Lady Luck smiles on gymnasts in Vegas LAS VEGAS | Luck was a real lady for the Tumblers Gymnastics Centre team down in Las Vegas. environment from what they are used to,” stated Florea. “I had hoped to see the girls place in the top 10 in their levels, and they did a great job.

Tumblers Program Manager Alina Florea decided to take a team to the Vegas tour- nament. Part of her reasoning was that the Lady Luck Invitational is one of the largest gymnastics meets in the United States and also part of the USA Gymnastics Nastia Li- ukin Cup Series, which features the top clubs in the country along with top-level competitors from abroad. “I wanted the girls to have the opportuni- ty to be exposed to a different competitive

One challenge for the Orléans gymnasts was following competition rules that were a bit different from what they were used to in Ontario. Team officials noted the eight girls representing the club proved “more than up for the challenge.” The youngest member of the team, nine- year-old Emily Lemieux, nailed a silver med- al for her work on the balance beam and placed fifth all around in her tournament group on the first day of competition. Jordan Faig, 11, took the bronze in Level 8 floor competition plus finished second all around in her group. Avery Rosales, 10, col- lected a silver for her floor technique and a bronze on the beam, with third all around in her group in Level 8. Bryanna O’Grady finished fourth all around in her group and won the silver on the beam. Alexandra Cameron, 11, landed the bronze in the vault. Juliette Chapman, 10, helped the team with her event plac- ings to give Tumblers the third-place posi- tion out of 10 teams in their competition category for the day. Mobile Esthetics Experience: 31 yrs/ans Coco 613 325-1696 FACIAL• MANICURE • PEDICURE MASSAGE • WAXING • GEL AT HOME ESTHETIC SERVICES SERVICES D’ESTHÉTIQUE À DOMICILE

The Orléans club sent an eight-member team to the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada over the Jan. 18 weekend. The team came back with a fistful of medals from an international competition featur- ing more than 2000 gymnasts from across North America and from as far away as Aus- tralia.

“This trip was also an opportunity to bond as a team and to learn to be more independent as the parents were not trav- eling with them. Add in the experience of seeing a cirque show and visiting the Grand Canyon, this trip has been a great experi- ence for them all.”

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video of his gridiron exploits with the Fal- cons during the past season to half a dozen universities and colleges in Ontario and Nova Scotia. All but one replied and out of the various application proposals, he picked the one from Carleton. “It’s got a good (re)build coming up,” he said. “And it’s close to home.” He still expects to live either on campus or nearby during his university stint. In be- tween practice and games with the Ravens, Edwards will pursue studies in sociology. “I want to do something that gives back to troubled youth,” Edwards said, adding that he had some “hard times” during his own younger days. The six-foot-one linebacker may also get in a bit of recreational basketball for relax- ation and to help with his footwork.

HAMMOND | Geordie Edwards is on his way now. The 18-year-old former linebacker for the Saint Francis Xavier Falcons leaves high school league football behind in Septem- ber when he joins the Carleton University Ravens. He’s still at SFX Catholic High School but just to take a few more university credit courses in English and other subjects to round out his pre-college curriculum re- cord. “I graduated last year,” he said, smiling. “I did my victory lap.” Edwards submitted copies of a highlights


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