Tupper reaches for upper echelon of Canadian gymnastics
Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 06:00 am
Canmore gymnast Ivy Tupper has taken the next leap in her gymnastics career and earned an invitation to attend an elite high performance meet in February.
Tupper, 12, won bronze on beam and was fifth overall in her Gymnastics Canada high performance qualifier on Dec. 10 in Vancouver. Tupper was also awarded an artistic performance award for her choreography.
The Canmorite needed to score 44.5 points to earn high performance consideration – she blew that out of the water with a 50.6 point performance.
“To be honest, we didn’t know what we were up against. We went to British Columbia and we were not familiar with the kids and the clubs. This was above and beyond our expectations,” said coach Ashley Sportun.
The result means she will compete at a national, invite-only high performance meet the first week of Februray in Halifax. If she lands in the top 24, she will qualify for national team programs, trips and training camps.
“If she reaches the top 24, she will get an automatic bye into nationals, and she will compete in the high performance novice category. National team coaches could select her for training camps and international experience trips as well,” Sportun said.
In order to reach that level, Tupper is training 20.5 hours a week, plus spending extra gym time in Calgary on weekends when space becomes available. Sportun said Tupper loves to train, and the two have a great relationship. The coach is careful not to put pressure on Tupper, and wants to keep things fun.
“Ivy doesn’t get flustered. She gets nervous like everybody does, but she is able to shrug it off, which helps her. She’s also always dancing at competition. While others are standing like a statue, she’s busting a move. That keeps her relaxed,” Sportun said.
“She’s also a gym rat. She loves helping out the club and organizing events.”
Tupper is the first Canmore Illusions gymnast to reach this level in the sport.
“As long as she stays happy and healthy, she will do well,” Sportun said.