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Padurariu leads after first day of competition at the 2020 Elite Canada in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Ellie Black of Halifax, NS made her return to competition following an injury to her ankle at last fall’s World Championships and had the top score of the day on uneven bars and sits in third on beam – the only two apparatus she’s competing on this weekend.

“I was really excited to be out on the competition floor today. I competed a bar routine, and a beam routine – but really the goal was to be here and to compete, and to be a part of the team and to see how that went – and it was really successful,” said Black who was also seen training on vault and floor, but is taking her time getting those two routines back to competition readiness, and so won’t be competing on them this weekend.

For Moors, who just returned to training in January following an injury in her back sustained last fall, today’s result was really satisfying: “I didn’t set any expectations for myself today, because unfortunately I’ve overcome a pretty big injury in my back again, and I just came out here today and did what I could. I wasn’t really prepared, but I did my best. I have a new floor routine now – it’s the same music, but I’ve added a fourth pass, so it was great to try that out since I have American Cup coming up and so I just wanted to test a few things out for that and now I think we know what we really need to work on for that competition.”

The senior athletes will return to the competition floor once again on Sunday as they look to capture all-around and individual apparatus Elite Canada titles. Their scores from today will be added to their scores from Sunday to determine the medallists.

Saturday’s competition will feature the junior athletes who will take to the floor starting at 9:30am for their first day of competition, and who will then compete again on Sunday morning. The novices wrap-up their Elite Canada competition starting at 4:25 pm on Saturday with awards being handed out at 7:30 pm.



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