Bassendean’s SM Cheer and Dance to compete at world championships at Disney World, Florida

Bassendean’s SM Cheer and Dance to compete at world championships at Disney World, Florida

BASSENDEAN-based SM Cheer and Dance will be competing with the world’s best at the International All Star Federation World Cheerleading and World Dance Championships held in Florida next year.

Two teams of 36 women aged 14-24 will travel to Disney World in Orlando to take part in the invite-only championships, April 27-30.

The club’s invitation came after its level 5 cheerleading team Starz Elite and elite pom dance team Argent claimed wins at the Stars N Stripes Grand Championships held at HBF Arena this month.

Dance coach Laura Harris said the athletes going to the world championships, which were dubbed the ‘Olympics of cheerleading and dance’, were fantastic role models for younger athletes at their gym.

“These young women have trained incredibly hard this season to reach their goals and we were thrilled to see their efforts and sacrifices pay off,” she said.

Cheer coach Liz Gardiner said the teams were aiming to execute a strong and confident routine on the world’s floor.

SM Cheer and Dance, established in 2007, is the longest-running cheerleading program in WA.

The club has trained Team Australia Cheer in 2015 and Team Australia Pom Dance, 12th out of 20 teams at the world championships earlier this year.