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Ultimate season hampered by COVID-19 concerns

Ultimate Gymnastics season hampered by COVID-19 concerns.
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(Photo by Ultimate Gymnastics)


THUNDER BAY -- While the professional sports world continues with season-ending cancellations due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the trickle-down effect has made its way onto the bars and beams of Ultimate Gymnastics.

Ten competitive athletes from Ultimate Gymnastics Women’s Artistic Provincial Squad have seen their season come to a screeching halt, with the announcement that Gymnastics Ontario will postpone and or cancel the 2020 Ontario Championships for Levels 7 – 10, scheduled to take place in Waterloo April 2 – 5.

The club also awaits updated information on the Level 6 Championships, with athletes scheduled to hit the mats April 18 -19 in Windsor.

Currently in just its 6th season as a club, this is the 6th consecutive year their competitive team’s gymnasts have earned a spot in the provincial finals, with 2020 being an all-time high of ten athletes scheduled to represent the club.

Awaiting word on whether or not the show will go on, are Olivia Arena, Mia Caldwell, Sadie DeVente, Caroline DiFelice, Poppy Henderson, Tiana Lombardo, Avery Martin, Amanda Mastrangelo, Sarah McChristie and Tiara Sutton, each making the cut by qualifying in the top tier of their respective level and age categories.

Among the top gymnasts in the city, the realization that their season is being cut short hasn’t dampened the spirits of these talented young ladies. Throughout the year, each time they’ve been knocked down, they’ve gotten back up again.