© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Aerials Gymnastics Club members have been training and preparing all year for this weekend when they get to host provincials in their hometown. The gymnasts and their category are: (front, from left) Kirsten Mason, Open 2; Kyrsten Landry, Open 3; Felicia Landry, Open 3; (second row, from left) Emma White, Tyro 1; (second row, from left) Alena Rhindress, Brayden LeBlanc, Imogen Quinn, Nicole Bailey, (third row, from left) Jessica Landry, Tyro 1; Megan Cole, Novice 1; Julianna LeBlanc, Tyro 1; (fourth row, from left) Brianne Beale, Novice 1; Kirsten Lawrence, Tyro 2; Emma Sjanic, Argo 1; Molly Davis, Tyro 1; Emily Bacon, Tyro 1; Chloe Ripley, Tyro 1; Mikayla Horton, Argo 1; Darcy Fullerton, Open 1, (back row) coaches Ernie Landry and Michelle Landry.
AMHERST - It has been months in the making but the moment has finally arrived, and they are ready to go.
The Aerials Gymnastics Club is hosting the 2013 Nova Scotia Gymnastics Provincials Championships this weekend at Amherst Regional High School.
"Up until this point I was thinking that everything was good, but now that it's almost here I'm getting anxious and excited," said Aerials coach Michelle Landry. "It will be nice to see it all come together."
The team hosted their annual March Break Invitational last month but this is the first time they've ever hosted the provincials.
"Holding our March Break meet we know what to expect, but with provincials we want everybody to know that it's the provincials and we want them to walk in the gymnasium and say, 'Wow,'" said Landry.
The provincials also have a bigger diversity of gymnasts.
"We have four sessions of girls at all levels. We have national level girls to the younger girls, and it's the same with the boys," said Landry.
The girls compete Friday and Saturday, and the boys compete Sunday, which means they have a lot of gymnastics equipment to build up and tear down.
"On Friday we go to Halifax to pick up boys equipment," said Landry. "And then on Saturday when the girls are done we tear down the girls equipment and set the boys equipment up.
"On Sunday, after the boys are done, we tear everything done, bring everything back to the gym, and then on Monday we bring the boys equipment back to Halifax. Finally, on Tuesday we set our own equipment back up at the gym."
It is Kyrsten Landry's last competitive meet.
She said it's heartbreaking knowing she is wrapping up her career as gymnast.
"I've got my act together since the PEI meet, so I hope to do well," said Kyrsten.
She also designed the logo for this year's provincial championships.
"It took about half an hour to design," said Landry. "It's nice to see my logo on everything since it's my last year."
There will be 270 gymnasts competing in Amherst, and Michelle hopes there are a lot of spectators at the event.
"There's gymnasts of all ages so there is something for everybody," she said. "And the boys will be competing, so we hope it inspires interest in the boys part of gymnastics."
The 2013 provincials championship schedule is as follows:
- Opening Ceremonies are at 4:15 p.m., at ARHS
- Session 1
Features gymnasts in the following categories:
National Open 2, Pre-Novice Aspire, Open 5, Open 4, Tyro 4, Open 3, and Tyro 3, for a total of 43 athletes.
4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. - General Warm-up
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Competition
- Session 2
Features at total of 48 gymnasts in Open 2, Novice 3, Novice 2 and Argo 2
7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. - General Warm-up
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Competition
- Session 3
Features 33 gymnasts in Tyro 1 and 27 athletes in Argo 1
11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Warm-up
12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Competition
- Session 4
Features 21 gymnasts in Tyro 2, 18 in Novice 1, and 11 athletes in Open 1
4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. - General Warm-up
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Competition
- Session 5 (Boys)
Features at total of 34 gymnasts in Level 1, Under-12; Level 1, Plus-12; Level 2, Under 12, and Pre-Argo.
8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. - Warm-up
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Competition
- Session 6 (Boys)
Features a total of 34 gymnasts in Level 3, 13-and-under; Level 3, 13-and-over; Level 4, 13-and-under; National Youth, National Open, and Argo.
12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. - General Warm-up
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Competition