Black hopes to cash in on her excellent form
DOHA: Reigning All-around silver medalist Ellie Black will hope to cash in on her excellent form when she leads the Canadian women’s team at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships here.
Black’s stupendous show at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Paris, France, saw her dominate with four medals -- gold (beam), silvers (floor & vault) and bronze (uneven bars).
“We work together as a team. It was great to get out competing again, and to use this experience to work towards the World Championships,” said Black, who shared the WAG Athlete of the Year award with Brooklyn Moors early this year.
Moors, Ana Padurariu, Shallon Olsen and Laurie Dénommée are the other members in the squad.
“We are looking forward to the Worlds. Our task as a team is to build the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said WAG team coach Alex Bard. “This exciting mix of athletes will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience leading to Tokyo 2020.”
In the MAG, Canada will field Zachary Clay, Rene Cournoyer, Scott Morgan, Cory Paterson and Sam Zakutney.
“The Doha Worlds will provide the men’s team with the opportunity to measure themselves against the top nations,” said Ed Van Hoof, head coach. “For us, ‘team’ is the priority in the first steps towards Olympic qualification. Our gymnasts and coaches, who have a blend of youth and experience, are very motivated towards this goal.”
Squads: MAG: Zachary Clay, Rene Cournoyer, Scott Morgan, Cory Paterson and Sam Zakutney; WAG: Ellie Black, Brooklyn Moors, Ana Padurariu, Shallon Olsen and Laurie Dénommée.