MacLennan, Burnett win trampoline gold at Canadian gymnastics championships

Monday, June 2, 2014

Olympic medal winners Rosie MacLennan and Jason Burnett, both of Toronto, soared to the women’s and men’s trampoline titles on the final day of competition Saturday at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

On a day with dozens of medal winners in three different gymnastics disciplines, Canada’s trampoline stars stood out from the crowd.

MacLennan, the reigning women’s world and Olympic champion, sealed her victory in the women’s event with a near perfect routine in the final to finish with a total score of 158.390 points.

Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., placed second with 150.495 points and three-time Olympic medal winner Karen Cockburn of Toronto, was third with 149.330 points in her first competition in almost two years.

Cockburn, who took time off to start a family after the 2012 Olympics in London, said she was thrilled to get back into competition and more than satisfied with her performance.

“I was a bit nervous because I’ve been out of the sport for a little while,” said Cockburn, who hadn’t been on a trampoline until three months ago after giving birth last September to daughter Emilie.

“But once I got rolling it felt like I never left. I always wanted to try to come back and see if it was possible after becoming a mother. Sport is for everyone, mum’s included, so it’s nice to be out there and prove that you can do it.”

In the men’s event, Burnett, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, soared to a record eighth Canadian title with a total score of 168.840 points, more than 10 points ahead of runner up Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., with a score of 157.015 points.

Despite his huge margin of victory, Burnett said he elected to go with an easier routine in the final than he is planning to use at upcoming World Cup meets and the world championships in the fall.

“The trampolines here weren’t as powerful as I expected them to be so I toned down the routine a bit today and just went clean and safe,” said Burnett.

Sebastien St-Germain of Montreal took the bronze with a score 154.745.

Story from the Gymnastics Canada Website | GymCan.org

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