© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Molly Davis does a front flip during competitive gymnastics practice last night at the Aerials Gymnastics Club in Amherst.
AMHERST - Aerials Gymnastics Club athletes will compete this year with their biggest team yet.
"We have 17 competitive (gymnasts) and12 pre-competitive," said Aerials coach Michelle Landry. "That's probably the biggest competitive program we've ever had."
Competitive gymnasts range in age from eight to 17-years-old, and there are five new girls on the competitive team.
Recreational classes are also full to the max.
"We have a waiting list for our recreational classes," said Landry. "The only one where I think there is room is in our three and four-year-old class. There are a lot of people interested in our Parents and Tots class but we have no one to run it."
Landry would like to see her competitive athletes move to a higher competitive level but, so far, she has only been able to convince her two most veteran gymnasts, Kyrsten and Felicia Landry to go up a level.
"Kyrsten wants to compete in Level 4, and Felicia wants to compete in Level 3," said Landry.
The sister's completed the 2012 season last spring by competing at the Atlantic Canada Gymnastics Championships.
Kyrsten became the Open 3 Atlantic champion on the beam, and won bronze in the overall competition, while Felicia was the Open 2 Atlantic champion on bars, and won silver on both the beam and the overall competition.
Both girls say they still feel strong coming off last season success, but know they will have to work hard if they hope to compete at a higher level in 2013.
Landry said Kyrsten would have to improve her vault if she hopes to succeed at Level 4.
"She's come back and she's working hard," said Landry. "I think most the girls are working hard, which is good to see." Their first competition is at the end of January.