Padurariu joined with Jade Chrobok, also from Gemini Gymnastics, Haley de Jong from Flicka Gymnastics in Vancouver, and Sayge Urban from Dynamo Gymnastics in Cambridge, ON to dominate the team competition, finishing a full 10 points ahead of the second place team from Argentina.
“It’s the beginning of the season so we are in the process of building the team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Alex Bard, the national development coach for Gymnastics Canada. “The main thing was to build the team, to see where they are right now, and what they need to improve. We beat the second team by 10.7 points which means we were way, way ahead.”
Urban was also a multi-medallist at the event, winning bronze in the all-around competition, and silver on the vault. De Jong took bronze on the beam, and Chrobok took silver on the bars.
Meaghan Ruttan from the Calgary Gymnastics Centre in Calgary, AB was the lone senior gymnast to travel to the competition and had a solid competition bringing home a silver medal from the beam competition and finishing 5th on floor.
“We had very minor mistakes, and we definitely have some work to do,” said Bard. “Our next competition will be the Olympic Hopes Competition in the Czech Republic in November. We’ve seen the Pan American countries, and this meet will show us where the Europeans are at with their preparations. These upcoming juniors are going to give our seniors a run for their money for the Olympic team in 2020!”
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