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National title for Conestogo gymnast

Gymnasts Sydney Townsend was in Regina, Saskatchewan two weeks ago challenging 1,000 other gymnasts as she competed at the 2012 Canadian National Gymnastics Championships.

After her first day, Townsend was sitting tied for second after falling on bars. Never one to give up she managed to overcome her first-day fault and the 12-year-old from Conestogo brought home three gold medals including the All Around competition, earning her the title of 2012 Canadian National All-Around Champion.

Townsend also went on to win gold for her floor exercise, making her the 2012 Canadian National Floor Champion.

As part of the competition Townsend competed as one of a six member team representing Ontario in the team competition between provinces where Ontario won the gold medal.  Ontario managed to best the British Columbia silver medalists by seven points and bronze medalists, Quebec, by 13 points.

Townsend said her goal now is to be added to the Canadian National team and to represent Canada internationally.

The Canadian championships were the last competition of the gymnastic season.  When competitions start again in the fall, Townsend will be competing in the Junior National category for girls between the ages 13 and 15.

Townsend trains at Revolution Gymnastics Club in Waterloo.

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