Team: Team England Paracheer Freestyle Pom
Career Goal: To win Gold at Worlds 2019
Instagram name @kat_morgan23
What does it mean to you to represent your country?
It sounds so cheesy but you really do feel like you are part of something special and I think everyone should be proud of themselves with what they have achieved in all the England teams.
How many years have you be on Team England for e.g. first year, second year etc
This is my first year!
Why did you want to try out for Team England Para Pom?
I was always a bit too nervous to audition but to be honest….. I am getting on a bit and I don’t know how long till I fully retire from the cheer world so I thought it is now or never. I have a lot of friends on different England Teams past and present and seeing how much they have accomplished gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and audition.
Name a quote that keeps you motivated.
Progress, not perfection.
It is so important to not get frustrated or disheartened and just to realise that every time you try something new you will get a little bit better at it.
Favourite skills e.g cheer stunt, tumble or dance move.
I love Calypso!
Share something that makes you happy
Training with my friends, not just the ones from my cheer academy but the new ones I have made on the team. Everyone is so supportive and we really push each other to be the best we can be.
Which Para Team are you most excited to see and why?
I am most excited to see Team England Paracheer. There is a girl called Beth on the team and we became friends when she came to a Para Cheer workshop we held at our cheer academy so to see her compete with Team England will be so exciting! We always see each other at the competitions she works at and she is so supportive of my Cheer and dance teams so I can’t wait to turn the tables and be able to show my support for her.
How many years of experience do you have in your field?
I have danced since I was 7 but I started Pom 3 years ago
Which team are you apart of or have you been previously a part of?
I am currently part of TCA Vixens Pom and TCA Wolves Hip Hop.
What was it like when you attended try-outs for Team England Para Pom?
I was a little nervous I won’t lie but the coaches really made you feel at ease and everyone that attended was very supportive of each other.
Your favourite memory from being a part of Team England Para.
The moment we got our uniforms at our first showcase was a big one for me. I remember the feeling when we all out them on for the first time, everyone had their hair and makeup done and I think at that moment we properly felt like a team.
Describe the funniest thing that happened to you while you were at training. –
I can’t really pick one, I think something funny happens at every training session. There is always one moment where everyone is having a giggle, it’s such a lovely atmosphere!
What does Worlds mean to you? –
When I first started cheer and dance I never thought that I would be competing at Worlds so to actually be flying out in a few weeks is mind-blowing. My coaches from my home team are flying out to support us, all my friends will be watching at home and I just can’t wait to show everyone how far we have all come.
What advice would you give to someone who was scared to try-out for Team England this year?
Don’t be, I know that is not original but genuinely I was so nervous and put it off for a couple of seasons but once I went to the audition I realised that there was nothing to be scared off, everyone was so lovely and I was just annoyed at myself that I hadn’t tried sooner.
What will you miss about Team England and why?
I am going to miss training with my teammates and coaches so much. I definitely feel like I have progressed so much with the help of my coaches and it will be weird to not have it to look forward to.
What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2019?
I literally cannot wait to go out on to that floor with my team, make our coaches proud and show everyone what we can do. Every year I sneakily watch all the routines at work so I am so excited to be able to actually experience the atmosphere in the arena whilst we are competing.
Name a team from the United Kingdom and internationally that you are most excited to watch and explain why?
I cannot wait to watch our England coaches compete with Red Hot Flames and my TCA coach compete with Cheer Force 10 and Team England Jazz. Our coaches give us so much encouragement and I cannot wait to show my support for them because they are all such beautiful dancers. Also, I cannot wait to watch Energizers because they are just amazing!