Getting a grip on a balancing act

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by Courtney Merchand on February 12, 2014

Sophie Shaver shows them how a floor routine is done at last year's meet. Before an unexpected knee injury, Shaver's chances of re-qualifying this year were looking good.     Photo courtesy Tara Shaver

Sophie Shaver shows them how a floor routine is done at last year’s meet. Before an unexpected knee injury, Shaver’s chances of re-qualifying this year were looking good.      Photo courtesy Tara Shaver

She was the poster girl for the 2014 Elite Canada gymnastics competition.

Last year, at age 11, Chelsea’s Sophie Shaver made the national high performance list. Only 20 of the country’s top athletes between 11 and 13 years of age can qualify for the novice category, buying them a ticket straight to the national championships.

Where most gymnasts rank on the high performance list in their second or third year of eligibility, Shaver was one of only four 11-year-olds who qualified last year.

But just because she made the top 20 in 2013 didn’t mean she was guaranteed a spot this year. Shaver had to re-qualify at Elite Canada, a national competition held annually.

According to her mother, Tara Shaver, the chances were pretty good for her to re-qualify.

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