Flipping for senior meets

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Calgary's Jordan Harvie has her sights set on the 2008 Olympics but she has a few hurdles to clear along the way.

The gymnast needs more international competitions under her belt and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, March 15-26, would be a perfect item on her resume.

With the Commonwealth trials this weekend in Mississauga, Ont., Harvie will know sooner than later if she'll be competing in Melbourne and said her chances are decent.

"It could be good and it could be not so good, I guess," said Harvie. "They're looking more for event specialists now, which could help me on the beam but they're also looking for all-rounders, so it just depends on the day."

The 15-year-old first-year senior doesn't have all her routines on the same level with the veteran seniors.

Harvie has also been battling a bit of a back injury but doesn't think it'll affect her this weekend, although she's planning on getting a bone scan in the near future.

"I've got a sore back but it's nothing too serious. It's been bugging me for about a year now but it's not too bad, I only notice it when I'm doing lots of repetitions," said the Bishop Carroll student who finished first on bars and beam in junior at the 2005 Elite Canada competition.

Gymnastics runs in Harvie's blood, as her mother, Janice, was a tumbler and got her daughter into the sport when she was just three years old.

"I was one of those kids that had so much energy," said Harvie, who trains at the Calgary Gymnastics Centre. "I was just bouncing off the walls, so she just got me into gym."

She's already been to places like Australia, France and Romania for competitions and really enjoys being on the road.

"I love it. I think part of it is I don't like staying in one place for too long and I like to meet new people and experience different cultures and things like that," Harvie said.

Calgary's Kyle Shewfelt won gold in the floor exercise in Athens for Canada's first Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics and Harvie was one of the many affected by it.

"It was really cool because the men's team actually trained at our gym before they left, so I know a couple of the guys and it's really cool to see that one of us could actually do that. It was an eye-opener," said Harvie, who is coached by Sue Raffin and Jim Mouland.


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