Aerials gymnasts stick it at provincial championships

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Published on April 11, 2014

Gymnasts took time out from their practice Thursday night to have a bit of fun. Felicia Landry does a flip off the springboard while her teammates watch.

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Kirsten Mason decided to give it a try.

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The two teammates, and friends, Landry (left) and Mason, launched off springboards at the same time...

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...they spin...

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...keep spinning...

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...and then come in for a soft landing.

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Several other Aerials athletes gave the springboard a try, including Imogen Quinn...

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Alena Rhindress...

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Jessica Landry...

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More Jessica Landry...

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Emily Bacon...

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and Mikayla Horton.

AMHERST – Athletes at the Aerials Gymnastics Club coach, Michelle Landry, says her athletes lived up to their potential at the Provincial Gymnastics Championships last weekend in Dartmouth.

“I’m really proud of how they performed and they should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Landry.

Nicole Bailey is now the top Novice 1 gymnast in the province, and is the bars champions as well.

“Nicole has worked hard year in and year out and she is consistently at the top, so I am extremely proud of her,” said Landry.

Bailey says she thought she would do well at the provincials but she wasn’t sure if she would win.

“I did better than I thought and it felt really good to finish first overall,” said the 13-year-old student at E.B. Chandler Junior High School. “Hard work paid off.”

Felicia Landry finished third overall in the Open 2 Division, and is the provincial champions on the bars, finishing second on beam.

“I didn’t figure I’d stick it on the beam but I did, so that was exciting,” said Felicia.

This is the last year of gymnastics for the Grade 12 student at Amherst Regional High School, and she says competing in her last provincials was an emotional experience where she shed a lot of tears.

Finishing third in the province in the Open 2 Division means that Landry has punched her ticket to the Atlantic Championships.

She has dealt with injuries this season and wasn’t sure if she wanted to attend the Atlantics.

“But now that I’ve made the team I’m really excited,” said Felicia.

Her younger sister Jessica is the provincial champion on bars in the Tyro 1 Division, and Imogen Quinn is the provincial champion on the vault in the Novice 1 Division.

“Imogen had an amazing vault, she flew,” said her coach. “She was one of the last competitors and it was the perfect way to end the meet.”

– Aerials Gymnastics Club provincial results are as follows:

(Name, division, placement)

Felicia Landry (Open 2) – 4th on vault, 1st on bars, 2nd on beam, 3rd overall

Nicole Bailey (Novice 1) – 2nd on vault, 1st on bars, 2nd on beam, 5th on floor, 1st overall

Imogen Quinn (Novice 1) – 1st on vault, 5th overall

Emily Tower (Novice 1) – 3rd on beam, 5th on floor

Alena Rhindress (Novice 2) – 6th on bars, 6th on beam.

Jessica Landry (Tyro 1) – 5th on vault, 1st on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd overall

Juliana LeBlanc (Tyro 1) – 3rd on bars

Emily Bacon (Tyro 1) – 4th on beam, 5th on floor

Kirsten Lawrence (Tyro 2) – 3rd on bars, 3rd on beam, 4th overall

 

Organizations: Aerials Gymnastics Club, Open 2, E.B. Chandler Junior High School Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: Dartmouth

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