Pair of Silver Medals Come Home to the PCG

Athletes and Coaches from the Power Cheer Gym represented Canada at the 2019 International Cheer Union World Championships in Orlando, Florida. The Junior Coed Team, featuring athletes from Adrenaline and Surge, along with athletes from Bluewater Cheerleading Athletics in Sarnia rocked the HP Field House and brought home Canada's first medal of the event, earning a Silver Medal. The team was coached Kaitlyn Harvey and Garrett Skinn from the PCG along with Sarah Faubert and Jodie Bore from BCA.

Later that week, Team Canada Coed Premier brought down The Arena at ESPN with an incredible performance that had the crowd on its feet well after the team left the floor. Many in attendance have said it was the loudest they have ever heard the building (and dang it was loud). The Coed team featured many athletes and alumni from Western Coed. The team was coached by Trace, along side Sandy Han (Kingston Elite) and former Mustang/PCG Coach (now PCT Owner) Nicole Myers-Pugh.

The PCG/Western All Girl also had athletes on Team Canada All-Girl Premier. Mustangs Teya Craik and Kayla Taylor along with Harvey represented Canada.

Team Canada Junior Coed

Together with Bluewater Cheer Athletics in Sarnia, we are happy to announce that we will be representing Canada this April in Orlando, Florida, at the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships.

How it all came to be...
Rewind to September, athletes from both programs came together in Sarnia to form RedOps II with high hopes of wearing the Red and White in April. The first step in the journey was to film a 5 minute video that demonstrated elite level tumbling, stunting, basket tosses and pyramids. Selections came in from across the Nation, with the top 3 teams being selected.

In December it was announced that the team was one of the top 3 programs selected. Together with teams from Alberta and Nova Scotia, they were tasked with putting together a routine that included a cheer portion and a 2:30 routine that demonstrated skills executed in their first video submission.

Three days of practice and two days of filming (to get that perfect routine), their video was submitted for judges across the country to evaluate. After weeks of waiting, it was announced on January 27th that the team formerly known as RedOps, will now be known as Team Canada Junior Coed.

A huge thank you to all of our parents for driving athletes to London and Sarnia for practices. For cheering them on while we filmed and keeping them motivated when things weren't going their way. Without you and your support, this all wouldn't possible. THANK YOU!

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Exciting New Program Ahead!

September means Back-To-Cheerleading, and the Power Cheer Gym is ready for a great season. PCG Viper teams start at 5 years old (Tiny/Mini) and run all the way up through Youth (7-11), Junior (8-14), Senior (12-18) and past University to the ‘Open’ division (17-Adult). There are four different levels of competitive teams, and novices are always welcome. The Vipers Special Needs program will also be starting their fifth year on September 8.

Sadly, there are no longer any competitive or stunt-based cheer teams at London high schools, but PCG is open and ready for all levels of high schoolers looking to get involved in this demanding and diverse performance sport. It is never too late to start Power Cheering. Call now: 5196670565

 

The Academy

NEW at the PCG at this year is The Academy, which we are proud to introduce. It’s an exciting new acrobatics, aerial arts and dance program that promises to be an awesome addition to the lineup at the PCG.

The Academy will offer a year-round program for committed members of its performance team, as well as casual drop-in classes and specialty workshops open to the public. Members of the team will follow a structured acrobatic, aerial and dance syllabus, with their efforts culminating in live performances and participation at various dance competitions around Ontario.

Program Director Meaghan Wegg attended the National Circus School in Montreal and obtained diplomas in Circus Arts Performance and Professional Circus Coaching. Meaghan toured globally with Cirque du Soleil, The Seven Fingers, and various other international companies, and she’s now focused on coaching the next generation of dancers and acrobats through her work as Division Manager at Acrobatic Arts. Meaghan is also the founder of Move With The Beat dance competitions, and she looks forward to sharing her experience at The Academy @ Power Cheer Gym.

The Academy launches September 10. For more information, email Meaghan.coaching@gmail.com.

It’s Never Too Late!

At Power Cheer Gym, we are often asked, “Is it too late” for my daughter/son to start cheerleading? The answer is, “Almost never.” And here are a few scenarios:

1. We missed the tryouts — can we still find a place on a team and register?

Answer: YES – absolutely. We hold ‘tryouts’ in the spring and again in September as a general call to get athletes interested, enrolled and started on teams and classes, but the reality is that we place athletes on teams ALL year long. Tryouts are actually just a group evaluation session and we will always arrange a time to fit in individuals who contact us throughout the summer.

2. My daughter/son is no longer involved in gymnastics. Is it too late for her to start cheerleading?

Answer: No – cheerleading is often the next sport or follow-up sport for kids who have left gymnastics (and acro-dance). The best part is that their gym training will carry over very well, and they almost always enter cheerleading with well-developed skills, strength and body awareness. We loooove ex-gymnasts, and they loooove the team atmosphere.

3. I am hoping to cheer at university, but my high school doesn’t have a cheerleading team. Is it too late to start, and what are my chances?

Answer – Probably very good – but you need to start now. The reality is that there are very few high school cheer teams left in Ontario (and almost none in the London region). A high school student can absolutely begin their cheerleading even at the age of 14-16 and, given the right environment, they can reasonably expect to eventually earn a spot on a collegiate squad.

The Power Cheer Gym is home to three of the strongest collegiate cheer programs in the nation (Western University Coed and All-Girl, and the Fanshawe College Black Falcons). And of the close to 80 team members, well over three-quarters of them did not start cheerleading until they were in high school. Similarly, of the 27 members of the Canadian National Coed team that won a bronze medal at the World Championships in April, only six members had cheered before they were in high school. (Note: this team trained exclusively at the Power Cheer Gym and had 10 members from the Western squad). Clearly, it is never too late to start cheerleading!

The Power Cheer Gym offers low-cost recreational ‘Cheer 101’ summer classes, as well as competitive and recreational half-year teams (ages 5 to 17). Click on the Programs button up top, or drop in to the gym any weekday evening in the summer!