Less than three months after helping her team to the bronze medal at world championships, Sydney Turner is set to lead the field at Elite Canada, held in Saskatoon this weekend.
Turner is the only member of the 2022 worlds team who will compete this weekend, but the senior field will still be an exciting one, especially with the long-awaited return of Clara Raposo, once a standout junior who has spent most of the past three years sidelined by injuries and Canada’s strict COVID-19 lockdown rules. This weekend’s competition marks Raposo’s first in-person meet since the 2020 edition of Elite Canada.
Also on the senior roster is 2020 Olympian and Turner’s 2022 Pan Am Championships bronze-medal winning teammate Ava Stewart; 2021 Junior Pan Am Games all-around medalist Aurélie Tran, who missed out on most of her senior debut season last year but returned in November to earn a silver medal on bars at the Gymnova Cup in Belgium; 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Cassie Lee and Jenna Lalonde; veteran Jessica Dowling, who won the silver medal on bars at the Mersin Challenge Cup in October; and most interestingly, former U.S. junior standout Azaraya Ra-Akbar, who finished fifth all-around and third on floor in the junior field at last year’s Winter Cup, but who has since moved to Dynamo outside of Toronto, though whether she plans to compete for Canada going forward is still unclear.
Leading the junior field is 2022 national champion Victoriane Charron, who will be difficult to upset if she competes all four events, but Cristella Brunetti-Burns has some beautiful work on beam and is definitely one to watch. We’ll also see last year’s novice champion Lia Monica Fontaine step up into the junior group here, and Aaliyah de Sousa is another name to keep an eye on at this level.
The men’s competition includes Zachary Clay, Félix Dolci, Chris Kaji, and Samuel Zakutney, all members of the 2022 world championships team that helped Canada to its third-best finish in history. Jayson Rampersad and Kenji Tamane, members of the silver medal-winning Commonwealth Games team and bronze medal-winning Pan Ams team alongside Dolci and Kaji, will also compete here, as will 2020 Olympian René Cournoyer, who was expected to be on a couple of international team rosters last year, but was then sidelined by a knee injury, and Léandre Sauvé, an up-and-comer who showed excellent promise on floor and vault throughout the world cup and challenge cup season.
A full list of competitors is available further down the page.
Here’s the complete schedule for this weekend. All times are local to Saskatoon, which is one hour behind ET.
|FRIDAY JANUARY 20|
|9:00 am||MAG Aspire Day 1|
|12:15 pm||WAG Novice Day 1|
|12:30 pm||MAG Junior Day 1|
|5:30 pm||WAG Senior Day 1|
|MAG Senior Day 1|
|SATURDAY JANUARY 21|
|9:00 am||MAG Aspire Day 1|
|9:25 am||WAG Junior Day 1|
|3:30 pm||WAG Novice Day 2|
|SUNDAY JANUARY 22|
|11:30 am||WAG Junior Day 2|
|MAG Junior Day 2|
|3:45 pm||WAG Senior Day 2|
|MAG Senior Day 2|
How to Watch
Unfortunately, it looks like there will not be an official live stream for Elite Canada this year. There are a few accounts on YouTube and Facebook advertising a stream of the event, but these are scams linking to websites that ask you for money. Don’t do it! I’ll update everyone on Twitter if something real does pop up, but for now, it looks like we’ll only be able to follow live results via SportzSoft. Here’s the WAG link, and I’ll share MAG when it’s available.
Veronica Clouet Ivan
Aaliyah De Sousa
Lia Monica Fontaine
Alyssa Guerrier Calixte
|SENIOR NEXT GEN MAG|
|JUNIOR 16-18 MAG|
|JUNIOR 14-15 MAG|
|Daniel Istvan Dunai
Jaydon De Silva
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