Though her team finished fourth at the recent NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, this was a season Dominique Pegg of the University of Alabama would like to put in the rearview mirror.
Plagued by a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a calf injury, the Sarnia Bluewater Gymnastics Club alumnus competed only sporadically during her sophomore season. Her best score was a 9.850 on the vault in an event at the University of Georgia in late February.
“I’m pretty much healed up now,” said the diminutive St. Christopher Secondary grad. “I’ll start training again in the summer and see how it goes.”
But, she’ll be careful not to do too much.
“We have back-to-back competitions almost every weekend once we’re in-season, so you try not to wear yourself out by doing too much when you’re off. I’ll just keep moving and try to stay in shape,” she said.
Pegg competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where an outstanding performance helped propel Canada’s gymnastics team to a fifth place finish.
Alabama is losing four seniors, yet despite some new faces Pegg expects the Crimson Tide to be among the elite teams again this coming season.
“Our team is looking good. I’m excited,” she said.
Before returning to Alabama for some summer studying, the 21-year-old stopped by the Bluewater Gymnastics location to get a glimpse of some of the stars of tomorrow.
“I was once just like them,” said Pegg. “It’s awesome to come back and see their drive and how much they’ve improved. Lots of girls here (at Bluewater Gymnastics) have potential.”