Gymnasts from throughout Atlantic Canada here this weekend

Volunteers needed for Eastern Championships

Published on April 20, 2017

14-year-old Jessica Landry competes with Team Nova Scotia this weekend at the Atlantic Canadian Gymnastics Championships. Her home team, the Aerials, is hosting the event. Landry is in Grade 8 at E.B. Chandler Junior High School.

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AMHERST – Starting Friday, the Aerials Gymnastics Club is hosting the Atlantic Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Jessica Landry, a member of the Amherst club, is part of Team Nova Scotia.

I’ve been working on all my routines but mostly the cartwheel on the beam

Jessica Landry, Amherst gymnast competing in Sackville, N.B., this weekend

“I’ve been working on all my routines, mostly the cartwheel on the beam,” said the 14-year-old Landry, a Grade 8 student at E.B. Chandler Junior High School.

Michelle Landry, Jessica’s mom and coach, said she is proud of her daughter.

“I’m glad we have somebody from Amherst on the team,” said Michelle. “It’s nice somebody is attending the meet we’re hosting.”

The Atlantics run Friday and Saturday at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre in Sackville, N.B.

“There’s 262 athletes, plus coaches, support staff and judges, so there’s well over 300 people,” said Michelle. “The hotels have been booked for a while. The teams booked their rooms and the parents were able squeeze in around where the teams were.”

Jessica will stay with her team for the weekend.

“We drop her off with the team at 4 p.m. on Thursday, and she stays with them until the team is ready to leave at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.”

With the Maritime Hockey League playoffs still happening the gymnastics competition was moved to Sackville, instead of Amherst Stadium.

“They’ve been very helpful and very accommodating in Sackville,” said Michelle. “Knowing we’re able to pull in both communities is nice because we’ve had a lot of support from Amherst and a lot of support from Sackville. It’s two communities coming together.”

The Aerials host the Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championships May 5 to 7 at both Amherst Stadium and the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

The Aerials need volunteers at both venues.

“For Atlantics we have most of the volunteer spots filled but the Eastern Championships is still quite sparse,” said Michelle.

Anybody who wants to volunteer can call her at 902-669-0375.

For now, Michelle hopes a lot of people come out to the Tantramar Civic Centre this weekend.

“It’s not often we have men’s gymnastics in the area, so come out and see what they can do, and come out and see the wonderful talent of the girls as well.”

Jessica begins competing Friday at 11:15 a.m.