Fredericton area gymnast, Campbell Bryden of Kingswood Gymnastics, won gold on Rings in the Men’s National Open category this past weekend at the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa, ON.
Qualifying in second place from Friday evening’s Team / All-Around competition, Bryden performed his routine, with the highest difficulty of all finalists on the event, during Saturday’s Event Finals competition to win the national title against competitors from Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island / New Brunswick. Teammate Blaise Roberts finished in 6th place on the event. Bryden’s younger brother, Tyler, also competed in the Event Finals competition on Parallel Bars, tying for 5th place. Along with Kingswood teammate Caleb Darrow, the four gymnasts competed on Team Confederation, a combined team of gymnasts from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, to finish 4th in the Team Competition ahead of teams from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Kaitie Shea, also from Kingswood Gymnastics, placed 7th in the Women’s National Open (13-15 years) on Vault and finished 16th in the All-Around standings. This being her first National Championships, Shea commented that, “It was an eye-opening experience. It definitely motivated me; just seeing people performing more difficult skills made me want to be there, at that level, some day.” Chelsea Wilson, from Moncton’s Beausejour Gymnos, finished 31st in the Women’s National Open (16+ years) All-Around Finals.