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Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships will feature many of world’s best

One of gymnastics’ premier international events, the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, will take place at the Richmond Olympic Oval from April 9 to 12.

The championships will feature some of the world’s best artistic, trampoline and rhythmic gymnasts—including Canadians who have risen to new and impressive heights.

At the 2012 Olympics, Ontario’s Rosannah Maclennan won gold in trampoline; Canada’s only gold medal of the Games. At the same time, Canada’s women’s artistic gymnastics team, including Coquitlam’s Brittany Rogers,finished a best-ever fifth.

In 2013, North Vancouver’s Scott Morgan became the first Canadian man to qualify for a world championships’ event final since Kyle Shewfelt in 2006. Ontario’s Victoria Moors made headlines as she successfully completed a new move that is named after her and required a new level of difficulty to be added to the code of points.

“Gymnastics in Canada is experiencing remarkable increases in participation at all levels and unprecedented international success,” said Brian Forrester, Gymnastics BC’s CEO. “Hosting this major international competition in B.C., in an Olympic legacy venue and in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics is a great opportunity for our members and the province.”

The Pacific Rim Championships (Pacific Alliance Championships until 2008) were last held in Canada in 2002 inBurnaby. Recent hosts include San Jose in 2008; Melbourne in 2010; and Everett in 2012. At the past four Summer Olympics, Pacific Rim countries have combined for a total of 101 gymnastics Olympic medals including 37 gold.

More information at pacificrimchamps.com.

To volunteer, visit http://tinyurl.com/PacRimVolunteer or to purchase tickets visit pacificrimchamps.eventbrite.ca.

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