Aerials gymnasts competing at provincials this weekend

Dave Mathieson
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Published on April 06, 2014

Gymnasts practice their floor routine.

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Practicing on the bars.

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Athletes practice on the beam.

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Senior Aerials gymnast, Felicia Landry, dismounts from the bars during practice.

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More practice on the bars.

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Bars practice.

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Vault practice.

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More vault.

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More beam practice.

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Dismount from the bars.

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Gymnasts having fun.

AMHERST – Aerials athletes are heading to Dartmouth this weekend to compete in the Provincial Gymnastics Championships at the Titans Gymnastics Club.

“They’ve come a long way from where they were in January, and we definitely have some very strong competitors,” said Aerials coach Michelle Landry.

Some of the girls that have been finishing at or near the top in many meets over the 2014 season include Jessica Landry and Nicole Bailey.

“We also have girls showing strengths in individual events, including Imogen Quinn who has placed in the vault in every meet she’s attended, and Kirsten Lawrence has placed on beam in her meets,” said Landry.

Only Level 2 girls have the opportunity to make it to the Atlantic Championships.

The Open 2 gymnasts that have a chance to attend the Atlantics are Kirsten Mason, Felicia Landry and Megan Cole.

“Only the top six in the province (overall) can go to Atlantics, so the competition is pretty tough,” said Landry.

The provincials ar the last meet for many of the girls.

“We always hope for constant improvement throughout the season, and I think most the girls have done that,” said Landry.

It could be Felicia’s last time competing in gymnastics. She is retiring after this season and going to university at Mount Allison.

“It’s sad to be competing in my last provincials,” said Felicia. “It’s what I’ve been doing my whole life, and now it’s over.”

Felicia has struggled with injuries this season. She says she’s not at 100 per cent but she’s feeling better than she was.

She hopes to do well in the bars.

“The bars takes a lot of strength,” says Michelle, while Felicia flexes her biceps. “They all take a lot of strength but the beam takes a lot of concentration, so if you do well on beam you usually have a good meet.”

Felicia will also miss her teammates.

Several of them were filling out their goal sheets. On one side of a piece of paper each girl writes out their goals for the provincials, and then on the back of the sheet their teammates write positive messages for the girl.

“It’s something they can read over when they’re at provincials and give them something fun and positive to focus on,” said Michelle.

Most of the girls still have them, including Felicia.

“I still have mine from over the years, and I like to look at them,” said Felicia.


Organizations: Titans Gymnastics Club, Open 2

Geographic location: Dartmouth

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