Hundreds of the top Trampoline, Double-min trampoline and Power Tumbling athletes from all over Canada converged on the UBC Campus in Vancouver last week to see who would be crowned National Champion in each category.
North Bay had 3 very good athletes not only vying for that title, but 2 from Apollo were also trying to qualify for a spot on Team Canada for the World’s and International Age-group teams being held in September in Amsterdam.
Samantha McParland, a Novice National tumbler had a great preliminary round of competition. Sam was up against 14 very good tumblers but was able to end prelims in first place, just less than 1 full point ahead of the 2nd place girl from Alberta.
McParland had 2 very good in-runs and that was what put her on top, ensuring a space for her in the finals competition.
Rose James was competing in the Senior National women’s double-mini competition, the highest category for women in Canada. With strong preliminary passes, she was in 2nd behind the current world-champion, Sarah Charles from Toronto. The finals competition was the deciding factor for both James and McParland.
McParland had an incredible 8-skill pass for finals, which scored the highest of any pass the whole competition. She finished in first place, was named National Champion her first year in the National categories and received a gold medal for her finish.
James maintained her position as well finishing the competition in 2nd place.
“I was happy for Rose, coming 2nd to the world champion is not a bad thing at all, plus she is sitting well on the Canadian team going to Amsterdam too which has been a goal of hers for a long time now. I know she was very happy and she’s determined to work very hard over the summer to improve the difficulty of her passes before World’s," said Apollo’s Head Coach Dave Harris.
“Rose’s consistency in completing good, solid passes has been what’s allowed her to finish this high. She has gone in quite confident and she has looked very good at all of the recent competitions. This should help her fare well Internationally.
“McParland will join Rose in Amsterdam a week later at the International Age-groups World’s”,added Harris.
“We’ll be working hard to ensure Sam has even more difficulty included in her passes for World’s as it will be a tough competition, but I’m sure if she works hard that she’ll compete well. I am very proud of both of the girls!”
Submitted to BayToday.ca