SAFETY Bay Senior High School’s Cheer Dance Specialist Program students will be travelling to the US to take part in separate International Cheer and Dance Championships.
Victoria Wilcox, Linelle Hunt, Jade Nadilo and Taylor Edgar will be representing Team Australia in the International Cheerleading Union World Championships in Orlando, Florida from April 24 to 26. They will be part of the Weapons Cheer team formed with members of Toxic Cheerleading.
They successfully won the bid to represent Australia in the International Cheerleading Union World Championships, after taking out first place at the National Aussie Gold Cheer and Dance Championships last year.
Victoria Wilcox who is a flyer for the Weapons team, said they had been training hard for the past few months in the lead up to the championships.
“It is quite nerve-wracking, but also exciting at the same time, as it is a whole new experience for me and some of my team members,” she said.
“In the Cheer-Dance Specialist Program we train on a dead floor, which is what we will also be competing on at the International Cheerleading Union World Championships so this has been a big help in my preparation.”
The team from Toxic Cheerleading along with fellow students Isabelle Wilcox and Amber Ellis, will also be competing at the USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds from April 27 to 29.
Year 9 student Amber Ellis who is competing in the Poms and Contemporary Dance categories at the USASF Worlds said it was great opportunity to be part of an international competition.
“It is a whole new level of competing, and we started a whole new routine from scratch for this competition so I am a little nervous, but I am glad I am part of the Cheer-Dance Program to help reinforce my techniques,” she said.
Another group of students, are also headed to Orlando with their local club Edge Flight Allstars Port Kennedy to compete in the Summit All Star Cheerleading Championship from May 2 to 5.
Year 7 student Jaya Shearer, Year 8 student Olivia Mills, Year 9 student Madison Smith and Year 10 student Jasmine Stanley are part of the Xenica team who will be competing in the Junior Level 3 competition at the Summit Championship after winning a fully paid bid at the All Things Cheer Competition last year.