Artistic & rhythmic gymnasts added to Team Canada for TO2015
The team that will take to the mats, bars and rings of the Toronto Coliseum was revealed on Thursday, with Gymnastics Canada naming 18 athletes to the Pan Am Games.
This takes the total number of Canadian gymnasts at Toronto 2015 to 22, with four athletes named last month for the trampoline competition.
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The expanded list of artistic and rhythmic gymnasts includes Olympians Ellie Black, Katrina Cameron and Anjelika Reznik.
Last weekend in Québec at the artistic nationals, Black won her third consecutive all-around Canadian title. Last October, she turned heads after a best-ever performance by a Canadian at a World Championships in the women’s individual all-around.
Like Black, Cameron and Reznik also helped make Canadian Olympic history. They were members of the first Canadian rhythmic gymnastics group that qualified for an Olympic Games, making their debut at London 2012. Both are returning Pan Am Games medallists from Guadalajara 2011 in the group event.
The rhythmic portion is further bolstered by the emergence of Rio 2016 hopeful Patricia Bezzoubenko, who was an all-around finalist at worlds in 2014.
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Full rhythmic team: Anjelika Reznik, Carmen Whelan, Katrina Cameron, Lucinda Nowell, Maya Kojevnikov, Patricia Bezzoubenko, Vanessa Panov, Victoria Reznik.
Full artistic team: Ellie Black, Hugh Smith, Isabela Onyshko, Kevin Lytwyn, Maegan Chant, Rene Cournoyer, Scott Morgan, Victoria-Kayen Woo
Artistic gymnastics will last from July 11 to 15, followed by rhythmic July 17-20 on the TO2015 calendar. The Toronto Coliseum is located at the Exhibition Place grounds.