The team that will compete at world championships in Nanning, China this October has been named for Canada.
According to Rick McCharles at Gymnastics Coaching, the team will include Ellie Black of Alta Gymnastics, Maegan Chant of World Class Gymnastics, Isabela Onyshko of Brandon Eagles Gymnastics, Jordyn Pedersen of Manjak’s Gymnastics, Victoria-Kayen Woo of Gym-Richelieu, and Aleeza Yu of Gemini Gymnastics.
Notably missing is Victoria Moors, who was sent home from the Commonwealth Games this summer with no explanation. Gymnastics Canada later acknowledged that she wasn’t injured, and they replied “no comment” when McCharles asked about her status today, leaving the issue unfortunately ripe for speculation.
Instead, 2012 Olympian Black will take charge of the young and largely inexperienced team. Black did a tremendous job leading her team in Glasgow even after Moors’ quick and unexplained departure just days before they were set to compete, however the team was unable to put up scores high enough to contend for more than a bronze medal.
Without Black and Onyshko at the Senior Pan Am Championships in Mississauga this weekend, Canada placed fifth behind teams they usually have no problem beating – Brazil, Mexico, and even Cuba. It will be interesting to see how they can finish at worlds because while the lack of just one athlete doesn’t break a team, they certainly need her scores on all four events.
The world championships begin October 3.
Article by Lauren Hopkins