The Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Club sent nine athletes to the Atlantic Gymnastics Championships in Sydney recently. Members of the team are, first row, from left, Quinn Cashen, Sam Trenholm and Zander Morris. Second row, Liam Simpson, Hayden Payson, Zach Morris, Erin McCavour, Cassie Beselt and Jordyn Henderson. Third row, Erin Simpson, Jared Goad, Colin James, Kim Bernard. Heather Laura Clarke – Special to the Truro Daily News
TRURO – A solid competitive season for the Cobequid Spartans continued recently at the Atlantic Gymnastics Championships in Sydney.
The Spartans sent nine athletes to the event and five gold medals returned around their necks.
Coaches Colin James, Kim Bernard and Jared Goad were pleased with the athletes’ showing at the competition, which attracted gymnasts from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
“It was a successful weekend, and everyone reached the goals that we had set before we went,” James said. “Quinn Cashen and Daniel Brownell both got gold medals on the pommels in their respective categories, and Quinn and Sam Trenholm earned gold medals in the team event. It was great!”
Erin McCavour won silver on the floor in the Novice 4 division while Zach Morris was third on the Level 1 under 12 vault. Sam Thenholm nabbed silver on the high bars in the Level 2 under 12 category.
The results fell in line with those of the rest of the season. In April, the Spartans sent 32 athletes to provincials in Amherst. Later that month, they sent 13 more to trampoline and tumbling provincials in Dartmouth.
The competition season has wrapped up for some of the Spartans, but the year’s most important events are quickly approaching for the rest.
McCavour, Matt Miller, Emily Gowan, Emma Henderson, Jensen MacNeil, Sawyer Buchanan, Michelle Totten, and Josh Weatherbey will be representing the Spartans at the Eastern Canadian Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships in St. John’s May 9-12. Jared Goad, Jeffrey Ramsay and Jessica Gallant will carry the team banner at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa May 21-26.
The Spartans train in an aging complex on the Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill. They’re busy fundraising to afford a larger, better-equipped building for the athletes, and James said winning competitions helps to raise the community’s awareness of the club.
“We have some athletes working hard to prepare for Easterns and Nationals, and our younger athletes have already started focusing on next year’s competition season,” he said. “We’re building towards the future, and trying to create a stronger competitive aspect in the club.
“It’s an exciting time for us.”
Complete results from Atlantics are as follows:
Cassie Beselt: Argo 2 (6th on Vault, 5th on Floor)
Jordyn Henderson: Tyro 3
Erin McCavour: Novice 4 (4th on Vault and Beam, 2nd on Floor, 3rd All Around)
Hayden Payson: Level 1 under 12 (4th on Pommels, Rings, and High Bars, and 6th All Around)
Zach Morris: Level 1 under 12 (3rd on Vault)
Quinn Cashen: Level 2 under 12 (1st on Pommels, 5th on Vault, Team Gold)
Sam Trenholm: Level 2 under 12 (4th on Vault and Floor, 6th on Rings, 2nd on high bar, Team Gold)
Daniel Brownell: Level 1 12+ (1st on Pommels)
Liam Simpson: Level 3 under 13
Zander Morris: Level 3 under 13