Cheerleading worlds 2018 Results from Day one

A stand for advancing to finals

 

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CFHTT interview with Team England Para Pom athlete Abi Mellor

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Name Abi Mellor
Team  : Team England ParaCheer Freestyle Pom
Age : 20
Disability: Scoliosis
Career Goal: Successful Cheer and Dance Coach
Share something that makes you happy
Family and friends definitely make me happy. They help me with everything in my life and what I do would not be possible without them! Also coaching my younger teams makes me very happy, seeing them progress week by week and enjoy what they’re doing is very rewarding.
Which Para Team are you most excited to see and why? 
 I am looking forward to seeing all the ParaCheer teams however I’m really looking forward to see all of Team USA’s ParaCheer Teams.
How many years of experience do you have? 
 I have 11 years of cheerleading and dance experience.
Which teams are you currently a part of or have been part of in the past
I am currently apart of Rayz All-Stars Cheerleading Team as well as Team  England ParaCheer Freestyle Pom.
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What was it like when you attended try-outs for Team England Para Pom ? 
The standard of talent at tryouts was amazing, I remember stood there thinking was out of my depth. I have experience in Cheer and dance but I had never actually been on a Pom team!
Everyone was really lovely and was working together to practice and remember choreography which was nice and made me feel more at ease. It gave me a good idea of what training was going to be like if I was successful too, hard work but still fun.
Your favourite memory from being a part of Team England Para Pom 
My favourite memory with the team would be our first showcase which was at BCA Nationals. It was our first time showing the rest of the UK our routine and we were all nervous but we pulled it off as a team and the feeling at the end of that routine was something I can’t describe!
Describe the funniest thing that’s happen to you while you were at training
Since I’ve met the team we’ve always been laughing and joking and doing silly stuff. From bringing odd shoes or falling over and I’m pretty sure they’ll be more to come when were at worlds too!
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What advice would you give to someone who was scared to try-out for Team England Para this
My advice to anyone that is scared to tryout, don’t be!
Everyone is so welcoming and the whole team is just like a family, everyone supports you whether you have a disability or not and your not treated any differently.
The amount of fun we have at training as well as hard work is not something to be missed!
After Worlds, what will you miss about Team England Para and why
 I will miss the coaches and the team as whole. Over the months running up to worlds we have all become so close and formed real friendships, that I hope will last. It’s going to be very strange not seeing them!
What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2018?
I am most excited about representing my country at worlds with my amazing team, from being a little girl I never thought I would see the day I would be there actually competing!
Im excited to actually be there and watch all the teams I am usually watching on my laptop screen.
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CFHTT interview with Team England Para Hip Hop Sophie Leesey

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Name Sophie Leesey

Team: Team England Paracheer Hiphop

Age: 24 (25 on 13th April)

Disability: Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease, Endometriosis, Anxiety and Depression

Career Goal: To enjoy my work and still have independence at home with my conditions. I would love to become a manager so I can teach others and help them grow.

  • Share something that makes you happy:

The thing that makes me the happiest is seeing others happy and confident. I LOVE how everyone on our team has found their confidence to perform with sass and strong facials which we saw at BCA Nationals. It was so heartwarming to see this compared to our first training sessions where people were nervous and scared. Seeing my coaches cheering me on at the front of the mat makes me very happy!

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  • Which Para Team are you most excited to see and why?

I am so excited to see Para Pom compete, we trained alongside them at the beginning of the season and I was so impressed at how versatile the routine was for those with disabilities. The choreo is amazing and the athletes attitude is so positive, they won’t stop working hard until they get their well deserved gold medal at ICU.

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  • How many years of experience do you have?  

I have danced in hip hop and street for 11 years competing for medals, trophies with UDO, BCA, ICC, FC and Jamfest. I have competed in Cheerleading for 7 seasons. I have coached for 3 seasons.

  • Which teams are you apart of or have you been part of in the past?

I started cheerleading at Sheffield Hallam University where we got National Champions in Level 2 in my final year at ICC Nationals. This was amazing! I joined Intensity Cheer and Dance when it was created and have been on the hiphop team, levels 2-5 and have coached level 1 and open hip hop in the last few years.

