Hundreds of gymnasts competing this weekend at ARHS

Dave Mathieson
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Published on March 07, 2014

Training on the beam Wednesday night at the Aerials Gymnastics Club.

Published on March 07, 2014

Emma Sjanic does a back flip while practicing her floor exercise.

Published on March 07, 2014

Juliana LeBlanc practices her beam routine.

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Kirsten Mason (left) and Nicole Bailey practice their beam routines Wednesday night.

Published on March 07, 2014

The competitive gymnasts get together before practicing their various routines Wednesday night.

AMHERST – Aerials Gymnastics Club is hosting the Aerials March Break Invitational this weekend at Amherst Regional High School.

“We have 293 competitors signed up to compete,” said Michelle Landry, Aerials coach. “They are travelling here from throughout Nova Scotia and P.E.I."

The club hosted the provincials last year but, besides the provincials, this is the biggest group of competitors the club has hosted.

“It’s great. I’m glad it’s grown that much,” said Landry. “We have a number of our recreational and pre-competitive gymnasts competing as well, so it’s nice to see them join us for the event."

The Aerials club has 24 recreational girls, 10 pre-competitive girls, and 17 competitive girls.

“I think they’ll do good,” said Landry. “They’ve definitely improved over the season and they’re exited to compete at home.”

One of the competitive girls is Felicia Landry.

The Grade 12 ARHS student is in her last year of gymnastics competition. She has had to deal with injuries this year.

“I didn’t know if I would be competing this weekend but, knowing it’s my last year, I wanted to,” said Felicia as many of her fellow competitors gather around her at the club.

This is the last competition before provincials.

“Even though I’m hurting I will be at provincials. My back has been bothering me.”

With that said, she wishes her teammates the best of luck for this weekend and for the rest of the season.

It might also be the last year of competition for Kirsten Mason, who is in Grade 11 at ARHS.

“I’d like to train and coach next year but I don’t know if I’ll be competing,”

She looks at the young girls gathered around her and says, “I love my team, and I wish them all good luck.”

The Aerials team started tearing down their equipment Wednesday night, on Thursday they brought it to the gymnasium at ARHS, and on Friday they will set it all up in preparation for the beginning of competition Saturday morning.

Admission is $3, and there will be 50/50 draws over the weekend.

The Aerials March Break Invitational schedule is as follows:


- Session 1 – Argo 1

8 to 8:20 a.m. – General Warm-up

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Competition

- Session 2 – Tyro 1, Argo 2

12:30 to 12:50 p.m. – General Warm-up

1 to 4:30 p.m. – Competition

- Session 3 – Open 2, Novice 2, Open 3, Open 1

5 to 5:20 p.m. – General Warm up

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Competition


- Session 4 – Novice 1, Tyro 2

7:30 to 7:50 a.m. – General Warm up

8 to 11:00 a.m. – Competition

- Session 5 – Tyro 4, Novice 3, Novice 4, Novice 5, Open 4, Argo 3, Tyro 3, Tyro 5

11:30 to 11:50 a.m. – General Warm up

12 to 2:30 p.m. – Competition

- Session 6 – Intermediate and Can-Gym (Pre-competitive and recreational gymnasts)

3 to 3:15 p.m. – General Warm up

3:20 to 6:20 p.m. – Competition


Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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