Gymnastics Canada Confirmed Athletes to Commonwealth Games

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June 18,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA – Gymnastics Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today
confirmed the athletes and coaches to be named to Team Canada for the XXth
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland this July.

Anchoring the Canadian women’s artistic gymnastics squad are 2012 Olympic
veterans Ellie Black and Victoria Moors, while two-time Olympian Nathan
Gafuik leads the men’s squad.Black and Moors played key roles in Canada’s
best-ever 5th place team finish at the London Olympic Games and rank among
the world’s best gymnasts all around and in the floor exercise.Gafuik, a
mainstay on the Canadian men’s team for a decade, won three medals at the
2006 Commonwealth Games, including team gold.

Among the other top contenders on the men’s team are Anderson Loran of
Saskatoon, a silver medalist on high bar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and
Scott Morgan, ranked eighth in the floor exercise at the 2013 world
championships.

Canada’s rhythmic gymnastics team is led by two-time Canadian senior
champion Patricia, Bezzoubenko, who will be making her first appearance at
the Commonwealth Games. In her most recent international competition,
Bezzoubenko won the all around title at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships
in April.

“The 2014 Canadian Team is pleased to welcome the fourteen gymnasts
announced today”, said Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de Mission of the Canadian
Team in Glasgow. “I have witnessed tremendous results by gymnasts at the
Commonwealth Games I have attended in the past, and I know that this 2014
edition will be contending for the podium in Glasgow.”

“Canada has a long tradition of success in gymnastics at the Commonwealth
Games and we expect that to continue this summer in Glasgow,” says
Gymnastics Canada team leader Cathy Haines. “We are expecting to be ranked
top three in the team events in all disciplines as well as challenging for
medals across the board in individual competitions in both artistic and
rhythmic gymnastics.”

Athletes and coaches were nominated by Gymnastics Canada to Team Canada for
the 2014 Commonwealth Games using a comprehensive selection process,
including results from the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Nominated athletes and coaches:

Artistic Gymnastics – Women
Ellie Black, 19, Halifax, NS – Two-time Canadian all around senior champion,
eighth on floor and 13th all around at 2013 World Championships

Maegan Chant, 17, Waterdown, ON – silver medallist on vault and floor at
2014 Canadian Championships, member of 2013 world championship team.

Victoria Moors, 18, Cambridge, ON – Canadian record holder for best-ever all
around world championship result (10th – Antwerp, Belgium, 2013).

Isabela Onyshko, 16, Minnedosa, MB – third all around and first on beam at
the 2014 Canadian Championships.

Stefanie Merkle, 18, Petersburg, ON – bronze medal winner on beam and floor
at 2014 Canadian Championships.

Artistic Gymnastics – Men
Nathan Gafuik, 29, Calgary, AB – member of Canada’s best-ever men’s world
championship team result (6th, 2006, Aarhus, Denmark), competed at 2008 and
2012 Olympic Games.

Scott Morgan, 25, Vancouver, BC – 2014 Canadian floor and vault champion,
led Canadian men’s team at 2013 World Championships with 8th place on floor.

Anderson Loran, 23, Saskatoon, SK – won silver on high bar for best Canadian
result of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, silver medallist on floor
and high bar at 2014 Canadian Championships.

Kevin Lytwyn, 24, Stoney Creek, ON – member of the 2009, 2010, 2011 world
championship teams, top events are high bar, rings and floor.

Zachary Clay, 19, Chilliwack, BC – first on pommel horse and second on
parallel bars at 2014 Canadian Championships.

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Patricia Bezzoubenko, 17, Thornhill, ON – Three-time Canadian junior all
around champion and two-time senior champion. Placed 25th, just one spot out
of the final, at 2013 World Championships.

Maria Kitkarska, 19, Montreal, QC – second all around at 2014 Canadian
Championships, 11th all around at 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Annabelle Kovacs, 18, Vancouver, BC – Third all around at 2014 Canadian
Championships. One of two Canadians, along with Patricia Bezzoubenko, to
qualify for 2013 World Championships.

Coaches

Jason Woodnick, Calgary, AB – men’s artistic team coach
Valentin Stan, Vancouver, BC – men’s artistic team coach
David Kikuchi, Halifax, NS – women’s artistic team coach
Elvira Saadi, Cambridge, ON – women’s artistic team coach
Tony Smith, Cochrane, AB – men’s artistic national team director
Dave Brubaker, Sarnia, ON – women’s artistic national team director
Svetlana Joukova, Thornhill, ON – rhythmic gymnastics team coach

“Congratulations to these remarkable gymnasts who have given their all to
compete at the Commonwealth Games,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister
of State (Sport). “Their hard work has paid off and we look forward to
seeing them represent Canada this summer in Glasgow.”

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in
Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August
3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish
soil.

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