Eight athletes from the Shasta Trampoline Club in New Westminster were chosen among Canada's most promising gymnasts to represent Canada at 2012 Indo Pacific Championships.
Ben and Duncan Blais from New Westminster, Liam Doherty, Tyler Edwards, Olivia Bortolazzo of Burnaby, Brittany Falconer, and Poppy and Cam Quinlan are pumped as they prepare for take off to Sydney, Australia with Team Canada on Thursday.
After months of intensive training under the direction of Val Johnson, head coach and founder of Shasta Trampoline, these young athletes have been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Indos, which run until Saturday. This competition is held every two years and was established to provide athletes from non-European countries an opportunity to compete in an international event. This year, the event is being hosted by Gymnastics Australia at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
The best trampoline athletes from countries along the Pacific and Indian Oceans will be there.
"All the athletes are excited and ready to compete at their best" says Val Johnson. Curt DeWolff, a member of Shasta's elite coaching team and former tumbler will be accompanying the athletes to Sydney.
Shasta's particularly strong representation on Team Canada this year reflects Val's unceasing commitment and dedication to her athletes and coaching team, and her long-standing passion for competitive jumping.