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Local trampoline athletes make waves on Canada scene

Five of Kelowna's national level trampoline and tumbling athletes travelled to Quebec this past week to take part in Elite Canada, an event used to rank Canada's top athletes in the sport.

The athletes were not divided into levels or age categories. All athletes at the competition competed against each other, whether they were senior, youth, open or novice.

And Kelowna athletes served notice they are on the radar of the national team.

The Kelowna Athletes that attended this year’s competition were Luke Friesen, Curtis Gerein, Trevor Stirling, Samantha Smith and Kyle Clemmer.

Fifty seven men competed on the individual trampoline event. Curtis Gerein finished in fifth, while teammate Trevor Stirling finished in sixteenth.

Gerein earned the gold medal in the synchronized trampoline event with his partner Sebastien St-Germain from Quebec.

Fifty seven women competed in the individual trampoline event. Samantha Smith was in third place after preliminaries, just behind Olympians Karen Cockburn and Rosie MacLennan, but did not have a great finals routine which resulted in eleventh place.

Thirty one men competed in the Double Mini Trampoline event. Luke Friesen took the top spot and the gold medal for the second year in a row, defending his 2010 title. Curtis Gerein finished with a fifth place.

Kyle Clemmer, new to Kelowna, and one of Canada’s top tumblers, injured his ankle during warm up and was unable to showcase his talent.

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