OTTAWA – Two-time Olympian Jason Burnett of Toronto soared to his seventh national trampoline title and Ellie Black of Halifax led the way in the women’s gymnastics on Saturday with three medals to cap a brilliant performance at the 2013 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.
Burnett, fully recovered from a broken leg and other injuries that have hampered the 2008 Olympic silver medallist over the last two years, dominated the men’s senior trampoline event with a score of 165.955.
Curtis Gerein of Kelowna, B.C., finished second with 147.845 points and Ian MacMullin of Halifax was third at 126.450.
“I’m jumping stronger than I have been in quite some time,” said Burnett. “I wasn’t enjoying the sport when I was injured but now that I’m healthy and I’m jumping pain free it’s like I’ve stepped into the gym for the first time again. I can’t wait to train, I love trying the new tricks, I love working on the new routines and I’m feeling pumped and ready.”
In women’s trampoline Samantha Sendel of Toronto won her first senior title with a score of 145.385, well ahead of runner-up Chloe Deschenes of St-Hyacinthe, Que., with 137.495 points.
With 2012 Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan out with an injury and 13-time Canadian champion Karen Cockburn awaiting the birth of her first child, the women’s field was wide open this year and Sendel took full advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Sendel. “I thought there was a possibility for someone to step up here but mostly I focused on just getting through my own routines. I was a bit off in the prelims but I came through with my optional.”
On the final day of artistic gymnastics Black won bronze on vault, silver on floor and gold on beam to go with the all around title she won on Thursday in the women’s senior finals.
Other senior gold medallists were Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., (vault), Gabriella Douglas (floor) and Kaitlyn Hofland (uneven bars) both of Georgetown, Ont.
In the women’s junior competition, Shallon Olsen of Vancouver won both the vault and floor finals to complement her earlier victory in the all around.
In men’s senior gymnastics, Robert Watson of Richmond, B.C. led the way with three medals, including gold on floor while Scott Morgan of Vancouver showed consistency with silver on vault, rings and floor.
Other gold medal winners were veterans Brandon O’Neill of Edmonton (vault) Kevin Lytwyn (rings), Anderson Loran (pommel horse), Jayd Lukenchuk, (parallel bars), and Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., on high bar.
“I’ve been working hard on increasing the difficulty in my routines and it showed here,” said Lukenchuk. “My goal hasn’t changed. I want to compete at the next Olympics and maybe even get a medal.”
The top juniors were Justin Karstadt of Toronto and Aaron Mah of Vancouver who both earned two gold medals.
In other events Denis Vachon of Burlington, Ont., and Lexi Giesbrecht of Calgary won gold in men’s and women’s double-mini trampoline and Jon Schwaiger and Emily Smith, both of Burlington, Ont., captured the men’s and women’s tumbling titles.
Giesbrecht also won gold in women’s junior trampoline and Keevin Madigan of Toronto topped the field on the men’s side.