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  • What was it like when you attended try-outs for Team England Para?

I was sooo nervous! I have also dreamt of competing at Worlds, so to have an opportunity to get on the team was really important to me. I worked so hard at tryouts I couldn’t walk for days, but I got on the team and that was my goal achieved.

 

  • Your favourite memory from being a part of Team England Para

My favourite memory was performing at BCA Nationals, where the crows was electric, I have never had such an amazing audience to perform at. It was so loud and made me enjoy the dance even more than usual!

  • Describe the funniest thing that’s happen to you while you were at training

We do a team warm up, and everyone chooses an exercise or stretch. Some of the movements my teammates come up with are hilarious to keep it fun.

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  • Are there any stunt/technique adaptations you make which you find especially interesting?

I love how our coaches have incorporated our disabilities into the routine. It’s especially great to see how Rebecca’s wheelchair is used for basing stunts, handstands and even when I tilt her to the floor so the choreo fits is just perfect!

  • What advice would you give to someone who was scared to try-out for Team England Para this year

DO IT! I was scared and unsure whether too, but it has been the best thing I have ever said yes to doing. I have had so much support from family and friends and have met the most courageous athletes in the country doing so. If you are still nervous, ask a friend to go with you, which I did and we listened to hip hop music all the way there which calmed me down and made me excited!

  • What will you miss about Team England Para and why

I will miss seeing my friends every training, making memories with people that inspire me to keep going no matter how much pain I am in. I have been given advice on my future and how to cope with my conditions from my teammates, I hope this doesn’t stop once worlds is over.

  • What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2018?

I am so excited to walk out on the stage for the Opening Ceremony. I have seen videos of the crowd roaring and I cannot wait to be a part of history by being the first Team England Para Hiphop team to compete at the ICU world championships.

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CFHTT interview with Team England Para athlete Eleanor Gribben

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Name: Eleanor Gribben

Team England ParaCheer Team: Unified Advance

Role: Back/ Base

Age: 25

Disability : Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid), my body can’t regulate its metabolism, body temperature, etc.

Cheer/Dance Career Goal/s: I would love to finally get my Back tuck and win Gold at worlds of course!

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Share something that makes you happy: My fiancé, Brad. This year I’m balancing; buying and selling a house, a part time masters, a full time job, planning our wedding, Team England Para Cheer and general life. None of that is possible without Brad making me smile when I’m stressed or making me laugh and he’s coming to support the team in Florida as well!

Which Para Team are you most excited to see and why?I’m excited to see HipHop teams from Kazakhstan and England compete! It’s really exciting seeing the Para Cheer divisions grow

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How many years of experience do you have?  7 years of cheer.

Which teams are you currently a part of or have been part of in the past?Currently because of working I am only on Team England Para Cheer. Finding a team that I can commit to whilst also working is a bit of a balance. Generally, I need to be able to train with a team on weekends and then make the time in the week to train myself.  Its hard to commit to another team as well as TEPC without clashes. I started cheering with Bristol Jets at university and then joined London Cheer Elite when I graduated.

What was it like when you attended try-outs for Team England ParaCheer?

I was blown away by how many people were there. I had said if I didn’t make the team this was my year to retire but I kept getting into the call backs and then couldn’t believe it when I made the team. Retiring from cheer now feels so far away after experiencing TEPC!

 

Your favourite memory from being a part of Team England ParaCheer?

Nailing some of the stunts we have in the routine has been a real highlight. Making the adaptations gives you a lot to think about! When everything clicks and you hit your stunt in training for the first time everyone cheers because you nailed it and they know how hard you’re trying.

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Describe the funniest thing that’s happen to you while you were at training?

I tend to grab flyers by their shorts or leggings when they start to fall so I can slow down the speed they fall at and try and pull them back into the stunt. One downside is the flyer gets a wedgie . However our new training kit ended up with me pulling one of our flyers’ leggings down and I threw myself on top of her to cover up her dignity. Our whole stunt group was on the floor laughing.

