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CheerCore Growing Strong (Posted On: Saturday, July 09, 2011)

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Over the past two years, CheerCore Collingwood has begun to build a name for itself both within the community of Collingwood and in the world of competitive cheerleading. Going into our third season, we are looking to do more than just place well at competitions; we want to become a part of the community, and we want to break down the misconceptions that are commonly associated with our sport.

This past year was a breakthrough season for the CheerCore Chameleons. We had a total of 3 competitive teams, and we had the pleasure of watching each team grow, achieve their goals, and bond throughout the year. It wasn’t always easy, but the athletes who represented our gym at Nationals finished out the season on a high note.

Our Senior Gold team made waves in their division when they wowed the crowd with their incredible stunting skills. They ended their year with a nearly flawless routine that earned them a 4th place finish. This team performed the most challenging skills of all of our teams, and by the end of the season, their scores were neck-and-neck with many of the “big gyms” in the industry.

Our Senior Green team showed an incredible amount of heart and were undoubtedly our most-improved team this year. At their first competition (Cheer for the Cure in Oshawa, Ontario), the team found themselves in 6th place out of eight teams, and were forced to pull out of their next competition because their skills were not at a high enough calibre to compete. After they learned a tough lesson about the commitment level that is required from top-notch athletes, they came back with a vengeance and won their division at the GLCC Northern Cup Championship, and also earned an incredible 2nd place finish at Nationals.

Finally, our most accomplished team of the season would have to be the CheerCore Juniors. This team ran undefeated for nearly the entire season, placing second only at their very first competition of the year. Our juniors earned CheerCore our very first National Championship title, and created a name for themselves in the Small Junior Level 2 division. They put two flawless runs on the floor at Nationals and served as an inspiration to their fellow Chameleons.

In addition to our strong placements in the team divisions, we also earned two National Championship titles in the Junior Level 3 and Senior Level 5 all-girl specialty stunt divisions. Our Junior 3 team consisted of four girls who practiced all year long to achieve stunting skills that went above and beyond what was required of them on the level 2 team that they practiced with weekly. Similarly, five of our senior athletes pushed themselves to be able to compete in the most challenging level offered for their age group and took home the win!

Our program has accomplished so much in such a small amount of time, and we have so much to look forward to in the future. CheerCore has found a brand new home in a 10,000 square foot facility that we share with Head Over Heels Gymnastics. With access to equipment and gym time that was not available to us in the past, we know that this year is going to be better than ever. In 2011-2012, we hope to continue to represent Collingwood to the absolute best of our ability. We know that we have what it takes to be the best, but the coaches have a vision for our gym that includes more than trophies and banners; we want our athletes to be true ambassadors of our sport. We want to show the community that competitive cheer is a sport, and that our training has nothing to do with cheering other teams on. This season, our focus is becoming a respected part of the community.

"We are willing to do demonstrations at local schools and charity events, so please don’t hesitate to send any inquiries to info@cheercorecollingwood.com. We are also actively looking for sponsors to help our Senior Gold team with travel to Indianapolis to attend "Jamfest Indy" in mid-January. This season, we have assembled a team of very talented athletes, and we would really like them to take a shot at earning a title in the USA. We truly feel that we have the talent and the work ethic to compete with the best, but in order to get there, we need some help from the community! If you would like to know more about our program, please visit our site. If you would like to find out more about sponsoring one of our teams, please email the head coach (Sam Thomas) at sam@cheercorecollingwood.com." 

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