10 minutes with: Isabela Onyshko (CAN)


Full Twist contributor Anna Rose Johnson recently caught up with Canada’s Isabela Onyshko to discuss her training, the Commonwealth Games, and a typical day in her life.

Isabela Onyshko is the reigning Canadian Championships all-around silver medalist. She trains at Brandon Eagles Gymnastics Centre with her coach Lorie Henderson, and in March she won the bronze medal on floor exercise at the 2014 Doha World Challenger Cup. In June, Isabela was named to the Canadian team that is heading to the Commonwealth Games, which begin July 24th.

FT: How has your training been going?

IO: My training has been not bad.  I am continuing with routines and trying to avoid significant injury and over training. Usually during this time of the year, I am learning new skills, not preparing for competition. As a result, practices feel a bit different.

FT: What are your goals for the Commonwealth Games and beyond?

IO: My goals for the Commonwealth Games are to make event finals in the events that I compete. However, these events are yet to be determined. In addition, I am aiming to make all-around finals if I compete in all four events. My goals for the future include making the 2014 Canadian World Championships Team and the Canadian Olympic Team for Rio 2016.

FT: Are you working on any more upgrades for this year?

IO: Yes, I am working on a couple of upgrades for the upcoming year. However, my coaches and I do not plan to include them until around February 2015. On vault, I am working on a yurchenko double, on floor a double-double, on beam a back handspring back handspring layout full, and on bars combining my pak to my maloney half.

FT: What’s a typical day like for you?

IO: My typical day differs depending on the time of year. During the school year I train in the morning from 6:55 am to 9:45 am. During this time I do strength training. I then go to school from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. After, I train in the evening for 3:00 pm to 7:15 pm. During this time I do event training. Saturday training is from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  In the summer, I do strength training from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. I then get an hour-long break. After my break, I do event training from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. I train these summer hours whenever I am at my own gym. However, this summer my training hours have really been chaotic because of all of the training camps and competitions that are happening.

FT: What is your favorite apparatus?

IO: My favorite apparatus is either bars or beam. It depends on the day.

FT: What are some of your favorite memories from competition?

IO: Some of my favorite moments in competition include my beam routine during event finals at the 2014 Canadian National Championships. The routine was aggressive and after I got off of the beam I felt proud of my performance. I also really enjoyed competing floor with my Team Canada teammates at the 2013 Massilia Cup in Marseille, France. I felt like I was really part of a team and it was a very fun and exciting experience.  Another one of my favorite moments in competition was competing floor in Doha at the World Cup event. It was my first World Cup final and full of excitement.

FT: If you were going to change anything about the sport, what would it be?

IO: If I were to change anything about gymnastics I would change the rule on floor that only allows you to stand on two feet in the corner for one second. This rule makes floor routines really hard to choreograph and execute.

Many thanks to Isabela for taking the time to chat with Full Twist!

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