Pictou County gymnasts off to Atlantics

Local club sending three athletes to championship event

Published on April 20, 2017

Abby Conrad works the beam during a practice this week at the Pictou County Gymnastics Club.

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NEW GLASGOW – Abby Conrad can’t remember a time when she wasn’t tumbling, balancing on beams or navigating the uneven bars.

Conrad was a mere 16 months old when her parents signed her up for gymnastics in Dartmouth. She’s been at it ever since.

Now 11, the Stellarton resident is one of three Pictou County Gymnastics Club (PCGC) members who will compete at Atlantics this weekend.

“Making Team Nova Scotia felt really awesome,” she said, adding that the accomplishment also allowed her to follow in the footsteps of her sister Josie, who competed at Atlantics in 2016.

Conrad, whose disciplines include the beam, floor, vault and uneven bars, said she isn’t really concerned with how high she places when she competes on Saturday afternoon.

“I love meeting new people and just getting the experience. I’m not looking to place, I’m just looking to do my best,” she said.

Atlantics are being hosted by Amherst, but with the actual competitions taking place in Sackville, N.B.

Even though she has just performed – seemingly with little effort – some back walkovers on a beam prior to being interviewed, Conrad stated modestly that “I’m not really flexible, so it’s not easy for me, but learning new skills excites me.”

Sam Trenholm, who lives in Bible Hill, Colchester County, but now does his training with the PCGC, has been to Atlantics a handful of times –“four or five” he said – and has brought home at least a dozen medals (he’s not quite sure of the exact number).

Sam Trenholm and Andrew Fraser.

Stellarton’s Andrew Fraser has also medalled a number of times at Atlantics in his four years of competing in the sport, and will accompany Conrad and Trenholm to the competition this weekend to fill out the local contingent.

The 12-year-old Fraser will also attend Eastern Canadians later in the spring.