Biography:

Carmen WhelanCarmen Whelan has yet to compete at the FIG World Championships, but she has gained international experience through World Cup appearances, including 2015 events in Bucharest and Lisbon. She finished second to Pan Am Games teammate Patricia Bezzoubenko in the all-around at both the Canadian Championships and the Elite Canada meet in 2015. One of her career highlights was winning a bronze medal in the ball event at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championships. She finished seventh in the all-around at the 2014 Pan Am Championships as a senior competitor. Whelan has dreamed of representing Canada since training with Olympian Alexandra Orlando who told her that she was a hard worker with lots of talent, making her realize she had the potential to be a great gymnast.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Paul and Cynthia Whelan… Older sister Sinead… Grandfather Raymond Collyer was a national artistic gymnastics champion… Getting into the Sport: Started in gymnastics at age 6… First tried artistic but was too flexible and didn’t enjoy it… Fell in love with the beauty and difficulty of rhythmic immediately after switching… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing sports, going to the cottage, travelling… Grade 11 at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Monkey… Role model is two-time world all-around champion Yana Kudryavtseva for surpassing expectations and limits in the sport… Collects souvenir keychains from each country she visits…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

PAC: 2014 – 7th (all-around), 7th (clubs)