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Island Gymnastics Academy’s Reese Kelly, right, meets Olympian Ellie Black during the Prince Edward Classic over the weekend in Charlottetown.

Canadian champion Ellie Black takes part in Prince Edward Classic competition in Charlottetown

Olympic gymnast Ellie Black had a crowd of young fans eager to meet her during the recent Prince Edward Classic competition in Charlottetown.

A key member of Canada’s most successful women’s gymnastics team in history, and current Canadian champion, Black wowed spectators with her world-class routines. Canadian men’s champion Hugh Smith also competed in the event.

Island Gymnastics Academy has hosted the competition annually for the last 18 years and it is the largest of its kind east of Montreal.

“It was exciting for our senior gymnasts to share the competition floor with Ellie Black,” said meet director Lea Rand. “She is a great inspiration for our local athletes.”

Academy gymnasts had close to 300 podium finishes during the weekend, winning the all-around gold in seven categories and event gold medals on numerous apparatus.

Open two champion Jenny Campbell led the girls’ team with the highest Academy score, 49.80. She also won beam and floor. Reese Kelly was P.E.I.’s top level four, winning the gold in the tyro four all-around and taking first place on vault, bars and beam. Tessa McGuigan took the silver medal in the novice four category.

In open three, Megan Doucette was first overall and the gold medalist on floor.

Tyro three girls had a strong showing with Karisa Quinn winning the silver in the all-around and gold on vault. Teammate Jenaya Ross was third overall.

In novice three, Alicia Muttart was the top performer with a bronze all-around medal. Teammate Alexa McClure took the gold medals on both bars and beam. Lauren MacDonald took first overall in a strong field of competitors in tyro two. Sophie Mayne was the argo two floor champion. Maggie Campbell was the argo one champion with teammate Emily Gallant claiming the bronze overall medal.

It was exciting for our senior gymnasts to share the competition floor with Ellie Black. She is a great inspiration for our local athletes. Lea Rand, meet director

Academy argo one girls also won several event gold medals. Emily Gallant won bars, Ella MacDougall and Lilly Chappell won beam and Lindsay Ching won floor. Ella Hickey took the silver medal in the all-around and the gold on bars.

Gabriel Ing added to his recent win in Nova Scotia with the all-around gold medal in level one under-10 division. He also won floor, parallel bars and high bar. Also in level one, Simon Burns was second all-around and took the gold on rings and vault in the over-12 category. Teammate Ben Davidson was third all-around in the under-12 category.

In level two under-10, Trent Quinn took the gold overall as well as first place on floor, pommels, vault and parallel bars.

In level three under-13, Jacob Carver was the vault champion. In the over-13 category, Donovan Ching won overall bronze and took first place on vault. In level four over-13, Ryan McKenna was second all-around and first on high bar. Isaac Bourque was third overall in pre-argo elite and took the gold on parallel bars.

In national open, Blaise Roberts was first overall and also took the gold medal on pommels, rings and parallel bars. Sam Mallett won the gold medal on high bar. Island gymnasts who qualified at this competition will have the opportunity to compete later in the season at regional and national championships.

Full competition results can be found at www.islandgymnasticsacademy.com.



Organizations: Island Gymnastics Academy

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Montreal Nova Scotia

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