Two Kingston, Ont. gymnasts off to eastern Canadian championships

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WATCH: Stella Lakins and Charlee Sage of the Trillium Gymnastics Club are off to the Eastern Canada Gymnastics and Trampoline Championships – May 11, 2023

Sherbrooke, Que., is hosting the 2023 Eastern Canada Gymnastics and Trampoline Championships this weekend.

The event features the top youth gymnasts from Ontario and provinces to the east, and Kingston’s Trillium Gymnastics Club is sending two of its members.

Stella Lakins and Charlee Sage say they have been members of Trillium for as long as they can remember.

“I’ve been with my coaches now since I was eight, so I’ve been with them for a while,” Lakins said. “That’s really nice because they’ve helped me a lot through mental blocks and stuff and that’s good because they’ve been really comforting to me.”

Over that time, the athletes have been able to hone their skills to the point they will now be representing all of Ontario at this weekend’s Eastern Canada championships.

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“I put in a lot of work,” Sage said. “We train 16 hours a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Some days are four and a half hour practices.”

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“I think it’s really fun because we’ve put in all the hard work and it’s good to show it,” Lakins said.

“You learn a lot from competing and the different life lessons that you can use throughout your life and I think it’s really fun to be with your teammates and cheer them on.”

The pair will be competing in four events: vault, bars, beam and floor, and their coach says they’re ready for the task.

“Both these girls represent a very strong work ethic; very consistent training habits. So they both come to the gym every day and try to do their personal bests,” coach Shelley Lee said.

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This is the first time either competitor has made it to such a high level, which Lee believes will only further their development.

“It’s very much an individual sport. So with this, they also get to be a part of a team. The team part of it is a very important aspect. They’ll get new experiences, meet new gymnasts and new coaches,” Lee said.

The event wraps up on Sunday.

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