Miranda Meyer

  • 2010 Senior Canadian National Team Member.
  • 2009 Senior Canadian National Beam Champion.
  • Member of the Champions Gymnastics Club, Edmonton, CANADA.
  • Past Member of the University of Iowa Gymnastics team.

Kristin Klarenbach

  • 2010 & 2011 Senior Canadian National Team Member.
  • 2009 Senior Canadian National Floor Champion.
  • Past Member of the University of Arizona Gymnastics Team.
  • Member of the Champions Gymnastics Club, Edmonton, CANADA.
  • 2010 Bronze Medalist (team)- Commonwealth Games, New Delhi.

Kristin Klarenbach & Miranda Meyer/ 09-10 Senior Canadian National Team Members

Edmonton, September 20, 2009

Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique has recently announced that both Miranda Meyer and Kristin Klarenbach have received the status of Senior Canadian National team Members as of July 1, 2009. Furthermore, both Miranda and Kristin are now federally Carded athletes, which means that they are supported financially for their training by the Canadian Government. “Valerie and I are very proud of both Kristin and Miranda for what they achieved through their incredible hard work, dedication and commitment to their gymnastics training program. They both achieved this status based on their performances and on their competitive results.
Kristin came out of a disappointing Junior year last year and has revived her entire gymnastics career with incredible progress on all events, culminating in a 2nd place finish in Preliminaries, a 6th place in the AA competition and an incredible four-event qualification to Finals at the recent National Championships, ending with two medals and the title of Senior National Floor Champion.
Miranda’s battle with OCD in both elbows has been well-documented and her unbelievable determination as she faced extremely severe pain in her right elbow at Nationals cannot be understated. Miranda’s mental strength allowed her to compete three days at National Championships and to medal on three different events. She was the most decorated female gymnast at these Nationals, where she also won the title of Senior National Beam Champion.

A Tradition of Excellence

Marleen Lavoie

 

Senior National Team Member; 1995 World Championships, Sabae (Japan) & 1995 Pan-American Games, Mar Del Plata (Argentina) 13th All-Around.; Represented Canada many times internationally. Marleen was coached by Valérie Oudin from 1987 to early 1997 and is recognized in canadian gymnastics as one of its most artistic gymnast ever.

Marleen started out doing gymnastics at her local club in St-Hubert (Québec) under Marie-Laure Mesnage. As Marleen progressed, and with her coach’s blessings, Marleen was directed to Valérie in Montréal, with whom she worked for over 10 years. Marleen was Canadian National Novice Champion on Bars and Beam and became one of very few Canadian gymnasts to win the title of National Champion on Beam as a Novice, Junior and Senior. Marleen was a carded athlete from 1993 to 1996 and National Team member from 1992 to 1996. Marleen was particularly dominant in Compulsory Exercises. Marleen “retired” from competitive gymnastics in early 1997; she now lives north of Montréal and is the proud mother of three children.

Natasha Hallett

 

Senior National Team Member; 1992 Canadian Olympic Team, Barcelona (Spain); 1990 Goodwill Games, Seattle (USA); 1988 Pacific Alliance, Chengdu (China); Represented Canada internationally many times between 1988 and 1992. She was coached by Valérie Oudin from 1985 to 1993.Natasha originated from Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she started her gymnastics career. Along with her mother Beverley, Natasha moved to Montréal in late 1985 to join Club Flipgym de Montréal.

Natasha was particularly known for the amazing amplitude of her Tkatchev on uneven Bars (see picture), which Tatiana Gutsu’s coach (1992 All-Around Olympic Champion) at that time called “the best I have ever seen” (1991-Hungary).

Natasha had one of the highest level of difficulty in her gymnastics during the 1988-1992 cycle: Double pike dismount off beam; Full-in on floor; Yurchenko-Layout full on vault; Tkatchev and Deltschev and Half-in Half-out on bars.After the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, she retired from gymnastics and went on to join Le Cirque du Soleil (1993). She started out as the “Red Bird” in MYSTERE (Las Vegas, USA), a part she played for many many years. Natasha then moved to Florida to join another show called “La Nouba”; but in early 2007, disaster struck as she suffered a catastrophic fall during a show. After months of therapy and dedication, Natasha was able to make a return to the show. After a few months on stage, she decided to retire from performing. Natasha is married and resides in Nashville, USA.

Amanda Gering

 

Junior National Team Member; 2002 Pacific Alliance Championships; In 2001, Amanda Gering ranked as one of the strongest members of the junior High Performance team, having finished 4th all-around at the Canadian championships. Prior to Nationals, Amanda Gering had taken first place all-around at Burlington’s Spring Cup competition. At that competition, she showed world class skills on most events, including: ON BARS: a piked Jaeger, Pak salto, and double front off bars; ON BEAM: a piked front somi mount, a switch side leap to straddle jump-1/2 and a double tuck off beam; ON FLOOR: and a double pike and 2-1/2 twist on floor. Prior to her victory at the Spring Cup, Amanda was no stranger to winning. In July of 2000, she had captured first place in the all-around at the International Children’s Games Millenium Festival in Hamilton – in a field containing several of the top Canadian national stream and High Performance junior gymnasts.

Amanda had made her debut at the Canadian Championships in 1999, finishing 10th all-around in the National Novice division, and in December of that year, she qualified to the Junior High Performance program at the Elite Canada competition in Montréal. At the Canadian Championships in May of 2000 (also in Montréal), Amanda finished 12th after struggling both days on the uneven bars, her strongest event. She ended the year 2000 with a 7th place finish at the Elite Canada competition in Winnipeg – earning the 4th highest all-around score on the second day of competition. In November of 2001, she had her first taste of international competition overseas at the Siska International in Slovenia. Competing as a member of Canada’s junior team, she finished 9th in the all-around competition in a field featuring gymnasts from Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, and Russia. Her strong work on the balance beam earned her a spot in the apparatus finals.

Less than a month later, Amanda made her Senior debut at the Elite Canada competition in Toronto. There, she finished 16th – a testament to the tremendous depth on the Canadian women’s team. In 2002, she also earned her a spot in the senior High Performance program. Amanda finished a career-high 7th All-Around at the 2003 Senior National Championships.Amanda was coached by Valérie Oudin from 1994 to 2003. Amanda also represented Canada at the 2002 Wild Rose International Invitational and at the 2003 Stella Zacharova Cup in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Past, the Present and The Future! From left to right: Brittany Ekstedt; Amy Callaghan; Miranda Meyer; Shaena Bunce; Tamar Smith; Natasha Hallett; Kristin Klarenbach; Amanda Gering;