Tumblers gymnasts leap into new winter season SPORTS

ORLÉANS | They are off to make their mark in gymnastics andmaybe earn themselves a place in the roster for next year’s provin- cial championships. The Tumblers Gymnastics Centre is send- ing a 14-member team to the Ontario Pro- vincial Qualifiers in Burlington over the Dec. 6 weekend. The three-day event is the opening round of the qualifiers for gym- nasts hoping to compete in the provincials in April in Windsor. The Tumblers club will field its first nation- al-level female gymnasts as Julie Anne Fiset and Alexandra Nolan both compete in the Novice National category for ages 10 to 12. A top result for either one will earn them a chance to compete in the Elite Canada event in February. “It will mean everything to me,” said Fiset, “because I really want more experience in new competitions. This year I ammoving up to a new level and I am really excited about that. I want to do my best at this competi- tion and be confident.” Also going to Burlington are Avery Ro- sales, Juliette Chapman and Bryanna O’Grady as the trio compete in the Canadi- an Pre-Novice Program in the Elite stream. All three are developing their routines so they can compete in the provincials and win a spot at the Eastern Canadian Champi- onships later next year. Last season Rosales was a reserve athlete for Team Ontario at the Eastern and her goal this season is mak- ing the top four in the team ranks. Another dozen members of the Tumblers

are focused on making their mark this sea- son. Sophie Paquin and Caroline Poirier are in Level 9 competition, the highest in the provincial event. In Level 8 are Maya Rana, Alex Cameron, and Jordan Faig. Makiya Plantewill compete at Level 7 while Level 6 entrants are Kylie Kamal, Emily Lemieux, Martine Dionne, and Jillian Van Every. The Burlington qualifier is the first of three qualifiers for these 12 Tum- blers to make their place at the provincials. "It is an exciting year for our program," says Alina Florea, Tumblers women's pro- gram manager. "We have spent the last three years developing our program to achieve higher results in the top provincial levels and we are nowmoving forward with entries in national categories. The girls have been training hard and working to increase the difficulty of their routines and now we will see how the hard work has paid off." Sophie Paquin soars with her technique on the beam. Voyageurs at rest The CIHA Voyageurs take a break from their Major Midget AAA schedule for the Christmas holidays. The Voyageurs finished the first half of their season with a 7-5-3 game record after matches with the Wild, the Sens, and the Cyclones. Play resumes in January against the 67s.



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