Gold Medalist

University of Alabama gymnastics signee Melanie Banville followed up a stellar performance at the Summer Olympics by winning the national all-around title Wednesday night at the Canadian National Championships being held in Vancouver on the University of British Columbia campus this week.

Alabama gymnastics signee Melanie Banville took the gold with 36.675 points posting the best score on floor (9.600), second best on vault (9.250) and third best on uneven bars (9.325). She finished nearly half a point better than defending champion Kylie Stone of the Stampede City Club in Calgary.

"I was confident and had a lot of fun out there tonight," Banville told the Vancouver Sun. "I'm excited it turned out this way. I definitely worked for it. This win pumps me up for the individual finals."

With the all-around title under her belt, the Long Sault, Ontario native will compete for titles on the individual events on Saturday. The all-around is Banville's sixth national title.

This isn't Banville's first time atop the national standings. She won the all-around at the Canadian Olympic trials last summer. As a member of Canada's 2003 Pan-American Games team, she finished fifth in the all-around. A senior at Gloucester High School, Banville was also a member of the Canadian 2003 World Championship team.

The daughter of Christine and Gerry Banville, she is coached by Tobie Goreman and Lori Iurello at Ottawa Gymnastics Center.

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