Local athlete Kalena Soehn, 19, of Red Deer, AB qualified first in the trampoline event in the morning qualifiers, earning a spot in the finals thanks to a performance judged at 96. 11 points. Teammate Alex Boucher of Calgary had the fifth-best qualifying score of 90.725 points, but only one athlete per province can advance to the main final. Boucher competed in the B Finals.

In the final, Soehn was the last to compete, and she didn’t disappoint. She beautifully executed her routine, scoring 51.170 points for the gold medal.

Soehn is the 2017 Canadian National Champion in the event. She has been competing on the Junior National Team since 2014.

At the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Soehn finished in third place winning the bronze medal. Today, she upgraded to the gold medal.

“I’m still shaking a little bit. The place was buzzing, and it was amazing. I felt very good up there. I’ve definitely grown a lot since 2015. In those four years, I have been able to get better, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to show that off here in Red Deer,” said Soehn after the competition.

In the men’s event, Zachary Blakely, 19, of Red Deer, AB qualified the main finals by posting the third-best score at 98.840 points. He posted the best free routine score of qualifiers, jumping from sixth to third in the qualifiers.

“It was the most fun experience in my life. Normally I am pretty anxious about competing. Here, I had so many people that I knew. Looking at the crowd, I couldn’t find an area in the crowd of people I didn’t know. I told myself to go for it, doing my best and have lots of fun,” Zach Blakely after the competition.

There will be more trampoline competition, with the team mix event taking place tomorrow and the men and women taking place on Thursday.