MSS gymnastics represents Manitoulin at provincials

Mackenzie Cortes of Manitoulin Secondary School received two silver medals at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations gymnastics championships in Belleville.

SUDBURY—The Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) gymnastics team represented Manitoulin strongly this week at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) competition in Belleville.

Mackenzie Cortes won the silver on level 3 uneven bars with a score of 9.05, a second silver on level 3 beam with a score of 9.4 and placed fourth on level 3 vault with a score of 9.375. The MSS Novice Aerobics Team was scheduled to compete yesterday, Tuesday, April 7.

The MSS gymnastics team competed at the Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics (NOSSA) championship in Sudbury earlier this month and came away with some strong showings, earning many of them a spot at OFSAA. Amid 130 athletes from 12 different schools at NOSSA, the Manitoulin Mustangs made their mark.

In level 1, Summer Beaudin placed 8th on vault, 10th on bars, 10th on floor, and 7th overall. Morgan Wall just fell short of top 10 on beam, placing 11th.

In level 2, Kendra Jordison and Zabrina Cosby performed with poise and grace, representing MSS well.

In level 3, Mackenzie Cortes placed 1st on vault, 6th on bars, 3rd on beam (qualifying her for OFSAA on all three events), and 2nd overall.

Captain Yohana Ogbamichael placed 9th on beam and 7th on floor, while Roxy Rojas Brizuela rounded out the competition with a strong showing on floor.

The Novice Aerobic Gymnastics Team of Summer, Mackenzie, Zabrina and Kendra placed third in their division, qualifying them for OFSAA. 

The Open Aerobic Gymnastics Team of Eden Beaudin, Jill Cooper, Alyssa Green, Yohana, and Roxy, who won OFSAA gold last year, competed in a tougher category this year and failed to qualify for OFSAA by just 0.1 points.

“The field was extremely strong, and though this was a heartbreaking result, the athletes should be proud of their performance,” said Coach Heather Theijsmeijer.

Donnshai Bruleigh, who was unable to compete due to a recent injury, managed the team throughout the competition, helping keep everyone organized.

“Both fellow coach Jill Ferguson and I are extremely proud of how our athletes competed,” said Ms. Theijsmeijer of the team’s performance at NOSSA. “Every one of them overcame obstacles to get to this point and perform as well as they did, and they represented Manitoulin Secondary with pride.”

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