Zachary began gymnastics at the age of 5 and is no stranger to hard work and his commitment to being a world class gymnast. His pre-school teacher told his parents that he had amazing coordination and that she had never seen a child his age with such good athletic abilities, so she recommended gymnastics, and so it began. At the young age of 8 he started competing and he has never looked back. His nickname is Zach and his role model is 2004 Olympian Ken Ikeda, who is also one of his coaches, (alongside Richard Ikeda 1996 Olympian) allowing him to see first-hand his love for the sport. Zach eats an apple before competing and lives by the motto “Just do it”
In 2010 at the Canadian Championships, as a Tyro competitor, Zach dominated taking home four gold medals (All-Around, Pommel Horse, Vault and Parallel Bars). From there he progressed moving up to the junior division for 2011 and 2012 before debuting as a senior in 2013.
In 2011 Zach won three medals at the Canada Winter Games, including pommel horse Gold and Silver in both team and vault.
In 2014 Zach competed at his first FIG World Championships and was part of the team that won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In 2015 while competing in Switzerland, Zach suffered from a torn ACL and fractured tibia while competing. During that time, Zach was unsure if he would ever walk without a limp again. Persevering and following eight months of intense rehab driven by a relentless passion for the sport, Zach was able to return to training and won his first career senior all-around national title in 2017. From there, Zach went on to qualify for the all-around final at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal – What a comeback!
In 2018 at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Zach won team silver and bronze on pommel horse, participating as a member of the world championship squad for the fourth time!
Notable International Results
Pan Am Games (Lima, PER) 3rd Team, 6th P. Horse
Elite Canada (Langley, BC) 3rd A-Around, 2nd P. Horse, 5th P. Bars, 6th Rings, 7th Floor
Canadian Championships (Ottawa, ON) 4th A-Around, 1st P. Horse, 3rd P. Bars, 6th Rings
UCIC (Calgary, AB) 7th A-Around, 4th P. Horse, 4th P. Bars, 5th H. Bar
Toyota International (Toyota, JPN) 4th P. Horse, 6th Rings, 9th H. Bar, 12th P. Bars
World Championships (Doha, Qatar) 18th Team, 48th H. Bar
Sr Pan Am Championships (Lima, PER) 7th A-Around, 5th Team
World Challenge Cup (Guimarães, POR) 5th P. Horse
Canadian Championships (Waterloo, ON) 5th AA, 2nd P. Horse, 8th Rings, 8th H. Bar
Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, AUS) SILVER (team), BRONZE (pommel horse); 2014 – BRONZE (team), 8th (parallel bars)
UCIC (Calgary, AB) 3rd AA, 1st P. Horse, 3rd Rings
Elite Canada (Québec, QC) 5th AA, 8th P. Horse
FIG World Championships: – 18th (team), 48th (horizontal bar), 64th (parallel bars), 91st (rings), 94th (pommel horse), 164th (all-around),
21st (all-around), 41st (pommel horse), 42nd (horizontal bar), 46th (rings), 54th (parallel bars), 79th (floor exercise); 2015 – 15th (team);
14th (team), 69th (all-around), 63rd (pommel horse), 136th (floor exercise), 182nd (rings), 157th (vault), 124th (parallel bars), 139th (horizontal bar)
Pacific Rim Championships: – 6th (team), 9th (all-around), 8th (floor exercise), 8th (pommel horse)