Cockburn thought Pan Am dream was done

Community Apr 16, 2015 by Michael Hayakawa Stouffville Sun-Tribune

When Karen Cockburn broke her left ankle in preparing for the world trampoline championships in Florida last November, she felt her chances to represent Canada at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games were a long shot at best.

With that in mind, the 34-year-old Stouffville resident set her sights further down the road.

Cockburn, however, will be forced to speed up her training after being informed via email last Thursday by Gymnastics Canada of her selection to the women’s roster along with King City resident and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan for the Pan Ams.

Cockburn is honoured to have the opportunity to represent Canada and to compete in a major international event before immediate family and friends so close to home for the first time.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “I thought my dream was crushed when I shattered my ankle. I just resumed training one month ago and originally I was gearing up for the Worlds in Denmark this coming November, which is also an Olympic qualifier.

“Now I’m excited to have an opportunity to be ready earlier. This gives me plenty of motivation.”

Earning a spot on the team was based on points from selected events last year and this year.

While Cockburn remained on the sidelines, others who were in contention to garner a spot on the team had ample opportunity to surpass her.

“I was definitely worried,” she said. “At the start my scores were low after I came back from having a baby and when I shattered my ankle I was standing in second place.

“When you are hurt they give you an injury score if you miss a competition. But the score is an average figure. I was definitely worried because I did not think it would help me and there were some competitors out there who were up and coming. I was tracking their scores to see how they were doing.

“I thought someone would catch me because they had a couple of opportunities to do so.

“But I was super excited when my scores held up.”

Cockburn said she can now divert her full attention to trying to regain the form that helped her claim three Olympic medals.

In coming off successful surgery and having her cast removed at the end of January, Cockburn revealed she was in a non-weight bearing mode for three months.

After that she was in the throes of regaining her range of motion and strength before recently just integrating herself back onto the trampoline.

“My tricks are coming back slowly,” she said. “I’m not at a competitive level at the moment. I’ve done doubles but not triples yet.”

Having been off for 14 months after having a baby prior to her injury, Cockburn has a good idea of what it takes to get back into top form.

That, she feels, will work to her advantage.

“You don’t want to push things too hard,” she warned. “You just want to gradually build things back. So far it’s going well, but I still have three to four months to make a lot of gains.

“To have a chance to be ready on time I’m on track and I feel it will pan out okay.”

Cockburn thought Pan Am dream was done

Stouffville Olympian named to Canadian team

Community Apr 16, 2015 by Michael Hayakawa Stouffville Sun-Tribune

When Karen Cockburn broke her left ankle in preparing for the world trampoline championships in Florida last November, she felt her chances to represent Canada at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games were a long shot at best.

With that in mind, the 34-year-old Stouffville resident set her sights further down the road.

Cockburn, however, will be forced to speed up her training after being informed via email last Thursday by Gymnastics Canada of her selection to the women’s roster along with King City resident and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan for the Pan Ams.

Cockburn is honoured to have the opportunity to represent Canada and to compete in a major international event before immediate family and friends so close to home for the first time.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “I thought my dream was crushed when I shattered my ankle. I just resumed training one month ago and originally I was gearing up for the Worlds in Denmark this coming November, which is also an Olympic qualifier.

“Now I’m excited to have an opportunity to be ready earlier. This gives me plenty of motivation.”

Earning a spot on the team was based on points from selected events last year and this year.

While Cockburn remained on the sidelines, others who were in contention to garner a spot on the team had ample opportunity to surpass her.

“I was definitely worried,” she said. “At the start my scores were low after I came back from having a baby and when I shattered my ankle I was standing in second place.

“When you are hurt they give you an injury score if you miss a competition. But the score is an average figure. I was definitely worried because I did not think it would help me and there were some competitors out there who were up and coming. I was tracking their scores to see how they were doing.

“I thought someone would catch me because they had a couple of opportunities to do so.

“But I was super excited when my scores held up.”

Cockburn said she can now divert her full attention to trying to regain the form that helped her claim three Olympic medals.

In coming off successful surgery and having her cast removed at the end of January, Cockburn revealed she was in a non-weight bearing mode for three months.

After that she was in the throes of regaining her range of motion and strength before recently just integrating herself back onto the trampoline.

“My tricks are coming back slowly,” she said. “I’m not at a competitive level at the moment. I’ve done doubles but not triples yet.”

Having been off for 14 months after having a baby prior to her injury, Cockburn has a good idea of what it takes to get back into top form.

That, she feels, will work to her advantage.

“You don’t want to push things too hard,” she warned. “You just want to gradually build things back. So far it’s going well, but I still have three to four months to make a lot of gains.

“To have a chance to be ready on time I’m on track and I feel it will pan out okay.”

Cockburn thought Pan Am dream was done

Stouffville Olympian named to Canadian team

Community Apr 16, 2015 by Michael Hayakawa Stouffville Sun-Tribune

When Karen Cockburn broke her left ankle in preparing for the world trampoline championships in Florida last November, she felt her chances to represent Canada at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games were a long shot at best.

With that in mind, the 34-year-old Stouffville resident set her sights further down the road.

Cockburn, however, will be forced to speed up her training after being informed via email last Thursday by Gymnastics Canada of her selection to the women’s roster along with King City resident and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan for the Pan Ams.

Cockburn is honoured to have the opportunity to represent Canada and to compete in a major international event before immediate family and friends so close to home for the first time.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “I thought my dream was crushed when I shattered my ankle. I just resumed training one month ago and originally I was gearing up for the Worlds in Denmark this coming November, which is also an Olympic qualifier.

“Now I’m excited to have an opportunity to be ready earlier. This gives me plenty of motivation.”

Earning a spot on the team was based on points from selected events last year and this year.

While Cockburn remained on the sidelines, others who were in contention to garner a spot on the team had ample opportunity to surpass her.

“I was definitely worried,” she said. “At the start my scores were low after I came back from having a baby and when I shattered my ankle I was standing in second place.

“When you are hurt they give you an injury score if you miss a competition. But the score is an average figure. I was definitely worried because I did not think it would help me and there were some competitors out there who were up and coming. I was tracking their scores to see how they were doing.

“I thought someone would catch me because they had a couple of opportunities to do so.

“But I was super excited when my scores held up.”

Cockburn said she can now divert her full attention to trying to regain the form that helped her claim three Olympic medals.

In coming off successful surgery and having her cast removed at the end of January, Cockburn revealed she was in a non-weight bearing mode for three months.

After that she was in the throes of regaining her range of motion and strength before recently just integrating herself back onto the trampoline.

“My tricks are coming back slowly,” she said. “I’m not at a competitive level at the moment. I’ve done doubles but not triples yet.”

Having been off for 14 months after having a baby prior to her injury, Cockburn has a good idea of what it takes to get back into top form.

That, she feels, will work to her advantage.

“You don’t want to push things too hard,” she warned. “You just want to gradually build things back. So far it’s going well, but I still have three to four months to make a lot of gains.

“To have a chance to be ready on time I’m on track and I feel it will pan out okay.”