Cheerleaders are underestimated, under-valued and often dismissed as non-athletes. Though this may be true of the typical school cheerleader, the world of all-star competitive cheerleading is so much more. Having been a competitive cheerleader since the age of four, I can say with complete conviction that we are athletes who train year round and possess elite level gymnastic skills, speed, agility, and super human strength all while looking perky and happy; even when we are plagued by injury! Through my training as a competitive cheerleader I have been taught the importance of working as a team, discipline, commitment, self-confidence and perseverance.
My dream would be to own my own gym someday to instill these core values in other young girls! It is so important for young girls in our society to establish these foundations and to eventually become well-rounded role models and a driving force in our communities.