de gymnastiques Les Sittelles hosted the first ever Brian
Leblanc Cup on the weekend in honour of the the long-time
coach who recently retired after spending more than 40 years
in the sport.
Sittelles member Maeve Dixon leaps in midair during
her balance beam routine at the Brian Leblanc Cup on
Saturday, May11. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
was actually a favour by Les Sittelles owner Jocelyne Legault
for the GCGC Gymnastics Club which closed at the end of
February. Leblanc was a coach at GCGC for most of his career.
250 gymnasts, age seven to 18, took part in the meet from
eight different clubs.
gym won a number of medals including several of the gold
variety. Jasmine McIntyre won the Level 8, 14 -and over
division and Elia Lecour took home the gold medal in the
Level 6, 12-year-old division.
Gabrielle Bonneville (1st), Janique Boulet (2nd) and Caitlyn
Ross (3rd) swept the medals in the Level 7, 14 and over
division. The feat was repeated by �milie Valli�res (1st),
Sara St-Onge (2nd) and M�lanie Lalonde 3rd in the Level
6, 12-year-old as group, as well as Caroline Champagne (1st),
Melissa Vallee (2nd) and Julia Hajjar (3rd) in the Level
6, 16 and over division.
Ray-Simard and Laureanne Rollin finished 1-2 in the Level
4, nine-year-old age group and Celina Lavoie and Maya Ouellet
each won a gold medal at Level 5.
Markhauser came in first place in the Level 2, 10-year-old
age group and Olga Gorodnichy placed second in the Level
1, seven-year-old division.
3, Gabrielle Barrientos and Lily Benoit finished 1-2 in
the eight-year-old age group and Alyssa Stolz and Gabriella
Murphy repeated the feat in the nine-year-old group.
GCGC closed in February, Les Sittelles absorbed a number
of the club's orphaned members. Legault organized the meet
as a way to welcome to their new club and honour a highly
respected fellow coach.
was honoured for his 40-plus years coaching gymnastics as
the guest of honour during the opening ceremonies. The celebration
brought together former gymnasts from all over the region
but also gymnasts from the current clubs, some of whom for
whom this is the first competition.
of Leblanc's former athletes were in attendance to pay tribute
to their former mentor and to say thank you. Many of them
have followed in Leblanc's footsteps and are now coaching
their own athletes.
Gymnastics Club was located in Canotek Park. The club, which
was founded 44 years ago, was forced to close on Feb. 28
due to dwindling enrollment. In a message announcing the
closing, the owners paid tribute to Leblanc.
always had the best advice, on matters both in and out of
the gym. His work ethic was unsurpassed, and if you ever
had the privilege of watching him coach, you saw that he
gave the same focus and attention to every athlete he coached.�
made sure that all GCGC athletes felt they were special
and that they could do anything they put their minds to."
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