Aerials to strut their stuff against region's best

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Three gymnasts attending Atlantic competition

Aerials to strut their stuff against region's best

AMHERST  Three members of the Amherst Aerials will be donning the Nova Scotia colours this weekend at the Atlantic Gymnastics Championships in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Lindsay Butler, Samantha Landry and Margaret Skabar qualified for the 53-member Team Nova Scotia at the provincial championships in Sydney last month.

This is Landrys third trip to the regionals and Butlers second while Skabar is attending her first Atlantic tournament.

Im really looking forward to it. I dont know how Ill do but I want to do my best to represent my club and the province, said Skabar, who will compete in the Open 2 category.

Skabar has been competing since age seven and is regarded as the life of the gym with her positive attitude and bright disposition.

If I had to choose one person who would make an awesome team member, it would be her, coach Michelle Landry said. She is always smiling, positive and making light of a situation.

Skabars strongest event will likely be the beam.

Landry is competing in the Open 3 category. Shes a dedicated gymnast who has competed since age eight.

After a couple of very successful years Ive had a lot of nagging injuries over the last year and a half. Ive worked hard to overcome these injuries and Im happy to have made the team this year, she said.

Butler is in the midst of a strong season and will compete in Novice 3. Like Skabar, she has been competing since age seven and her coach feels shell be a strong competitor.

Lindsay is a very talented gymnast. Her best event is beam, having been the provincial beam champion last year and she has successfully placed on beam at most events this year, her coach said.

For coach Landry, sending three gymnasts to the Atlantics shows how strong the local club has become.

As a club, we are proud to have had at least one gymnast qualify for Atlantics since 2004. I think it says a lot for the girls that they are able to work hard enough to remain competitive with the girls across the province even with the training restrictions they have had, she said, adding she hopes a new home will result in more gymnasts qualifying for the regionals.

The Aerials are moving into the former Amherst Daily News building on Lawrence Street next month.

As well, she said, the Atlantics are different in that the participants no longer compete on their own, but their scores count towards the team score.

A girl who was your biggest competitor three weeks ago at provincials is now one of your biggest supporters, she said. The team atmosphere is wonderful, especially for a small club like ours.

Organizations: Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Sydney Lawrence Street

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