Nani Vercruyssen
© Max Morse

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, Nov. 10, 2007— The USA surpassed expectations by winning a total of 17 medals at the World Age-Group Competition, Nov. 8-10, in Quebec City, Que., Canada.  Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy took gold in both 15-16 year-old girls trampoline and double mini-trampoline, a rare feat at the WAGC.  Vercruyssen is a three-time member of the World Age-Group Team, having competed in 2003 and 2005.


Also bringing home gold medals were: Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/All-American Gymnastics, 11-12 year-old girls’ trampoline; Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif./Gold Coast Gymnastics, 11-12 year-old girls’ tumbling; Kelsen Onigama of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy, 11-12 year-old boys’ double mini; Maurice Dunker of Rockford, Ill./Gymnastic Academy of Rockford, 13-14 year-old boys’ tumbling; and Ryan Walsh of Asheville, N.C./Olympia Gymnastics, 17-18 year-old boys’ double mini.


Walsh had the comeback story of the year after undergoing open-heart surgery in late May to repair a congenital defect. He recovered enough to compete in the Stars and Stripes Cup in September, where he earned a spot on his fourth World Age-Group Team. To win a gold medal was icing on the cake for the 17-year-old.


Bringing home silver medals were: Tristan VanNatta of Shelbyville, Ind./Ultra Stars Academy, 11-12 year-old girls’ double mini, Savannah Vinsant of Newton, Texas/Twist & Shout, and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Ultra Twisters, 13-14 year-old girls’ and boys’ trampoline, respectively; and Lisa VanOrden of Pocatello, Idaho/Joy’s Jym, and Aaron Cook of Detroit, Mich./All-World Gymnastics, 13-14 year-old girls’ and boys’ double mini, respectively.


Bronze medals were won by Mackenzie Kulka of Tulsa, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme, 11-12 year-old girls’ tumbling; Adam Bragg of Lake Forest, Calif./Sky Surfers Trampoline, 13-14 year-old boys’ trampoline; Sarah Gandy of Paris, Texas/Texas T&T Institute, 13-14 year-old girls’ double mini; Cook, 13-14 year-old boys’ tumbling; and Spencer Dupio of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy, 15-16 year-old boys’ double mini.


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