© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Brianne Beale practices her beam routine Wednesday night at the Aerials Gymnastics Club in Amherst.
AMHERST - Aerials Gymnastics Club athletes have their sights set on their first competition of 2013, which is on the Jan. 25 weekend on PEI.
One of those athletes is Brianne Beale, who is in her third year of gymnastics, and her second year of competitive gymnastics.
"Her routines and skills are very clean," said Aerials coach Michelle Landry. "And she's a very hard worker and an all around great kid."
Beale is 13-years-old and is in Grade 8 at E.B. Chandler Junior High School.
She competes the Novice 1 division but could move up to Novice 2 before the end of the 2013 season.
"Last year she improved by leaps and bounds but this year she was playing soccer, so she was a little later getting back into gymnastics, but she's really focused," said Landry.
Beale's secret to success in gymnastics is overcoming fear.
"I started to lose the fear last year, during my first year of competitive gymnastics," said Beale.
She said she is least fearful on the bars.
"I'm probably best at bars," she said. "I'm not afraid to do the skills and I can learn them easy."
She said she likes practicing her floor routine but added, "tumbling can make me scared. The front tuck is hard to do."
Landry thinks her floor routine is great.
"Her routines is really good and has lots of pizzazz."
Beale said gymnastics has given her strength and confidence, and said she will stick with gymnastics throughout high school.
That's what Landry likes to hear.
"She started very much as a beginner, but she's definitely matured a lot," said Landry.