Chartier became Canada’s first individual gold medallist at the World Age Group Competition since Bryan Milonja in 1998 with his final score of 55.055 in the 13-14 boys age group. Both Chartier and Milonja were coached by Karina Kosko and Alain Duchesne out of the Quadrotramp club in Montreal.
“I was very stressed” said Chartier about heading into the finals. But winning gold? “It’s a feeling I can’t describe. I wasn’t expecting it. I was expecting maybe second or third, but when I saw my name with first next to it, I just thought ‘I did it’! My first WAGs I didn’t know where I could be – and I made finals and came fifth. This year, I was really expecting a podium – I know my best, and I did my best.”
Andrew Stamp of Great Britain took the silver with a score of 53.335, and Keigo Ogushi of Japan took bronze with a score of 53.085.
Lefevre headed into the finals of the girls 17-18 double mini-trampoline ranked first and put down two solid routines to win the bronze medal behind Mafalda Brás of Portugal and Pauline Feyaerts of Belgium.
“I didn’t even know if I was going to make finals, and going into finals in first was crazy. I really feel like I could have done better, but I’m a perfectionist! I’m really excited to stand on the podium with the best two girls in the world and that’s an honour,” said Lefevre who was competing in her second WAGs competition.
The World Age Group Competition features athletes from ages 11-18 competing in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline, and tumbling. Competition continues tomorrow with individual trampoline for boys and girls in the 15-16 age category; tumbling for 17-18 girls and boys; double mini-trampoline for 11-12 girls and boys; and synchronized trampoline for 13-14 girls and boys.
OTHER CANADIAN RESULTS FROM TODAY:
Boys 13-14 Trampoline: Rémi Aubin, Rosemere, QC – 34th; Kai Dwyer, Fall River, NS – 67th; Declan McLean, Burnaby, BC – 31st
Girls 13-14 Trampoline: Alex Boucher, Calgary, AB – 59th; Jordyn Yendley, Kelowna, BC – 40th
Boys 15-16 Tumbling: Raphaël Boucher, Drummondville, QC – 17th; Damian Redillas, Mississauga, ON – 16th
Girls 15-16 Tumbling: Megan Heck, Mississauga, ON – 28th; Haven Swarts, Port Dover, ON – 10th
Boys 17-18 DMT: Joey Humberstone, Fort Langley, BC – 25th