Canadian gymnastics in trouble?

Up-and-coming Canadian junior Charlotte Mackie has changed gyms, migrating to Surrey Gymnastics in British Columbia.

Up-and-coming Canadian junior Charlotte Mackie has changed gyms, migrating to Surrey Gymnastics in British Columbia.

Rick at Gymnastics Coaching is not optimistic about the state of his country’s team.

I don’t have a good feeling about this quadrennial for the Canadian team. We still have not named a new National Coach. A training camp scheduled for Vancouver was cancelled.

He has reasons to worry. National coach Carol-Angela Orchard emigrated across the pond to marry a Brit, leaving her protege Peng-Peng Lee without much of a program.

New senior Brittany Rogers bombed at the American Cup last weekend, finishing ninth out of 10 competitors.

Junior sensation Charlotte Mackie, sister of 2004 Canadian Olympian Gael Mackie, has reportedly transferred gyms. She trained with Rogers at Omega Gymnastics and has now gone to train with David Kenwright at Surrey Gymnastics in British Columbia. This might be in part due to her decidedly lackluster performance at Elite Canada in December, where she failed to finish higher than third on any event.

And of course, promising junior Taylor Lindsay-Noel was paralyzed in training while the Olympic Games were going on. Lindsay-Noel’s mother, Rowena Lindsay, publicly decried the fact that Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique, remained completely silent in the wake of the injury before sports columnists raised an outcry.

That’s certainly enough to worry any gymnastics fan.

(via Gymnastics Coaching)

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