Diana Giorgi

Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championship takes over Libro Centre


By Jonathan Martin


Around 1,300 elite gymnasts flipped, swung and leaped their ways through Amherstburg’s Libro Centre this past week.

The Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships, hosted by Rose City Gymnastics, ran from April 5-8.

Diana Giorgi, who directed the event, said it “ran like clockwork.”  It was the first time the championships came to Amherstburg.

Jordan Battaglia performs
on the uneven bars during the Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics competition at the Libro Centre.

“We’ve been asked to host them again,” said Giorgi.  “If all the ducks fall into place and everything that needs to happen happens, it’s a possibility (we’ll host them again).”

Seventy judges scored the athletes and 250 coaches oversaw their performances.

Female and male competitions were held separately on the main ice pad and in the soccer domes respectively.  The women’s events included vault, beam, bars and floor.  The men’s comprised of vault, horizontal bar, parallel bar, pommel horse, rings and floor.

The Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championship came to the Libro Centre last Thursday through Sunday. Approximately 1,300 gymnasts from around the province displayed their talents over the four-day event.

The entire event was livestreamed by WeeStreem.  Recordings of the streams are available on the Gymnastics Ontario YouTube channel.

Colin Graham and his wife viewed their son Mackenzie Vaughan-Graham perform Friday. They thought the venue was “very nice” but did point out the surface they performed on in the indoor soccer facility.

“We’ve never seen anyone compete on grass before,” he quipped.

Rose City Gymnastics competitor Amy Robins, 10, won third place in her level – Aspire 2 – during the first day of the four-day meet.

“I think I did good,” she said. “I got third on everything.”

By “everything,” she meant third in vault, bar, beams and floor.

Amy Robins finished third in her category, Aspire 2. She competed for the hosts, Rose City Gymnastics.

Robins qualified for Easterns, which encompasses gymnasts in eastern Canada, later this year.

“It’s definitely the best I’ve ever done,” said Robins.

Robins, who trains five days per week for five hours a day, said it was nice to compete close to home.

“It was really nice because all of my friends were here,” she said.

—With files from Ron Giofu


Preparations continuing for Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships


By Ron Giofu


Preparations are continuing to host the top male and female gymnasts at the Libro Centre this April.

The Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships start April 5 and run for four days with Rose City Gymnastics being the host club. Athletes ranging in age from 9-20 are anticipated with some of the nation’s highest calibre gymnastics to be presented in the main ice pad and in the indoor soccer facility. Meet director Diana Giorgi said the women’s competitions will run Thursday-Sunday that weekend and the men’s competitions will go Friday through Sunday.

Approximately 1,200 athletes are expected as well as about 5,000 spectators.

Rose City Gymnastics is hosting the Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Libro Centre April 5-8. Hopefuls gather for a group picture last Friday night.

Women’s events will include vault, bars, beam and floor while men’s events will include vault, horizontal bar, rings, pommel hours, floor and parallel bars.

“This is the best of the best in Ontario,” added Lisa Deklerk, meet co-director.

The levels range from beginners to advanced, which is determined by either Gymnastics Ontario or Gymnastics Canada and is based on age and skill. Athletes will train from 16 to 25 plus hours per week. Some levels will be able to attempt to place in the top of their respective category and qualify to represent Ontario as part of Team Ontario at the Eastern Canadian Championships in the beginning of May or the Canadian National Championships in the end of May. The national championships are also being held in Ontario as they are to be held in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Lindsay Chia and Sophia Spadafora recently represented Rose City Gymnastics and did well at the Elite Canada meet.

The Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships will also need to be staffed with about 200-300 volunteers for the weekend. Giorgi said a police clearance is needed to volunteer.

Should the public have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Rose City Gymnastics by e-mail at rcgmeet@gmail.com or phone 519-999-2802. Forms are also available at the Libro Centre.