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Ottawa gymnast selected for Canada’s final Rio Olympic qualifier team

Updated On: April 10, 2016
There’s been a change of travel plans for Sam Zakutney, and it’s landed the 17-year-old Ottawa native on the doorstep to the Olympics.

Golden sweep for 2 local gymnasts at home provincials qualifier

Created On: March 11, 2016
Local gymnasts Emma Christie and Emilia Potochnyak won nothing but gold – five medals apiece in total – in front of a home crowd as the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre hosted a women’s artistic gymnastics Ontario Championships qualification event from Feb. 26-28.

Olympic berth not out the question for new Elite Canada champ

Updated On: March 10, 2016
Sam Zakutney is a Canadian champion. That statement has been true for about seven years ever since he burst onto the youth gymnastics high-performance scene, but in February, for the first time, the 17-year-old Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athlete earned a national crown at the senior level, winning the parallel bars event final at Elite Canada in Halifax.

Day-to-day successes fuelled Olympic coach for 40+ years

Created On: January 28, 2016
Tobie Gorman’s face lit up like the 4th of July. Why? To be truthful, the uneven bars routine she just watched her athlete perform was solid, but not exactly exceptional – good enough for 6th place in the end. Certainly nothing she hadn’t seen a thousand times before in a coaching career that stretched over 40 years.

4 gymnasts set to make history for 40-yr-old Kanata rhythmic club

Updated On: January 28, 2016
When the Canadian Gymnastics Championships came to town two years ago, they were the eager helpers running clipboards from the judges to the scoring station – in awe of the point totals the athletes on the mats were putting up and wondering how could they ever get to that level themselves.

Ottawa trampolinist takes on global field

Updated On: January 28, 2016
Ottawa’s Benjamin Tyo of the Gatineau UniGym club placed 26th in the age 17-18 division at the Dec. 3-6 FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competition in Denmark.

First all-women’s cast to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Jan. 27 Ottawa Sports Awards

Updated On: January 28, 2016
For the first time in the event’s history, an all-female lineup will be called to the stage to receive the Ottawa Sports Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Awards come this year’s edition of the annual banquet celebrating the finest in local amateur sport.

3 local gymnasts earn Team Ontario tour berths for Arizona competition

Updated On: December 3, 2015
Pick between Belleville in November and Phoenix in January and the choice of destination is pretty easy for most, but for a trio of local gymnasts the way to sunny rays was paved by their stay in Quinte Bay.

Kanata Rhythmic founder receives city’s Kilrea coaching award

Updated On: December 3, 2015
Kanata Rhythmic Gymnastics Club founder and head coach Dasa Lelli was presented the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony on Nov. 10 at City Hall.

Gymnast saves best for last in Japan

Updated On: October 7, 2015
Nerves almost stopped local gymnast Sam Zakutney at a major junior international meet Sept. 22-23 in Yokohama, Japan.

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