Rose Cossar

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Rose Cossar
Country represented  Canada
Born (1991-07-04) July 4, 1991 (age 27)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level Senior

Rose Cossar (born July 4, 1991), also known as Rosie, is a Canadian rhythmic gymnast, who represented Canada at the 2011 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Background[edit]

Born in England and raised in Canada, Cossar began her career in gymnastics in 1996.[1] She competed internationally for the first time at the 2001 Happy Cup in Belgium.[1]

Competitive career[edit]

Cossar was team leader of the rhythmic gymnastics team,[2] which also included Katrina Cameron, Kelsey Titmarsh, Alexandra Landry, Anastasiya Muntyanu and Anjelika Reznik.[3]

At the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in September 2011, the team placed 17th,[4] and earned Canada's first-ever Olympic berth in the event.[2] At the Pan American Games in October, the team won silver in the women's rhythmic group 3 ribbons + 2 hoops[3] and the women's rhythmic group all-around,[5] and bronze in the women's rhythmic group 5 balls.

At the 2012 Olympics, the team placed 11th in the women's rhythmic group all-around.

Post-competition[edit]

In December 2014, Cossar publicly came out as lesbian.[6] She had already been out to her teammates for several years, but had not previously spoken to the media about her sexuality.[6] Since the 2012 Olympics, she has worked with Toronto's The 519 Church Street Community Centre on the creation of Pride House Toronto, a resource house for LGBT athletes being launched for the 2015 Pan American Games, and is a spokesperson for the Canadian Olympic Committee in its new program to combat homophobia in sports.[7]

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