Gymnast Dick breaks into top 50
Marisa Dick, Trinidad and Tobago’s top female gymnast, is now ranked 50th in the world, the highest ever for a national athlete in the sport.
The achievement came during the 44th World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics, held from September 30 to October 6 in Antwerp, Belgium.
One hundred and forty seven participants from 59 countries attended the Championships.
Sixteen year-old Dick was competing in her first World Championships. She achieved an all around score of 49.232, which ranked her in 50th place in the world. The competition was very fierce, with scores going to the thousandth place to separate gymnasts. Marisa’s most outstanding performance of the night came on her best event, the balance beam, with a score of 12.733, which earned her 38th place. This was higher than notable London Olympians like American McKayla Marone, Great Britian’s Rebecca Tunney, Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz and Japan’s Asuka Teramoto.
According to Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) president Ricardo Lue Shue, Marisa’s performance in Antwerp means that T&T now has a legitimate contender for the 2016 Olympic Games, as well as the potential to make a final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 CAC Games and 2015 Pan Am Games.
Dick trains at Capital City Gymnastics Club in Edmonton, Canada, and is back at the gym with her Romanian coach, Ovidiu Serban, who is already planning to increase her difficulty on all four events: balance beam, vault, floor exercise and uneven bars. More difficulty means a higher all around start value. This will give Marisa the potential to score higher, which is needed to break into the top 30 in the world.
In 2012, as a junior, Marisa competed at the Pan American Apparatus Championships in Medellin, Colombia and placed 15th all around out of 35 gymnasts. She made it to the final on floor and vault and eventually placed seventh in both events.