Melanie Banville

Melanie Banville
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Biography

One word will forever be attached to Melanie Banville's name and that is Olympian. Melanie became Cornwall's first summer Olympian as a member of Canada's Gymnastics Team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

She was a member of Team Canada for the Pan-Am Games in 2003, placing 5th individually and earning a silver member in the team compeition. At the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, Melanie Banville helped the Canadian Women's Gymnastics team earn one of 12 berths to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Melanie finished 3rd in the vault at an Olympic test event later that year.

In Athens, Banville was one of two Canadian women to qualify for the all-around final, in which she placed 24th. Canada was 10th in the team competition.

For an encore to the Olympics, Melanie finished first in floor, vault and all around at the Canadian Championships in 2005, the same year she was recognized with the Jacques Richard Trophy as Cornwall and area's top sports personality.

In 2006, Melanie earned a full scholarship with the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama where she was named 2nd team All American on the balance beam. That same year, she was named NCAA Scholastic All American Academic and All SEC. In the fall of 2006, Melanie announced her retirement from gymnastics due to a bad back.

Melanie has helped her gymnastics teams win gold at just about every level she has competed in. She was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

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