I’m overwhelmed with a mix of excitement and a niggling of nervousness. We take the floor, this is it, this is what we have worked for all this time. As I look over at my cheer family, I grin. These two minutes and thirty seconds are ours. The music is about to play…Ready? Let’s begin..
As my DVD collection grows over the years, I start looking for more adventure.
One day whilst searching for something new to view in my collection, my eye paused over the few “Bring it on” DVD’s I’d accumulated. So that evening, I sat and re-watched them all from the start to finish. I fell asleep during one, and continued them the next day but this doesn’t count sssh ^.^
That was the only push I needed, I was hooked. The week was filled with prancing around doing the chants from the movies.. “I said burn it’s cold in here, There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere?” 😀 At school I’d be the one getting my friends to do the “Shabooya roll call” chant with me from Bring it on: All or nothing.
Hello again google, your help is greatly wanted…”Cheerleading teams” I searched. I found out that there were many different types of cheer such as
(School, college, university)- Based on education
(Co-ed, All girls)- Based on gender
(All star, professional)- The highest competitors or the Alumni
(Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior)- Based on age
(1,2,3,4,5,6)- The levels depending on skill
I researched local teams, and emailed a couple. I figured I was a “Beginner senior”, with no idea what level I was capable of. That week was when I’d planned to visit the team I wanted to join. Walking into my first session was like walking blindfolded into a packet of Bertie Botts every flavoured beans, unexpected. The first thing that came out my mouth, as they showed me how to stunt was “Where are the pom, poms?” Everyone laughed, and said that was for the dancing..
Asking some of my cheer family, why they cheer and what it means to them. They said
“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to do it. I enjoy it”
“It makes feel like a part of a team, whether we win or we lose. Your body looks amazing when you’re a cheerleader, the muscles and bones gained from it is just the bonus part.”
“Having that friendship, and belonging is important to me. It’s quite male dominant in my work place I wanted to meet other females. I’m really competitive so team sports as well as improving at training is good for me”
So what does cheer mean for me? I love the different aspects of the whole routine, including stunts, tumbling, and dance sections. For me, it was about finding a hobby that I’d really really enjoy. When I’m on the performance floor, I’m at my highest level of confidence ever because I feel that’s where I belong. Every single week, I look forward to going to cheerleading the most. It doesn’t matter if I’m going to lunch with Taylor Lautner, or starring in my own music video.-Kinda 😉 Cheer will be the one thing that will make me most happiest.
Mainly I back spot or sometimes front spot. I wish I could be a flyer, though this may not be possible.
I’m not the best of the best or the worst of the worst. My status isn’t even defined individually, I’m part of a team. We are only as strongest as our weakest link, and practice makes perfect.
ANNIVERSARY of FIRST cheer session: Saturday 7th July 2012
It’s coming up to the two year anniversary of when I started cheer, same team, same family ^.^
Fact: Cheerleading is defined as the most dangerous sport in the world. Even though females make up the majority of many teams, this sport started out with male cheerleaders.
A chant I made up for my team:
We’re FIERCE, & we’re hot
Diamonds to rock (The floor)
As you sit in your seat (yeah), move to the beat
Black and pink…you wont even blink
Silver & blue, when the VIBE hits you (you)
Ready? Let’s go (go,go,go)
It’s the famous saying of a cheerleader that “Once you’ve been to one competition, you’ve been to them all”. I know of someone who has been to around thirteen competitions, I’ve been to four.
But like the teacher in save the last dance two said, in regards to ballet. I’m saying for cheer “My dear girl, once you get a taste of it’s never enough.” I suppose my coach would say that too, she wants to make the team the best it can be. The travelling, staying in swanky hotels, at a comp you’ll find me lurking in the BCA gift shop. Oh and most cheerleaders dream, if not all is to attend worlds, if not win it. SMOED is the only team that have won three times, and it was consecutively.
MY NEXT GOAL: Become a flyer, & get my needle. It’s not relevant for me to practice it, but Hey you never know?! Also work on my tumbling ^.^
What’s your sport and what is your family? Are you a Quidditch fiend, a footballer, swimmer, dancer or something else?
I’ve found my family, have you found yours?……Diamonds are forever ❤