April 6-9: Tristar Gymnastics Club of Markham brought home two all-around champions and several qualifiers and finalists from the 2017 Women’s Ontario Championships. The club ranked among the top performers from participants across the province in securing two spots in the overall category.

Over 800 artistic gymnasts competed in the four-day event which took place at the Better Living Centre on the CNE grounds in downtown Toronto.

Twelve-year-old Lindsey Gill gave a “spotless beam routine” in her last event in the level 6 round, winning her the all-around provincial champion title. Lindsay battled it out against Tia Ramirez of Gym Magic Club from the start of the first event, and with a determination to win, according to head coach, Iuly Gerschovich.

Her winning score of 9.700 on beam accelerated her to 1st place and was accompanied by a score of 9.600 placing her 2nd on the floor and 9.683 which placed her 1st on vault.

Gill is accompanied by 16-year-old Alyssa Capogna, who became level 6 all around provincial champion after scoring her lifetime best of 9.866 on beam. According to Gerschovich, Capogna remained calm and focused throughout the competition, which allowed her to improve on each individual event.

It was an uphill battle for Capogna who started off with 9.066 on bars, ranking her 6th, 9.55 on floor ranking her 7th and (her personal best of) 9.533 on vault, ranking her 5th. It was, however, her hard work and determination to climb through each and every event that eventually got her to top of the heap.

“Everyone worked very hard all year and it was very hard to even to qualify for this event. Most of the kids did their personal best and I am very proud of them,” said Gerschovich.

The champs are joined by other exceptionally performing club members at the competition including, 10-year-old Alana Ricketts and 11-year-old Kyra Choy who qualified on the Ontario team for the Eastern Championships in New Brunswick, May 5-7.

Teammate Morgan Tong, who competed in level 10 earned herself a spot on the Ontario team for the National Championships in Montreal, May 22-29.

Tristar is proud of all of their competing athletes who performed well in the provincial event:

“32 of the best athletes in each age category from 700 clubs from all over Ontario competed. Most of the time the place looked like a gladiator’s field because all athletes came there with one goal only – to give their best!  It was so tight that in most cases only a fraction of a point separated athletes,” says Gerschovich.

For a full list of results, go to: http://www.gymnasticsontario.ca/2017/04/10/2017-wag-ontario-championships/

(Pictured: Level 6 All-Around Champion, Alyssa Capogna competing at the 2017 event)