Are there any stunt/dance/technique adaptations you make which you find especially interesting?

One of our team has hearing difficulties and struggles to hear the music. The routine is so jam packed that we have to start after 5, 6,7, 8. I tap her arm to count her in and we try and really pronounce our counts during the routine as she can’t hear us or the music particularly well and this allows her to lip read whilst also stunting.

What advice would you give to someone who was scared to try-out for Team England Para this year?

Don’t hold yourself back go for it and really throw yourself into the tryouts. Traditional cheer is a fundamental part of the routine which we don’t really do in the UK. Bigger is better and really give it your all.

 

After Worlds, what will you miss about Team England Para and why?

The amazing people on the team. Every team is individual and will never be the same season to season. I LOVE my team including our amazing coaching team who never stop giving us their support and pushing us to be as awesome as we can be.

What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2018?

I can’t wait to be at worlds representing my country with my best friend who is on Team England Co-ed! We haven’t worn the same uniform for 4 years, since we were at university. It’s really special that we’ll be there to support each other!

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CFHTT interview with Team England Para Athlete Chris Roberts

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Name: Chris Roberts 

Team :  England ParaCheer Team: Unified Advance

Role: Base/Backspot

Age: 23

Disability : Type 1 diabetes

Career Goal/s: 

Represent my country on a world stage and show what England can put out in terms of cheer and Paracheer.

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Share something that makes you happy:

Helping and seeing people achieve their goals or overcome obstacles. When I got diagnosed with diabetes I had a lot of support from my family as I took the news very hard and felt like I wouldn’t be able to do anything. Now that I am older and have seen what I can do, I want to be there for others who may struggle and help them overcome whatever is stopping them. To see that person achieve what they once thought impossible is the best feeling and definitely brings a smile to my face.

 

Which Para Team are you most excited to see and why?

Team England Para Hip HopThat’s a hard one as I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone can put out. but if I had to choose one it would be hip-hop. I cant dance for toffee but if I could I would want to be able to do hip hop so seeing what those guys can do would be awesome!

 

How many years of experience do you have? 

I have been doing cheer since I was about 17, so I now have 6 years under my belt.

Which teams are you currently a part of or have been part of in the past? 

I’ve been part of a lot of small local teams. I started out on Plymouth Elite, a small level 3 open senior team and then joined the level 2 university team, Plymouth Storm as well. I also took on the mantle of health and safety for Storm and eventually President. I was then asked to step in for another local academy called Pride Renegades competing at senior level 1. Eventually Plymouth Elite and Pride Renegades merged to create the programme I am in now, Power Athletics.

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What was it like when you attended try-outs for Team England ParaCheer? 

I was quite nervous as I came from quite a small team and wasn’t really sure what was in store on the day. However when I arrived and met the coaches and other athletes I immediately felt relaxed. It was fun to move through all aspects of Paracheer, cheering was completely new to me but I really enjoyed it and had a great laugh with the others. When we went on to tumble I didn’t have any level appropriate tumble but I did the tumbles I could and asked how I could make them better. Stunting was another aspect I was worried about. I hadn’t done much partner stunting prior to tryouts so felt I may not be able to achieve what some of the other guys could, but once we started I calmed down, listened to what the coach was telling me to do, and did what I could. I managed to perform some skills that I hadn’t done before and found I was determined to not give up until I hit the skills I was trying.

Your favourite memory from being a part of Team England ParaCheer

I find this really hard to answer as every session with the team is amazing and full of great things. However, one thing that i’ve found at every session is the strong sense of family and team work. Bonding as a team and feeling that family vibe, that we all look out for each other and care for each other and seeing little things that show this, joking with each other, sharing food or drink if others need it and the overwhelming amount of concern and care if any athlete gets injured, that’s a memory that will stick with me.

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Describe the funniest thing that’s happen to you while you were at training

I think a long running ‘tradition’ that has been started probably makes me smile most, especially as it often happens to one athlete more than any other. If an athlete stands with hands on hips and you manage to clap through the loop created, they then have to standing tuck, flic or backward roll. Some of the coaches have even been caught and had to show off their tumble skills!

