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Canadian teams announced for 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

For both the Men’s and women’s teams, two additional reserves have been identified who will remain in Canada, but who could be called upon to compete or be a reserve on-site in Glasgow.

“The athletes in our World Championships pool have been following an intense plan for the past 11 months, and it was because of their hard work and team mentality that we were able to select the team that will take us to the next round of Olympic qualification,” said Tony Smith, National Team Director for men’s artistic gymnastics. “Our team is stronger and better prepared than we were at the Pan Am Games, so I have every reason to believe that this will be a rewarding World Championships for Canada.”

“To have our best outcome at the worlds, our team just has to focus on the process,” said National Team Director for women’s artistic gymnastics, Dave Brubaker. “We’re strengthening the whole team as we head into Rio. We have great leadership from Ellie (Black), Brittany (Rogers), and Isabela (Onyshko) and it’s really nice to be able to select from a larger pool of athletes. We seem to have more depth built into the program which is great for the future of gymnastics in Canada.”

Olympic qualification process:

TEAM: The top eight teams in both the men’s and women’s competition will directly qualify for Rio. Those teams ranked 9th to 16th will advance to the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro in April. The top four teams at that event will advance to the Olympics.

INDIVIDUAL: The individual apparatus medal winners at the World Championships, who are NOT already part of a qualified team for the Olympics, will directly qualify for Rio. Those gymnasts on teams that advance to the test event will also contend for individual spots at that event with a maximum of two male gymnasts, and two female gymnasts per country qualifying.

For more details on the qualification process, please click here.

Who: 14 athletes, 4 team coaches, 4 judges and personal coaches
What: 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships / First 2016 Olympic Games qualifying event
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
When: October 23rd to November 1st, 2015
Social: #Glasgow2015



  • Ellie Black, Halifax, NS – Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club
  • Madison Copiak, Calgary, AB – Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Isabela Onyshko, Brandon, MB – Brandon Eagles Gymnastics
  • Brittany Rogers, Calgary, AB – Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Audrey Rousseau, La Prairie, QC – Équilibrix
  • Sydney Townsend, Conestogo, ON – Revolution Gymnastics
  • Victoria-Kayen Woo, Brossard, QC – Gym-Richelieu

Additional Reserves:

  • Maegan Chant, Waterdown, ON – World Class Gymnastics
  • Kirsten Peterman, Cambridge, ON – Revolution Gymnastics

Team Coaches:

  • David Kikuchi, Halifax, NS
  • Lorie Henderson, Brandon, MB


  • Liz Armitage, Toronto, ON
  • Elena Davydova, Oshawa, ON


  • Zachary Clay, Chilliwack, BC – Twisters Gymnastics Club
  • René Cournoyer, Repentigny, QC – Club Gymnika
  • Ken Ikeda, Abbotsford, BC – Twisters Gymnastics Club
  • Anderson Loran, Saskatoon, SK – Taiso Gymnastics
  • Kevin Lytwyn, Calgary, AB – University of Calgary
  • Scott Morgan, Vancouver, BC – Flicka Gymnastics Club
  • Hugh Smith, Dartmouth, NS – Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club

Additional Reserves:

  • Damian Cachia, Calgary, AB – University of Calgary
  • Robert Watson, Port Coquitlam, BC – Twisters Gymnastics

Team Coaches:

  • Jason Woodnick, Calgary, AB
  • Vali Stan, North Vancouver, BC


  • Ray Heiderich, Calgary, AB
  • Chris Grabowecky, Calgary, AB (FIG assigned)


  • Oct. 23: WAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 24: WAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 25: MAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 26: MAG Qualifications
  • Oct. 27: WAG Team Final
  • Oct. 28: MAG Team Final
  • Oct. 29: WAG All-around Final
  • Oct. 30: MAG All-around Final
  • Oct. 31: Apparatus Finals (MAG: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings. WAG: Vault, Uneven Bars)
  • Nov. 1: Apparatus Finals (MAG: Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar. WAG: Balance Beam, Floor)


  • Sat. October 31 @15:00 ET– Team Finals
  • Sat. November 7 @ 15:00 ET – Individual All-around Finals
  • Sun. November 8 @ 13:00 ET – Apparatus Finals


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