This weekend was Cheer Evolution Nationals in Niagara Falls! What an exciting weekend!
This has always been one of my favourite competitions, because it’s so big and you get to see so much talent from teams far away and nearby! There is so much cheerleading spirit everywhere! As an athlete, it was my first and last competition of this season, so it was super exciting.
FRIDAY: I competed in the Specialty Division with an individual Hybrid level 5 Stunt group. It was my first time competing in a specialty division so it was doubly exciting and nerve-wracking! On the warm-up mat, I ran into the girls from Cheetahs Cheerleading and their head coach Tracy, and they were so happy to see me and so supportive and encouraging! (I helped coach them at the beginning of this year with Tracy.) I was so nervous on Friday that I literally could not eat much all day! Practice warm-up went well though, and I was looking forward to showing off my skills on the mat. The performance went well, and it was really nice to hear lots of support from the other DCA athletes and from the Cheetahs girls. I think I rushed through the routine a little bit and wasn’t as sharp as I could have been, so I missed some of my counts holding my scale and pulling my scorp higher. But, everything hit and it felt easy to do. Watching the video after, I think there is quite a bit I can improve on, and next year I definitely want to add difficulty if I do a stunt group comp again (which I want to!!). Everyone was so supportive after I was done though and said I did really well! I wish I could do it again! It’s so sad performing at the last competition in general, because you’ve worked so hard for this one routine, and then after you perform it, you never have to do it again and it feels kind of like breaking-up lol. It felt so familiar and solid, and then all of a sudden there is a bit of a void, and then you have to get used to a new season with new stunts and a new routine! The other DCA girls also competed in a level 3 stunt group, and a few indys and a duo, and everyone pushed through and did great! At awards, my stunt group got 3rd out of 4 teams, which I thought was pretty good considering it was my first one ever!
SATURDAY/SUNDAY: While this year I had not been practicing with Platinum, DCA’s Intl. Open Coed 5 team, a girl sadly got injured a week before, so I was asked to fill in for her as a flyer in her stunts. Getting to compete with Platinum was really exciting for me, and I felt confident as the stunts I had to do were easy, and the dance was really fun to perform! I wasn’t really nervous, and had no trouble on Satruday! I think everyone felt really good about that run and most stunts hit well. We were standing in second place that night, with 2 teams behind us and the PCT Cobras Worlds team ahead. The DCA Parent team, Golden Dragons also performed on Saturday, and really had a blast! The CheerForce Parent team that went before them deserves a shout-out as well – they wowed the crowd with some back-handspringing action by an athletic mom, and some solid stunts such as a 4-2-1 pyramid, co-ed toss-hands-cupie, and other solid stunts by parents.
On Sunday Platinum did okay too, there was a bit of worry on the practice mats, but I think we pulled together nicely, and despite me not executing my basket perfectly (did just a pike on Sunday vs. a pike X-out on Saturday), we still ended up in 2nd place when all was said and done. The Cobras Worlds team that beat us was really amazing (on the practice mat; I didn’t get to watch them because they went right before us both days), and I’m sure their 1st place was well-deserved. The other DCA teams were great too – I got to watch and cheer on the Snow Dragons’ clean routine, and they got 2nd too! Great work to the Ruby dragons as well!
On Sunday, I saw the Cheetahs’ Crimson Senior 2 team perform. For the first few months of this season I had the pleasure of helping coach these ladies (and Devin!), and I have to say I was really impressed with what they put on that floor. They have really grown so much and really pulled through together, executing a clean, passionate routine that left them standing as National Champs in first place! I am so happy for these Cheetahs – they have such heart and passion! Congrats!!
A few other shout-outs: The Cheer Sport Sharks’ White Cheek youth 5 sharks were really something to see! Very impressive skills and very solid stunting!! I also had the pleasure of seeing the Great White Sharks perform… WOW! This was perfection, and they were the well-deserved Grand Champions of Level 5. Such sharp stunts and such clean tumbling – not a stumble or a bobble! Very inspiring!! I was sad that I didn’t get a chance to watch the open teams of CCA Panthers, as these used to be my teammates, but unfortunately we had to go into warm-up just as they were getting on the floor. It was really great seeing them all however, and everyone was so supportive and nice. One interesting thing is that the Vancouver All-Stars weren’t present this year.
Anyway, congrats to everyone who competed! See you all next season!
Live. Love. Cheer.