BY DAVE MATHIESON
AMHERST, N.S. – Has all the training paid off?
After practicing their skills throughout the summer and fall, gymnasts at the Aerials Gymnastics Club, enter the competitive season this weekend at the Titans Invitational in Dartmouth.
“It’s nice to get them out there competing to see how much the work has paid off and see what they need to focus on in practice,” Aerials coach Michelle Landry said.
This year’s team has a mix of young and old gymnasts.
“We have a lot of younger girls this year, and a few new ones,” Landry said. “We still have a couple of our older girls. They’re doing well and practicing hard.”
Long-time gymnasts returning for 2020 include Jessica Landry, Kirsten Lawrence and Reaghan Arsenault.
“Emma (Sjanic) has thought about making a comeback,” Landry said. “She recently started practicing with us and we’ll see if she continues.”
The gymnasts compete on the bars, the beam, the floor and the vault.
“We have a couple of good vaulters, some who are good on beam, and some who are good on floor. They all have their strong points and weak points.”
Former Aerials gymnast Felicia Landry had is back at the Aerials club as a fulltime coach.
“And she’s judging gymnastics as well,” Landry said.
The 2020 competitive season schedule is as follows:
Jan. 10-12 – Titans Invitational (Dartmouth)
Jan. 17-19 – Prince Edward Classic (Charlottetown)
Feb. 7-9 – Taiso Cup (Lower Sackville)
Feb. 28 – March 1 – AltaMate (Halifax)
March 14-15 – March Break Invitational (Amherst)
April 3-5 – Provincials Titans Club (Dartmouth)
April 25-25 – Atlantics (St. John’s, Nfld.)