Following a competitive showing by the four Team BC gymnasts in the Individual Trampoline qualifications rounds, only one female and one male athlete moved on to compete in the finals rounding out a top-8.
On the women’s side, Jordan Yendley (Kelowna) performed well and stepped up to make the battle for the lone final spot representing BC a challenge. Maja Bonham (Vancouver) was the favourite to advance and represent BC and ultimately she earned that right.
Bonham had a solid finals routine, but ultimately was outmatched by competition. She went into the final ranked 3rd, but fell to 5th place by the end of the night.
“I felt really good going in to finals. It is a fresh-start finals so everyone starts off at zero with one shot at the podium,” said Bonham when discussing her day following the final competition. “Finals didn’t go quite as well for me, but I am still happy and proud that I had the opportunity to compete and make it into the top-8.”
Both ladies showed well leaving them in a great place heading into the Team Event on February 26th.
On the men’s side, Team BC coaches were excited and surprised at the performance of both athletes in the qualification rounds.
“Jordan (Yendley) really laid it down today in qualification. We are excited for him but also knew that if Gavin (Dodd) wanted that shot, he was going to have to really bring it and impress the judges for that top-8 finish,” said Matt Wheele, head coach of Team BC trampoline.
Gavin Dodd (Kamloops) ultimately secured the top-8 finish, and a spot in the start fresh finals this evening. In a very disappointing misstep during Gavin’s final routine at Collicutt, he hit the side matting which unfortunately took him out of podium contention and ended his day with an 8th place finish.
With the team event beginning tomorrow, all four athletes are poised and excited to enjoy all the 2019 Canada Winter Games has to offer.
Results - Women’s Individual Qualification Flights
Jordan Yendley (Kelowna)
· Round 1 score: 43.555 (sitting in 4th after first round)
· Round 2 score: 47.87 (sitting in 2nd after flight 1)
· Total score: 91.415
Maja Bonham (Vancouver)
· Round 1 score: 43.755
· Round 2 score: 48.69
· Total score: 92.445
Results - Men’s Individual Qualification Flights
Declan McLean (Burnaby)
· Round 1 score: 46.835
· Round 2 score: 50.55
· Total score: 97.385 (putting him in first for the time being until being bumped to fourth, resulting in 6th place overall finish in prelims)
Gavin Dodd (Kamloops)
· Round 1 score: 47.115 putting him in third place
· Round 2 score: 52.515
· Total score: 99.630 total putting him second in prelims and into the finals for #TeamBC
· Women - Maja Bonham (Vancouver) finals score 46.335 placing her 5th overall
· Men - Gavin Dodd (Kamloops) finals score 31.670 placed 8th.