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Rio Olympians Black, Onyshko, Olsen & Morgan selected to represent Canada at 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal

“The six athletes verified during the model training at our camp all did very, very well so we’re pleased knowing that we’re on target to meet our objectives at the World Championships,” said National Team Director for women’s artistic gymnastics, Dave Brubaker. “I think the key aspect of the process going forward is the ongoing verification. The athletes that seem to have the best chance to achieve the objectives were named by the process and we have two very strong alternates that could step in as well depending on how the ongoing verification goes between now and the final camp in Sarnia.”

 “It feels great (to be named to the team),” said Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, MB, a member of Canada’s 2016 Olympic team. “It hasn’t been easy to come back from a significant amount of time off after the Olympics so it’s gratifying to know that I’m back in the Game. It’s also really nice to have the opportunity to compete at home, it’s always great to have a home crowd and the energy is so much fun.”

On the men’s side, the selection process identified four athletes who will be nominated to the delegation and a process of ongoing verification and competition through the summer will be used to finalize the remaining athletes who will compete in Montreal.

“I really see this team coming together. We had some outstanding performances at the camp, and the boys have really raised the bar. The depth of our team is creating some strong internal competition, and I foresee it to be a real challenge to make this team in the future,” said Tony Smith, National Team Director for men’s artistic gymnastics.

“From what I saw at this camp, it’s the best gymnastics I have ever seen from Team Canada as a whole. We have lot of talented gymnasts and are looking so promising for the upcoming cycle. The atmosphere and friendly competition that goes on during these camps only makes me want to be better and stronger. I have never been so excited and motivated to be part of this team and I want to be a strong veteran leader and lead this team all the way to Tokyo,” said Jackson Payne from Calgary, AB who will be attending his fourth World Championships.

What: 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
Where: Olympic Stadium – Montreal, CAN
When: October 2nd to October 8th, 2017
Social: #MTL2017GYM @CDNGymnastics



  • Ellie Black, Halifax, NS – Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club
  • Brooklyn Moors, Cambridge, ON – Dynamo Gymnastics
  • Shallon Olsen, Surrey, BC – Omega Sports Centre
  • Isabela Onyshko, Brandon, MB – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics


  • Brittany Rogers, Calgary, AB – Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Rose Kaying Woo, Brossard, QC – Gym-Richelieu


  • Zachary Clay, Chilliwack, BC – Twisters Gymnastics Club
  • Scott Morgan, Vancouver, BC – Flicka Gymnastics
  • Jackson Payne, Calgary, AB – Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Thierry Pellerin, Lévis, QC – Gymnamic

Under consideration:

  • Rene Cournoyer, Repentigny, QC – Club Gymnika
  • Kevin Lytwyn, Stoney Creek, ON – Burlington BG’s
  • Samuel Paquin, Saint-Jérome, QC – Centre Père Sablon


  • Oct. 2: MAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 3: MAG & WAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 4: WAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 5: MAG Individual All-around Final
  • Oct. 6: WAG Individual All-around Final
  • Oct. 7: Apparatus Finals (MAG: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings. WAG: Vault, Uneven Bars)
  • Oct. 8: Apparatus Finals (MAG: Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar. WAG: Balance Beam, Floor)


First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics


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Julie Forget
Director, Communications and Marketing
Gymnastics Canada 
Office: 613.748.5637 x 233
Cell: 819.210.2064


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