Triple treat for Ottawa Gymnastics

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

It was a triple crown kind of day for the Ottawa Gymnastics Club at the Elite Ontario provincial championships. Last weekend in Caledonia, OGC competitors claimed three of the individual overall titles at the provincial meet. Seven athletes also qualified to move on to even bigger season-ending meets.

Heading the champions' list was a familiar name: Melanie Banville of Long Sault, who claimed top honours in the senior high performance category. The Athens Olympian also swept all four apparatus golds (vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise).

Banville advances to the Canadian championships, May 23-29 in Vancouver. So, too, does OGC's Zuyen Vuong, third all-around in National Open in Caledonia.

Also claiming provincial all-around crowns for the club were Kayla Davis (Open 4) and Michelle Lepage (Open 3). Davis earned two silver and two bronze apparatus medals, while Lepage hit the podium in three of four.

Those two will represent Ontario at the Eastern Canadian championships May 5-8 in Charlottetown. Also qualifying for that meet were OGC's Amy White, fourth all-around, Open 4; Laura Hunt, second, Open 2, and Teslin Sandstrom, second, Tyro 3.

OGC had two provincial apparatus champions -- Lauren Ierullo, Open 3 balance beam, and Hunt, Open 2 vault.

DEACON SHORTENS STRIDE: Former Nepean resident Bruce Deacon has an Ottawa Marathon victory (2000) on his resume. Now he'd like to be the king of the road again at a shorter distance. Deacon has entered the MDS Nordion 10K, the Saturday night showcase event on the May 27-28 National Capital Race Weekend. The 38-year-old Deacon, who now resides in Victoria, retired from marathon running last year. He's a two-time winner of the Nordion 10K (1995-96) ... On Thursday, Nordion announced it has taken over sponsorship of the Race Weekend's 5K run/walk, making May. 28 "MDS Nordion Race Day."

ON 'BOARD FOR CANADA: Gananoque's Matthew Tunnicliffe placed 14th in snowboardcross -- Canada's best result in the event -- at the world junior snowboard championships this week in Zermatt, Switzerland. "I wanted to place in the top 10, but 14th is not bad considering this is the most important meet of my career so far," said Tunnicliffe, an engineering student at the University of British Columbia.

HOOPIN' IT UP: The Barrhaven Blue Devils earned the Major Bantam Division 3 bronze medal at the Ontario Cup Bantam/Major Bantam provincial basketball finals last weekend in London, Ont. The Blue Devils' Haley Ford won the Raptors Fair Play Award. Two local teams placed fourth in their groups: Gloucester Wolverines (Division 3), and the Ottawa Shooting Stars (Division 5).

AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: Ottawa's Jeff Bean (aerials) and Elisa Kurylowicz of Manotick (moguls) are back on Canada's World Cup freestyle ski team for the 2005-06 season ... Manotick's Sarah Cebulski, a sophomore, has been named the most valuable offensive player at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Kanata's Jessica Hussey, the team's goalkeeper, shared most valuable defensive player honours. She'll be one of the Dukes' captains in 2005, her senior year ... Ottawa's David Hart is the new coach of the national junior women's water polo team.

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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