Lauryn Roy heading for 1st in Ontario . . .

Double 1st-Overall medal winner Lauryn Roy poses with her 7-year-old sister Paige on Monday morning. Lauryn won her second consecutive gymnastics meet on Sunday morning at Nepean. Paige will begin competing next season . . . 


Sunday, Apr. 15th - South Dundas’ Lauryn Roy is rushing headlong for a provincial gymnastics championship after scoring the highest marks registered in the province by a Level 5/11-year old at the Corona Club’s competitive meet in Ottawa (Nepean) on Saturday morning. 

        The Corona Jesters, Lauryn’s home club, hosted the second of three qualifying meets this weekend. All gymnasts qualifying as competitors must take part in at least two competitions during the season to be recognized. After all was said and done the young South Dundas athlete from Iroquois not only owned the top score in the province in her level/age group, she was awarded a “Special Judges Award” for her routine on the beam. And better still, she scored the 1st-Overall Award again!!! 

        It is fair to mention Lauryn Roy is 10-years-old. She will not celebrate her 11th birthday until December.

        Early in February Lauryn stole the show at the first meet of the season at Tumbler’s Gym in Orleans. Lauryn’s Corona Club was well served in this meet when their top Level 5 competitor scored a 1st-place on the vault, a 2nd-place on the bars, a 1st-place on the beam and a 1st-place on the floor. Her combined score of 36.850 gave Lauryn 1st-place Overall at that meet. It was her first time receiving a 1st-place Overall medal, following which she beamed “I was feeling pretty cool.”

        Lauryn’s not only repeated the feat at this weekend’s meet, she upped her personal best score. This time around, more comfortable at her home club, Lauryn Roy again commanded the judges attention through her four performances. She nailed 1st-place on the vault with a 9.25 score; then grabbed 2nd-place on the beam with a heady 9.4 mark. Roy unleashed her competitive prowess when she raised her score to 9.45 and another 1st-place on the bars, followed by her top score of the meet, when she stunned the competition with a 9.7 mark on her 1st-place floor routine. 

Lauryn Roy looks straight in the camera as comfortably as she looks straight at the competition, capable of conquering either . . .
Lauryn Roy looks straight in the camera as comfortably as she looks straight at the competition, capable of conquering either . . .

        Lauryn not only managed to raise the bar on her personal best, she walked away with her second consecutive 1st-Overall medals. And this time around too, our own Lauryn Roy set the bench-mark to beat in Ontario with the top ‘overall score’ registered by anyone this season.

        Currently, Lauryn Roy leads all Level 5/11-year-old competitors in Ontario with her combined standing of 37.800. That being said, various clubs in the province still have meet dates from which a combined score could be registered to challenge this South Dundas gymnast. The provincial championship awards handed out at the provincial championships held in London in June. Lauryn will definitely qualify to compete.  And she says her intent is to compete in two weeks at the Trillium Gym in Kingston, Ontario, in the final meet of the season, where she hopes to “do pretty good.”

        “It was great being in our own club,” Lauryn said on Monday morning, just home after she and her Mom, Sarah, spent the night securely out of the ice storm at an Ottawa hotel. “It was fun but for some reason the bars felt different.”

        “I hope I do good at Kingston,” she says, while her younger sister, Paige, who will be competing next season, hand-walks by just in case a certain photographer would like an extra photo of a budding star. Lauryn patiently smiles and adds, “That would be fun.”

        South Dundas’ young athletic competitors have been impressive over the past year or so. The likes of Morgan Hummell (rugby), Brody Fairbairn and Gabe Baker (football), Rory Gilmour (hockey), the Williamsburg Midget baseball team, and Cooper McCooeye (basketball) among others, have left the community’s mark on a few playing surfaces away from home. And although she’s much younger, Lauryn Roy is on the precipice of joining this group.