Canadian rhythmic gymnasts in group event set for debut at Elite Canada in Edmonton
Building on the success of Canada’s Olympic debut in the rhythmic gymnastics group competition at the 2012 London Games, a new six-member team gets into action this weekend at the 2014 Elite Canada event in Edmonton.
Members of the group are Katrina Cameron of Mississauga, Ont., and Anjelika Reznik of Vaughan, Ont., both members of Canada’s 11th place team at the Olympics, Victoria Reznik, twin sister of Anjelika and a member of Canada’s 2010 Youth Olympics squad, Sarah Hui and Teija Korjus-Parker of Toronto, both members of Canada’s gold medal winning group at the 2012 Junior Pan Am Championships, and Lucinda Nowell, a national-level gymnast making the switch from individual to group competition.
All team members with the exception of Nowell of Rhythmic Quebec in Montreal and the Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Club in Kanata, Ont., are from the Kalev club in Toronto.
This weekend’s event will be the first opportunity for the team to unveil its new routines in preparation for a busy upcoming season.
Coaches working with the group in a team approach include Mimi Masleva of Toronto, Zdravka Tchonkova of Winnipeg, Svetlana Joukova of Toronto and retired 2012 Olympian Rosie Cossar of Toronto.
Masleva guided 2008 Oympian Alexandra Orlando, while Tchonkova and Joukova coached the 2012 Olympic group. Cossar is a GCG apprentice coach.
National team director Teresa Orr of Newmarket, Ont., oversees team preparation and provides additional coaching support.
Following Elite Canada the team will compete internationally for the first time in April at World Cup meets in Lisbon, Portugal and Pesaro, Italy.
Leading up to the 2014 world championships in Izmir, Turkey in September, the group will also compete at the Senior Pan Am Championships to be held in Toronto in August.
Gymnastics Canada recognizes the efforts and extends its thanks to the coaches and clubs that have contributed to the development of the group program, including 2013 group member Iveta Milciute, who was unable to continue with the program in 2014. Iveta has returned to her home club in Calgary (Chinook Rhythmic Gymnastics) where she is coached by Olga Khabarova.