Aerials take flight at provincial championships at ARHS

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Boys gymnastics took centre stage Sunday at Amherst Regional High School.

AMHERST - It was the first time the Amherst Aerials Gymnastics Club ever hosted the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships and it went off without a glitch. Well, maybe one glitch.

"Having the boys here was a challenge because it was new to us," said Michelle Landry, Aerials Coach. "The rings (apparatus) went up and down four times because there was something wrong each time.

"We were about three hours getting things switched over from girls equipment to the boys equipment but the volunteers pulled through and got the rings up."

Landry said the boys were ‘amazing' to watch.

"The parents who had never seen it before said, ‘Wow,'" said Landry.

Except for the rings everything else went off like clockwork.

"Our volunteers came together and pulled off an awesome meet," said Landry. "We had rave reviews from coaches, judges and parents."

"We had nothing but positive reviews about the organization, the facility, how smoothly things ran and the great food in the hospitality room," added Landry. "The only negative thing was that one person came in and complained we had no WiFi."

Four Aerials athletes had first place finishes.

Darcy Fullerton finished first overall in the Open 1 Division, and Emma Sjanic finished first overall in the Argo 1 division.

Brianne Beale finished first in vault, and Megan Cole finished first on the beam.

It was Kyrsten Landry's last meet as a gymnast.

"She came off the floor sobbing," said Landry, who is also Kyrsten's mom, and was also crying after Kyrsten's last event, which was the floor. "So it was hard for her too."

Kyrsten is going to school in Truro next year, and said she might take up the sport of trampoline.

More than 270 gymnasts participated in the provincials at ARHS and Landry hopes they will get to host them agains sometime soon.

"I think we will do it again but it depends on a lot of different factors," said Landry.

"We have to bid on it and we have to borrow the (boys) equipment and it could be the club we're borrowing from might not be able to lend it.

"It also depends on the support of the volunteers and the parents and all the other people who helped make an event like this a success."

Provincial results will follow later this week in the Amherst Daily News.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

    

   

Organizations: Amherst Aerials Gymnastics Club, Open 1, Argo 1 Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: AMHERST, Truro

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  • Michelle Landry
    April 08, 2013 - 20:57

    Also Emma White - tyro 1 was first on floor and Megan Cole was first on floor -novice 1