Morgan earns spot on Winter Games team

Hillary Morgan led a strong contingent of local trampolinists at a meet here Sunday, recording the top score of 54.3 to claim one of four spots on the regional team for the Ontario Winter Games in Sault Ste. Marie in March.
Joining her on the Northwest team are Kristina O’Brien of Sioux Lookout (50.4), Suzie Hamilton of Thunder Bay (50.8), and Joey Cantanzaro of Thunder Bay (50.2).
Tracy Kay of Sioux Lookout, who finished with a score of 47.6, is the team’s alternate.
“I think we did well,” meet organizer Betty Grynol enthused afterwards. “Hillary did excellent. Hillary was clean [in her routine]. Her compulsory routine was perfect, it was very crisp.
“She definitely has national talent and potential,” Grynol added.
Also having a possible future at the national level, Grynol said, is Travis Hahkala. The talented nine-year-old finished with a 51.3 score but is not old enough to qualify for the Winter Games.
Meanwhile, five out of the six local trampolinists qualified for the provincial meet April 8-9 in Etobicoke, including Tasheena Spoon, who topped the Prov. 1 division with a score of 45.7.
Teammate Laura Chabot was second (43.2).
In the Prov. 2 competition, Morgan’s score gave her first place, with Kaela Hahkala taking fifth (45.2). And Jill Howarth finished first in the regional level with a score of 30.0.
Adam Cumming was third in the Prov. 2 men’s division (26.4), and also placed second in the double-mini trampoline.
Those who did not finish with a qualifying score here will get another chance to do so at a meet in Thunder Bay in February.
The Fort Frances club also is looking at attending a meet in Minneapolis.
The competition here Sunday, which attracted 15 trampolinists from across Northwestern Ontario, also played host to novice national athlete Bobbi-Lee Anderson, 17, who finished with a 52.8 score.
An instructional clinic was held here Saturday.
“The clinic and the training camp was just excellent,” said Grynol. “All the people from out of town said they learned so much, learning tricks and different styles.”