AIRDRIE, Alta – Olympic trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan of Toronto will be the star attraction at the Canada Cup July 18-20 in her first competition since winning Canada’s only gold medal of the London Games almost a year ago.
In her much anticipated return to competition, MacLennan highlights an event drawing more than 165 athletes from Canada and around the world, including the United States, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Colombia and France.
“I’m really excited to be back jumping,” said MacLennan, who is coming back from an ankle injury that forced her to delay her intended return to competition at the Canadian Championships in May.
“I’m close to 100 percent, but I haven’t had as much time as I would like to prepare for a competition,” said MacLennan who injured the ankle last March while in Liberia with the athlete charity Right To Play.
“I have a base routine that’s ready to go that’s very similar to my routine from the Olympics. I’ve taken one skill out so I could do a routine I was confident with given the amount of training time I’ve had, but I’m also working on more difficult routines in training.”
With three-time Olympian and expectant mother Karen Cockburn taking time off, MacLennan’s top rivals for the women’s individual title include 2013 Canadian champion Samantha Sendel of Toronto, 2012 Olympic alternate Samantha Smith of Toronto and Emma Smith of Great Britain.
MacLennan will also go for a medal with Sendel in the synchro competition while gearing up for the same event at the upcoming World Games in Colombia.
In the men’s trampoline competition, seven-time Canadian champion Jason Burnett is the favourite with Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., and Sebastien St-Germain of Montreal leading a strong field of up and coming Canadian competitors.
In the double mini competition, Canadian champion Denis Vachon of Burlington, Ont.,leads the way on the men’s side while the women’s competition features 2010 world champion Corissa Boychuk and current Canadian champion Lexi Geisbrecht of Calgary.
Among the medal contenders in the men’s and women’s tumbling competition are Vincent Lavoie of Drummonville, Que., and Katelyn Verschoor of Brantford, Ont.