Beach gymnast Megan Roberts has hit another milestone on the way to an anticipated run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Roberts was too young to compete in this year’s Pan Am Games, but will move up to senior next year.
In June, Roberts earned the 2015 Canadian Junior Championship at the National Gymnastics Championships in Gatineau, Quebec.
Roberts took the gold in the floor and vault events, and silver in bars, just ahead of fellow Ontario gymnast Jade Chrobok. Both girls had a significant lead over the rest of the competitors. Roberts had the highest score, junior or senior, in the floor and vault events, and the third highest combined score of juniors and seniors. She was also awarded the Ernestine Russell Award for best high performance junior athlete of the year.
Roberts trains under Lawson Hamer and Lisa Cowan at the East York Gymnastics Club.
Upper Beach synchronized swimmer Maura McLean has been named to the Canadian National Team for swimmers age 13 to 15.
After the Canada Espoir Championships in Saint John, NB in June, McLean was chosen during a Synchro Canada trial for the team, which is now in Calgary training for the month. The training is in preparation for the 2015 Mediterranean Cup, which will be contested in Ostia, Italy from Aug. 6 to 9.
McLean is joined by 11 other swimmers, five returning team members. Head coach is Lilianne Grenier, assisted by Jennifer Koptie and Nathalie Lagrange.