Are there any stunt/dance/technique adaptations you make which you find especially interesting?

I am currently doing my PT course, so seeing the adaptions for warm ups and workouts and how it allows the athletes to all train together are really interesting. I stunt with athletes in wheelchairs in our routine, so learning how to adjust my technique has been an experience I never thought I’d have. It has really shown me how important communication is in the sport and really pushed that understanding one another is key. Everyone is different, so what works for one person may not for the other, its all about communicating, adapting and overcoming. Also seeing adaptions for tumble has been really eye opening, realising that with some little changes or support, tumbles are still achievable.

What advice would you give to someone who was scared to try-out for Team England Para this year

Looking back on the days I now realise that you needn’t be scared to tryout. Trying out is a great way to learn new things and meet new people, and if you don’t make it on the team, you come away with some great experiences and knowledge. The best way to treat try outs is just like any other training session and put in 100% and leave it all on the mat.

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After Worlds, what will you miss about Team England Para and why

Everything! I’ll miss the other athletes as I don’t really live near anyone and have to travel a long way to get to any of their gyms. Im going to miss training together and how we trained as well. I loved doing the long hours of cheer every other Sunday and always came away from the sessions with a sense of achievement. I’ll miss the coaches a lot, they are a great team and their knowledge is amazing! They made me laugh but also knew when to take things seriously and get our heads back into training mode!

What are you most excited to experience at Worlds 2018?

This will be my first experience of Worlds, so I am excited for it all! To be in such a big venue with such talented athletes and teams will be amazing. Getting to see first-hand the routines that everyone has been working hard for and drilling for the chance to take home the mantle of World Champions will be such a highlight for me this year! I have a feeling I will have a shopping list of items from my local team that they will want me to bring back for them as well, so going around buying things for them will be really enjoyable!

 

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ICU Worlds running order Team England, Team Wales and Team Scotland

 

 

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Team England
Junior All Girl Advanced – 2.05pm Wednesday  UK TIME 7.05pm
Hip Hop Doubles – 10.42am Thursday  UK TIME 3.42pm
Coed Elite – 12.00am Thursday UK TIME 5.00PM 
Team Jazz Thursday – 2.00pm UK TIME 7.00 PM                

Team England Freestyle Pom 4.39pm UK TIME 9.39 PM                                                            
Team England Hip Hop 5.44pm UK TIME  10.44pm                                                               Unified ParaCheer Advanced  Thursday – 2.14pm  UK TIME 7.14PM
ParaCheer Unified Hip Hop Thursday – 2.28pm UK TIME  7.28PM 
ParaCheer Unified Pom Thursday – 3.18pm  UK TIME 8.18 PM 
Team Freestyle Pom Thursday – 4.39pm UK TIME  9. 39PM 
Team Cheer Hip Hop Thursday  – 5.44pm UK TIME 10.44PM 

 

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Team Scotland
Junior Freestyle Pom – 11.00am Wednesday    UK TIME 4PM 
Junior Hip Hop – 11.36am Wednesday UK TIME 4.36PM 
Junior All Girl Advanced – 2.44pm Wednesday  UK TIME 7.44PM 
Freestyle Pom Doubles – 9.24am Thursday UK TIME 2.24PM 
Hip Hop Doubles – 1.06pm Thursday  UK TIME 6.06PM 
All Girl Elite – 11.06am Thursday UK TIME 4.06PM 
Team Jazz – 3.14pm Thursday UK TIME  8.14PM 
Team Freestyle Pom – 5.03pm Thursday  UK TIME 9.03PM 
Team Cheer Hip Hop – 6.40pm Thursday UK TIME 11.40PM 

 

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Team Wales
Freestyle Pom Doubles – 11.14am Thursday  UK TIME 4.14PM 
Coed Elite – 10.36am Thursday  UK TIME 3.36PM 
Team Jazz – 2.16pm Thursday UK TIME 7.16PM 
ParaCheer Unified Pom – 3.26pm Thursday UK TIME 8.26PM 
Team Freestyle Pom – 6.28pm ThursdayUK TIME 11.28PM 

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