Olympic Veteran Scott Morgan Hoping to Lead Canada to Glory
North Vancouver’s Scott Morgan is arguably the most recognisable name to represent Canada in the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships, which get underway on October 5 in Montreal. The event will be televised by CBC Sports as a number of the world’s greatest gymnasts come together to compete.
Morgan is joined by Zachary Clay, Jackson Payne, Kevin Lytwyn and the youthful Thierry Pellerin, who will be competing on the pommel horse. The Quebec-born athlete will be desperate to impress in front of a home crowd.
The team have been preparing for the competition at their training camp at the Institut National du Sport de Quebec and they are feeling confident ahead of the event.
Canada aren’t likely to be amongst the early favorites for the competition but can use home advantage to increase their chances. China are usually the nation to beat, with Japan and Russia also sending impressive-looking lineups to Montreal for this event.
The United States finished top of the medal table in last year’s event, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland.
For the women’s team, Shallon Olsen will be aiming to continue her upward trajectory. The two-time Olympian, who hails from Halifax, is fresh from success at the World University Games in Taipei after competing in the all-around and the uneven bars. She will also be hoping to lead her team, which also includes Rose Kayling and Brittany Rogers, to success.
Team director Dave Brubaker believes the women’s team has a “bright future” and can start thinking beyond this event. Ellie Black and Isabela Onyshko add plenty of experience to the ranks and the younger members can certainly learn from their wisdom and know-how.
William Hill are one of the top bookmakers for wagering on gynmastics and they are likely to offer betting-in-play on many of the team events.