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Local gymnast wins Gold at National Championships

Franklin resident 17-year old Kiara Chan recently returned from the Jr. Olympic Level 9 Eastern
Championship where she brought home the gold medal in Vault with a score of 9.50. The Level 9 Eastern and Western National Championships are the competitive season's culmination event and
bring together the best gymnasts in the country for Level 9. The Level 9 Eastern Championship was held in Battle Creek, Michigan, on May 2 – 5, 2013. (The Western Championship was also held at the same time in Roseville, California.) This marked the end of a successful competition season for Kiara which began with qualifying for Sectionals. At Sectionals, she qualified to the Massachusetts State Championships where she placed first on Vault and second in the All- Around and qualified to the Regional Championships. At the Regional Championships (states of MA, NY, CT, RI, NH, VT) she placed first on Vault and first on Balance Beam and qualified to the Eastern Championships (all 26 states east of the Mississippi River) where she placed first on Vault with a front handspring-front
tuck vault. Kiara is a senior at Franklin High School and has been part of Quigg’s Gymnastics
in Bellingham since she was 2.5 years old. She currently trains 17 hours per week and is coached by Rodica Marcov and Michelle Hopping. She is also supported by her two sisters 11-year old Caylee (Level 6) and 13-year old Elana (Level 7).