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My favourite Games, says Umeh

25 July 2002

Stella Umeh, who won the women’s individual all-around title on home soil at the 1994 Games has fond memories of her gold medal performance.

Kate Richards

Canadian gymnast Kate Richardson

Taking time out from her job with Cirque du Soleil, trapeze artist Umeh is in Manchester to commentate for Canadian television station CBC.

“When people ask which is my favourite competition, they expect me to say the Olympics, but for me it will always be the Commonwealth Games,” Umeh explained.

“In Victoria I had mixed emotions. I had won gold in front of a home crowd at my favourite competition, but I was also sad as I knew I was going to retire. I would miss it and I still loved the sport, but I wanted to end my career on a high.”

The 26-year-old is also hopeful that Canada will win the women’s team title, for a third time, in Manchester.

“It will be a very competitive meet,” said Umeh. “It’s always between Australia, Canada and England, but on paper Australia have the highest start value."

“However, the Commonwealth Games is a Canadian tradition and I hope the team brings the gold medal back home."

“In the individuals all the girls have a great chance, especially Kate Richardson and Canadian champion Danielle Hicks.”

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