First-year senior Audrey Rousseau of Canada told IG she is confident that she can deliver good performances at the world championships in Glasgow later this month.
"I'm really focused right now on my work and on this great opportunity that I have," said Rousseau, who trains under coaches Dany Gilbert and Nathalie Turner at Club Equilibrix in Sainte-Catherine, Quebec. "This competition will be a great experience on all points, and of course my first objective is to do the best I can to help the team to reach the objectives."
Audrey Rousseau (Canada)
Born November 23, 1999, in LaSalle, Quebec, Rousseau is transitioning from a promising junior career. Among her junior successes, she placed first all-around in the junior division at the 2013 Coupe Avenir (Future Cup) in Malmedy, Belgium; fifth all-around in the Junior Cup division at the 2014 International Gymnix meet in Montreal; and fourth all-around at the 2014 Canadian junior championships.
Earlier this year Rousseau placed third all-around, third on uneven bars and fifth on floor exercise at the Elite Canada meet; and 19th all-around and third with the Canadian team at the City of Jesolo Trophy meet in Italy. She competed on only two apparatuses – uneven bars and balance beam – at the Canadian senior championships in May.
As Rousseau and the rest of her Canadian teammates make final preparations for Glasgow, she said they are optimistic and united.
"The mood of the team is really great right now," said Rousseau, resides in La Prairie, Quebec. "I already did a competition with most of the girls this spring in Jesolo. We had a great time together and the team spirit is very amazing, and no matter what, we support each other."
Canada placed 12th at the 2014 worlds in Nanning, but Rousseau said the team has potential for similar or better results in Glasgow.
"We need of course stability and great execution, because every point is important, and no matter what happens we need to keep the focus," she said.
The top eight teams in Glasgow will earn automatic berths to next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Teams that place ninth through 16th in Glasgow will move on to an Olympic test event early next year, from which the top four teams will also advance to the Rio Games.
With team success a top priority in Glasgow, Rousseau also has a personal ambition.
"Honestly, my first goal is to do my routines the best way it's possible," she told IG. "And at the end of the competition I want to tell myself, 'Mission accomplished!'"
International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Canadian gymnasts includes:
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
"Canadian Beacon" – Ellie Black interview (September 2015)
"Canadian Promise" - Black chat and Robert Watson profile (July/August 2014)
"Canadian Diversity" - Black profile (July/August 2013)
Chat with Christine Peng-Peng Lee (April 2015)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)
Isabela Onyshko profile (July/August 2014)
Megan Roberts profile (April 2015)
"Canadian Diversity" - Hugh Smith profile (July/August 2013)
Aleeza Yu two-page photo spread (May 2014)
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