Ryan Sheehan, Callum Sundquist, and Mark Armstrong of Alberta, as well as Langley’s own Connar Tomalty, won silver in the double mini-trampoline competitions at the Pan Am championships in Peru this week. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Silver medal at Pan Ams opens up door for young Langley trampolinist

Being in Peru this past week was goal one for Connar Tomalty. Next up is a stunt career for film.

Gymnast Connar Tomalty originally planned to quit competing after he broke his leg in a provincial competition in 2014.

He thought his pursuits with the double mini-trampoline (DMT) team were over after a compound fracture required a metal rod to be inserted in his leg.

“But I made it a goal to compete on an international level and came back in 2015 to achieve that.”

Well, that’s what the 25-year-old Langley man did this past weekend in Peru.

Tomalty, who trains out of Flip City Gymnastics, was one of four on the men’s DMT team who earned a silver at the Pan American Championships held in Lima on Saturday.

Team Canada’s trampoline gymnasts earned a total of nine medals, including the one shared by Tomalty and his three Albertan team members (Mark Armstrong of Red Deer, Callum Sundquist of Sherwood Park, and Ryan Sheehan of Grande Prairie).

Saturday night, both the men’s and women’s DMT teams landed on the podium, leaving Tomalty feeling proud and content.

“I believe as a country we did pretty well, we had multiple medals in some different categories,” said Tomalty, who took up gymnastics in 2007 and has been part of Team Canada for the past two years

The silver medal was for a collective score of his team, “and although we didn’t get gold, I’m happy with how the entire team did all together,” he added the morning after returning home, and more than a little tired due to jetlag.

“We are so proud of him and all his accomplishments,” said his mother, Lorraine Tomalty.

“He has worked hard to get on Team Canada for double mini. We are so grateful to Rusty (Pierce) his coach who has been there the 12 years he’s been training.”

Tomalty agrees. Pierce has been his mentor for years, inspiring him to pursue his gymnastic goals. For all that, the young prodigy expressed his gratitude.

“As a coach, he has had so much experience in this sport. [He’s] one of the most knowledgeable in this country in gymnastics, and it shows as he has brought multiple athletes to international level competitions over the years,” Tomalty said.

Next up for many of these athletes are the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia from Nov. 7 to 11.

Plus there’s another international meet, which Tomalty compared to a world cup, coming up in Portugal.

“But, I am not planning on going to it,” he said, noting “I believe I had reached my goals. I wanted to compete on the international level on the Canadian team and I have finally achieved that.”

In preparing for last week’s competition in Peru, Tomalty was training an average of three times a week, but said shin splints have forced him to cut back.

Now, Tomalty said, he might very well begin refocusing on his next goal – his quest for a career in film.

“I would love to transfer my gymnastics skills into stunts in the future, as B.C. is huge for filming TV shows and movies,” he said.

“I really enjoy being active and I believe it would be an awesome career.”

RECENT COVERAGE: Langley trampoline gymnast off to Peru for world qualifiers

Just Posted

Suspected spill kills hundreds of crayfish, coho in Langley river

A fish kill in the Nicomekl has a biologist concerned for the health of the local ecosystem.

Rams harvest sweet victory in win over Huskers

The Chilliwack team found itself pushed back again and again.

WATCH: Cops for Cancer bring message of hope to Langley school

Young cancer survivors are traveling with the fundraising bike ride.

Driver of pickup stolen from Langley crashes into car in Abbotsford

No serious injuries in collision on Monday night

VIDEO: Fort Langley paying homage to Vaughan

Russell Marsland and Lovestruck bring a tribute concert to the Chief Sepass Theatre on Saturday.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Aldergrove soccer forward enjoys scoring spree

UFV Cascades’ Jhaj named Canada West second star of the week

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for shelter and local municipal election

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Most Read