Cheerleading is a fast paced performance sport that demands absolute perfection from everyone involved. Cheerleaders are always thriving for excellence and unity, achieved only through the dedication and teamwork of the squad. This past weekend saw teams from all over Victoria compete in the 2015 Cheerleading State Championships. There was glitter, bows, and fake tan in abundance, athletes of all ages running through their routines, and warming up everywhere. But the excitement of these preparations was nothing compared to what was bought to the stage.
The creativity and originality of the routines was thrilling. The crowd would ignite every time a stunt hit, and anticipation and excitement could be felt throughout the entire packed venue. Unfortunately as I was competing myself I one watched a few routines, but upon arrival I could hear the crowds roar from across the train tracks. Pure Allstars dominated with an exhilarating and energetic routine, and Outlaws Allstars Shooters where dynamic and engaging. They were amazing; with zero deductions and a well deserved victory.
There are numerous misconceptions about cheerleading. Due to its reputation in popular culture, the core values and characteristics have become somewhat murky. I will always remember my first competition, which my mother was lovely enough to come and watch. She was horrified we were tumbling across the floor, throwing people in the air, holding them up as they performed various motions, and – possibly the most outrageous part – we did not have pom poms. She expected happy, morale building yelling and waving amidst some form of choreographed dance routine. Not completely inaccurate: cheerleading utilizes stunts, tumbling, jumps, dancing and cheering. It is an entirely strenuous team event that requires every movement to be executed with enthusiasm and precision. It is not enough to perform strenuous and difficult movements, but cheerleaders have to make it look effortless and enjoyable.
In my research I found this extract. It so perfectly encapsulates cheerleading I had to include it in its original form.
The below are photos taken from the AASCF Facebook page of the event. I have included as many of the club and teams names as possible, but please comment/email us with details of the ones we have missed.