CHEERLEADING isn’t all about skimpy outfits and pom poms, according to WA Young Achievers Award nominee Stephanie Pyke.
The Booragoon resident owns a cheerleading business in Myaree called TNT All Stars and in just three years has attracted nearly 300 athletes.
She has worked hard to break down the stereotypes surrounding the sport.
“Typically people think of the skimpy outfits, pom poms and vocal cheers at football games,” she said.
“The sport of cheerleading is growing at a rapid speed internationally.
“It involves tumbling, stunts, jumps and dance.
“Teams usually have 10 to 35 athletes, who all make up one routine that is performed against other teams at the same level.
“It is the ultimate team sport that relies on every person on the team to achieve success.
“It is extremely athletic and influences teamwork and confidence.”
Stephanie herself has competed in several World Championships for cheerleading and won two silver medals.