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Draped in the Nova Scotia flag, Felicia Landry travels with her mom and coach, Michelle Landry, to the University of Prince Edward Island this weekend to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Gymnastics Championships.
AMHERST – Felicia Landry is all grown up.
“I think every time we have somebody who retires its kind of hard on the group because they’re the leaders. They help the younger gymnasts see what they’re working towards,” said Michelle Landry, coach at the Aerials Gymnastics Club in Amherst.
Felicia’s last hurrah as a competitive gymnast is this weekend when she travels to the University of Prince Edward Island to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Gymnastics Championships.
She will compete in the Open 2 Division.
“She’s still fighting some injuries but she was able to perform well at provincials, so hopefully she’ll be able to do at least that well at Atlantics,” said Michelle, who, besides being Felicia’s coach, is also her mom.
Former Aerials athlete, Margaret Skabar, says competing at the Atlantics is a great way for Felicia to finish her career.
“Representing Nova Scotia and wearing the blue at your last completion is a great way to go out,” said Skabar.
Michelle says Felicia will be missed at the club a great deal.
“She brings happiness and a kind of silly side to things, and not always in a bad way,” said Michelle.
Felicia’s leadership role has been shared over the past year with gymnast Kirsten Mason.
“It’s so sad she won’t be here,” said the Grade 11 student at ARHS. “We work together as a team. We challenge each other and try to get each other to do better.”
With those words, the waterworks erupt from both their eyes and Mason and Felicia hug each other.
Felicia has been a gymnast at the club since she was a little girl.
“Gymnastics is something I really look forward to,” said Felicia. “For the most part, I’m really happy when I’m here (at the club).”
Two of her sisters, Samantha and Kyrsten, are retired gymnasts. Samantha is finishing up her nursing studies at St. Francis Xavier University, and Kyrsten just finished her first year of studies in the pre-vet course at Dalhousie Agricultural College in Truro.
Felicia won’t be travelling as far for her studies.
“I’m studying towards a bachelor of science degree at Mount Allison University,” said Felicia.
Her tuition load was lightened substantially thanks to a $12,000 entrance scholarship.
Felicia says gymnastics has helped make her a better student at school.
“Gymnastics has really helped me with time management,” she said.
Skabar, who, come September, will enter her final year of studies as a psychology major at St. FX, says time management is a big part of success at university.
“She could probably give me advice on how to be a better student,” said Skabar, “But, if I have any advice, it’s important to do your work in the day so you don’t have to do it at night.”
Both Kyrsten and Skabar say’s Felicia will miss the gymnastics club.
“She’ll miss it and she’ll be excited to come back,” said Kyrsten.
Skabar says she’ll miss it more than she thinks she will.
“And she’ll try going to a real gym to stay in shape. Good Luck with that,” said Skabar with a laugh.