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Strong performances for Canadian rhythmic gymnasts at World Challenge Cup in Spain

The senior group, composed of Carmel Kallemaa, Diana Noskova, Vanessa Panov, Alexandra Udachina, Carmen Whelan, and Alexandra Zilyuk – all of Toronto, performed two routines at the competition and finished 11th overall with scores of 16.900 with their 5 balls routine, and 17.900 with their 3 hoops and 2 clubs routine which were strong improvements from their competition last week in Baku, AZE.

“Our team did much better than our last and very first international competition in Baku,” said their captain Vanessa Panov of Toronto. “Our performances got progressively better and we finished on a strong note in Guadalajara. This is still just the beginning of our journey as we’re a new team. As we gain more experience from these world events and proceed to work hard on our precision and quick recoveries we will definitely continue to improve. Competing in front of an audience helps us get used to the nerves and pressure and it will get easier throughout the year. Our next competition is Nationals where we hope to fully deliver what we are capable of!”

Garcia, who represented Canada last summer at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, finished 22nd overall with a total score of 62.450, and was pleased with her performance: “It’s always an honour to represent Canada, especially at such a high level competition. This weekend I had some disappointing mistakes but also some highlights. I’m proud that I was able to have a better second day and finish my first world challenge cup in 22nd place all-around and 18th place in clubs.”

Krivchun finished the weekend just behind Garcia in 25th position. “The competition this week went better than I expected, as this is my first competition at such a high level. Hoop, ball, and ribbon went pretty well and clubs – my last routine – did not go as I expected but it’s all about experience so hopefully nationals will be more stable,” said Krivchun following the competition.

All athletes will now return to Canada to compete at the Rhythmic Gymnastics Canadian Championships at the Markham Pan Am Centre in Markham, ON from May 17-19.

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