Brent Ertman, 15, a top-ranked local area gymnast continues to train and climb the ranks within his sport.
Ertman was voted as Prince Albert’s Best Male Athlete for paNOW’s Best of the Best 2014.
Last summer Ertman competed in his first national competition and placed fifth at Canada Cup in Calgary.
Ertman has been competing in gymnastics and doing trampoline and tumbling for the last five years. He said he remembers his love for the sport began at home while watching the 2008 Olympics in Beijing on television.
“I just got really interested and involved with it so my mom decided to sign me up for some rec programs,” said Ertman. “So after that I just loved coming and I loved doing gymnastics and I just fell in love with the sport,” he said.
Ertman is currently ranked third in the province in aerial gymnastics. He said what he loves most about competing in the sport is having goals he can set and meet. He also said he loves the travelling opportunities. So far this year Ertman has travelled to Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary and next year he looks forward to travelling to Finland.
Ertman along with three other Prince Albert Aerials, Connor Pritchard, Amanda McHarg and Jenn Luchia, will travel to Helsinki Finland next July and perform at the 15th World Gymnaestrada with their 70-member team, Team Sask Gymnaestrada.
Gymnaestrada is a non-competitive event that displays every level and discipline of gymnastics through large group performances. Just recently in June Ertman and his teammates performed at the closing ceremonies at the Canadian Gymnaestrada in Calgary.
Currently Ertman trains with Prince Albert’s Best Coach Kara Thorpe. Ertman was training with Thorpe on two days on one day off intervals plus he was running and conditioning at home while he was training for a national competition.
“Kara is an awesome coach she is has coached me ever since I came into gymnastics and she is the reason why I am here going to national competitions,” Ertman said.
“She really takes the time to focus on every athlete.”
Ertman said he doesn’t really get nervous before major competitions, he said he just tries to have fun.
“Win or lose it’s fun, I enjoy it,” he said.
“I just want to compete my hardest and try my hardest and just see where it goes,” he said.
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