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Olympic-level Coach helps local gymnasts
Todd Sader, Head Coach of CR Gymnastics, invited Olympic level coach Kelly Manjak and one of his new athletes, Silvia Colussi-Pelaez , to run a coaching and training clinic for our athletes. Kelly coached Canada’s Kyle Shewfelt to Olympic Gold on the floor exercise at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also just came home from the Pacific Rim competition in the U.S. where one of his athletes, Christine Lee came home 3rd in the all-around competition beating the world champion on the beam for a silver medal and brought home another silver medal on the floor exercise.
The clinic was a huge success with almost 40 kids participating over the weekend. We also had 15 coaches taking part in the clinic with everyone having a great experience. Kelly is a very approachable coach with a very positive attitude. Silvia showed some of her high level gymnastics (a couple of release moves on the uneven bars with a double layout dismount) and some nice beam and floor work. Silvia went to World Championships representing Spain as she has dual citizenship. Just to see Silvia in our gym going through basics and high level gymnastics made it real for our athletes. The motivation and inspiration that our athletes received from their visit was tremendous as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming Provincial Championships.
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