 total count of 91.505, well ahead of Brent Rowlatt (Ontario) at 87.895, and Zachary Hutchins (British Columbia) at 85.755.

Lapierre was not about to let up in the finals, increasingly his lead with a first place score of 47.930, recording yet another PB in the process. Taking part in his first ever national competition, Sebastien Larochelle placed 12th in a grouping of 16 athletes, posting a two session score of 62.145 while participating in the Menís Novice Level 5 17+ classification.

Meanwhile, Level 10 (16+) womenís artistic phenom Kayla Folz earned a silver medal in the vault, showcasing a recently upgraded skill-set in Edmonton. In fact, the opening day of competition would find Folz atop the leaderboard with a score of 9.525, a full tenth of a point ahead of Melissa Temkov of Burlington, as no less than 38 young ladies took part in the four rotation section of the meet.

A grade 11 student at St Charles College, Folz would narrowly miss holding on to top spot in the finals, posting a score of 9.60 on the vault, bettered only by Madeline McLennan from Calgary (9.625).

Folz would place 13th in the all-around aggregate with a score of 35.725, jumping to 11th on the Floor (9.25), while settling in at 26th on the Uneven Bars (8.50) and 27th on the Beam (8.375).

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