Celebrating all things Team England !!

Today is the day that Team England Coed, All girl, Team England Para Cheer, Para Pom , Hip Hop and Free style Pom take to the floor. To celebrate this amazing achievement we will be posting their routines from 2016 to get us pumped for the epic performances we are about to see today.

 

 

 

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CFHTT interview with Team England Para Cheer athlete Gwenllian Evans

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Name: Gwenllian Evans (Gwen)

Which Team: Team England ParaCheer

Role: Flyer

Age: 24

Disability: I had a haemorrhagic stroke in 2014, when I was 21, due to a rare congenital disorder which gives me an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in my brain that are very fragile and prone to rupture. This happened to me just after a cheer training session, and gave me a brain haemorrhage!¬†The stroke led to cognitive and learning difficulties, which makes it very hard to keep up with the pace on non-disabled teams. My physical and mental concentration is limited to about 20 minutes, after which my brain will “reset” and I space out for a bit – sometimes even in the middle of a stunt. In addition, the thing in my brain that caused me to have a stroke is still there and I am at risk of having another stroke if I invert, raise the pressure in my neck/brain too much, have too much repeated impact and move my neck too fast. This means no inverted stunts, no baskets, no tumbles, no jumps and limited dance movement for me!

Career Goal: I’m a medical student at King’s College London. I’m about to qualify as a doctor in July 2017, and since I was 6 I have always wanted to specialise as a neurosurgeon. Now that I have become a neurosurgical patient myself, I can’t NOT be a neurosurgeon!

18033032_10154294634957063_6106444174357547254_nShare something that makes you happy: Cheer, baking, my friends and family!

Share something most people don‚Äôt know about you: I have really long arms! Even though I’m shorter than my bases I can reach high enough to be their backspot.

How many years’ cheer/dance experience do you have? I started at University in 2010.

Which cheer/dance teams are you part of or have you been part of in the past? Kings College London (KCL) Lions (University team) from 2010 ‚Äď 2014 and London City Stars from 2013 until mid-2014. My stroke happened 6 months into being on this team.

Why did you want to join Team England ParaCheer/Pom?
I was devastated when my cheer career was ended by something I did not decide on. When my surgeons gave me the go ahead to start light exercise again, I knew I would never be able to cheer properly ever again – so I started coaching instead. But it really, really hurt to be watching cheer and not doing cheer! I was so inspired by the great things TEPC was doing for other people in a similar situation to me and thought it would be an amazing thing to be a part of. I did get offered a place on Team England ParaCheer last year, but I couldn’t commit due to university exams.

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What‚Äôs your favourite part of being on Team England ParaCheer/Pom? 17992142_10154704942401633_1747350993727036203_nSeeing the joy on all of the athletes’ faces when we achieve skills and stunts we never thought we would have the opportunity to even try.

Are there any stunt/technique adaptations you make which you find especially interesting? Any adaptations that have been made for the wheelchair users – especially full ups!

What have you learnt while being a part of this team? How much potential every single one of us has – and there are ways to unlock them all by being creative, no matter what the disability or not.

What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2017? The feeling of walking onto the Worlds mat and seeing Worlds from the other side of the banner and curtains!

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Team England Para Cheer T-shirts available this weekend

Hey guys,
Para Cheer T-shirts will be available this weekend at Legacy Cheer and Dance  Inspire Greatness in Cardiff!
If you would like to purchase a t-shirt(s) (available in sizes Youth Medium, Youth Large, Adult Small & Adult Medium) they are £12 each

All profits from these sales go to Para Cheer International’s work developing the Para Cheer ¬†division and our national ¬†Para Cheer teams

 

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“Let’s Go England!”

Joanna Gamper,     is part of the management Team for Team England Para Cheer. Joanna is trying to raise money to go to Worlds with Team England ParaCheer and she need your help with her sponsorship challenge!
Please learn to sign “Let’s Go England!” with the video below , then video yourself doing it and send it to me at LetsGoEnglandParaCheer@outlook.com for inclusion in my challenge to get at least 100 people signing a good luck message to the teams! If you wish to¬† sponsore¬† Joanna follow the link here : http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ParaCheerJoey

 

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CFHTT interview with Rick the creator of Team England Para Cheer

Rick Rodgers

Hi Guys,

Today we are interviewing founder and creator of Team England Para Cheer.

Rick took an idea and made it reality, Rick performed his ‚ÄúWheelchair Partner Stunt‚ÄĚ routine at the Cheerleading Worlds back in 2011 . He displayed a high level¬† of cheerleading stunts from a disabled athlete encourage the¬† ICU to consider a new division for cheer

13036339_10154322558328287_1400186676_oRick’s passion and determination caused the The International Cheerleading Union (ICU) to invite him and his organisation (ParaCheer International) to bring an integrated team of disabled and non-disabled athletes, to showcase at the Worlds this month. CFHTT knows this is the start of something special the start of¬† a new division in cheer.

Rick is a base and his disability is that he has complex Regional Pain Syndrome (both legs)

Hi Rick

Hi CFHTT

Why did you want to join Team England ParaCheer?

Initially I was debating with the other coaches whether I should be in the routine or not. After try-outs we saw that there weren’t any other wheelchair users and felt that was something worth while showcasing on the floor, how a wheelchair user can be included in group stunts, so the decision was to have me perform with the team. I’m really pleased actually because it means that I finally have a full sized team again that I’m fully part of, something I have missed in the last 7 years since my accident and subsequent disability.

What’s your favourite part of being on Team England ParaCheer?

I love seeing the team come together and work through the difficulties each of them have in a productive and cooperative way. No-one is excluded because of their differences and if anything is challenging be it a disabled or non-disabled athlete everyone cheers them on and gives advice so we all build together and learn from each other. Obviously seeing my dream come to life in such a vivid and exciting way is also very special.

Are there any stunt/technique adaptations you make or are a part of which you find especially interesting? (tell us about it and why its interesting)

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Obviously all of the adaptations are fascinating for me as every time we learn something new we can add it to the rep to help any others coming after us start from a place of better understanding. My personal favourite of the adaptations I use however is during a group stunt section, when the other flyers all do a twist cradle, we do a full down because I can’t safely catch cradles sitting in my chair. Another adaptation to the routines as a whole that we’ve had to include is extra time in the transitions because it takes me longer to undo and redo my breaks and to travel across the floor than everyone else.

We would like to say thank you for all your hard work,your are inspiration to CFHTT and hundreds of people out their.

Thank you for sitting down with us Rick and good luck at Worlds 2016

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Who made Team England Para Cheer 2016?

 

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Hey  Guys

It have just been announced who has made Team England Para Cheer!! We are so happy that this dream has finally becoming a reality and Para Cheer has our support 100%

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Here is the list of names

David Knowles
Deb Roach
Diane McKenzie
Emily Alner
Emily Hill
Katy Morris
Leila Reid
Lexy Amajoutt
Marcus Shepheard
Meg Stanbridge
Melissa Jones
Nadine Ashcroft
Rick Rodgers
Scott Archibald
Scott Kelleher
Simon Manning
Steph Malfatti
Tori Gillett
Zoe Dehnert

Team England Cheer will be showcasing at the ICU worlds in the new ParaCheer division, these athletes will be making cheerleading history!
Over 40% of the athletes on this team have some form of disability.

What do you think of team Para Cheer comment below

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