The 2019 International Gymnix competition will feature young and experienced seniors as well as some talented juniors competing both for their countries and for their clubs. Canada, the host country, will be sending three senior teams, one junior team, and fourteen gymnasts competing for their clubs in the Gymnix Challenge Cup.

They should have a strong showing, with 2019 Elite Canada champion and World beam medalist Ana Padurariu competing. Isabela Onyshko will be hoping to make a comeback after struggling with consistency last year and showing improvement at Elite Canada. Emma Spence will be making her senior international debut here after competing at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. She also had a strong showing at Elite Canada in her first senior competition. With three teams competing, Canada will have a good chance at the podium, as many of their competitors have international experience and have been in the mix for Canada’s world and Olympic teams.

Ana Padurariu performs on the balance beam at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar/Durham Region Media Group

The US is also sending a team of impressive but relatively inexperienced seniors. 2018 Worlds team member Kara Eaker will be joined by first-year senior Aleah Finnegan, who just qualified as an elite in 2018 and placed 14th at nationals last summer. Alyona Shchennikova will be hoping to show that she can hit consistently in international competition, while Sloane Blakely will be making her international debut after finishing 16th at the US Gymnastics Championships in 2018.

Emma Nedov of Australia will be the veteran of the Australian team, coming off a second place finish on beam at the Melbourne World Cup and having competed at the 2018 World championships. Victoria Woo and Rose Woo will be competing for two different Canadian teams. Both sisters have been on the verge of making major international teams for Canada in the past few years.

In the junior competition, Zoe Allaire-Bourgie will be leading Canada’s team, having placed third among the senior field at Elite Canada earlier this year. The junior Elite Canada champion, Rebeka Groulx, will also be competing and will be joined by Clara Raposo, who placed second at Elite Canada. As this is a fairly young team,  this meet will serve as valuable experience for them as they become seniors in the next few years.

Skye Blakely, Sloane’s younger sister, will compete for the United States in the junior division after a fourth place finish at nationals in 2018. She will be joined by Olivia Greaves, a second-year junior elite who placed sixth at nationals. Lilly Lippeatt, who did not finish her 2018 season due to injury, will make her international competition debut along with Kaylen Morgan, who competed at Gymnix in 2018 with her club team.

Three gymnasts from the United States will be competing in the Gymnix Challenge. Sienna Robinson of Brown’s Gymnastics will make her comeback at this meet after missing the 2018 season due to a wrist injury. She is known for throwing big skills and will be one to watch during the competition. Mahleea Werline of Aftershock Gymnastics, who competed as a Hopes athlete in 2018, will get to see how her skills stack up against an international field. She will be joined by Katelyn Rosen of Mavericks Gymnastics, who placed 20th at nationals last year in the junior competition.

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