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Canada's Mackie, Rogers Refocus on Worlds
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Following shortened performances at the recent Canadian Championships, first-year seniors Charlotte Mackie and Brittany Rogers say they are refocusing on this fall's world championships.

Brittany Rogers (Canada)
The British Columbians had been expected to challenge for the senior all-around title at the Canadian Championships, held in early June in Hamilton, Ont. Mackie competed three events only, while an injury forced Rogers to scratch just prior to the competition.

Rogers, who turned 16 on June 8, was a national title favorite after winning the all-around, vault and balance beam titles at Elite Canada in December. A last-minute rib injury sidelined her in Hamilton, however.

"I popped my rib out a few times in warm up, which caused all the muscles to spasm around that area," Rogers told IG.

Rogers, who trains at Omega Gymnastics in Coquitlam, is still sidelined with the injury.

"Expected recovery time for now is unknown, but it's already feeling better, which hopefully means I won't be off for much longer and get right back on track for Worlds!" Rogers said.

Mackie, who trains at Surrey Gymnastics with coach David Kenwright, did not compete uneven bars in Hamilton. She qualified to the finals on the other three events, finishing third on vault and balance beam, and fifth on floor exercise.

"My bars just weren't ready," said Mackie, whose older sister, Gael Mackie, was a 2004 Olympian. "David and I wanted to hold off on bars until everything was ready and perfected, and shown to the best of my abilities."

Mackie turns 16 on Oct. 6, shortly before the 2009 World Championships begin in London.

Charlotte Mackie (Canada)
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ayres said:

Nice pictures!
June 15, 2009
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