Canadian aerialists touch down at Saint-Côme, QC, this week for the annual national championships.
The event takes place this Sunday at Val Saint-Côme resort and will feature a talented group of athletes including the likes of Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON), Olivier Rochon (Montreal, QC), Sabrina Guérin (Laval, QC), Mélissa Corbo (Blainville, QC) and Lewis Irving (Quebec City, QC).
With the FIS World Cup season having come to an end last week in Minsk, Belarus, this will be the last opportunity for the aerialists to test themselves against solid competition before next season.
For Gerrits, 23, it’s also an opportunity to continue realizing a dream that he had envisioned for himself over a decade ago.
“I’m pretty excited to come into nationals as the defending champion for the last two years,” said Gerrits. “I’m coming off of a rougher FIS season, but it’s been getting better every week. I finished fourth in Moscow and in Belarus I was really close (to breaking through). I’m looking to end the year on a good note here and do the jumps I’m capable of doing.
“National championships gives us the opportunity to jump with everyone on the team and that to me is probably the most fun that we can have in a season. To have all the competitors from the 10-year-olds, to the NorAM champions, to Olivier (Rochon) and myself all jumping together is special. That’s why I got into this sport. The camaraderie we have is amazing and we all hope to be the best one day.”
Also entering the competition as a two-time defending champion will be Guérin, a veteran of the team at the age of 30.
“It’s really a great opportunity for us to bring all of the aerialists together of all ages and skill,” said Guérin, who also won the title in 2011. “It will be fun to see everyone and compete together. Everyone wants to be known as a national champion so the competition will surely be good. I look forward to training and I can’t wait until Sunday’s final. It will be a special moment for everyone as always.”
There will be a lot of eyes on the athletes this week as they try to get noticed both by the crowd and coaches with their performance.
“It’s an important event for our program,” said Marc-André Moreau, High Performance Director. “We have a ton of new and young athletes who have not had the opportunity to compete at a level like this. It will really give us a chance to have a look at everyone and see how far each jumper has progressed.”
A full event schedule can be found here.
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