Full ups and double downs are no sweat for Warriors cheerleaders, who’ve just returned home from the Gold Coast with more wins.
If you thought cheerleading was only big in America, think again. It’s popular not only in Australia, but in our very own city.
“There’s a place for everyone in All Star Cheer. It’s a team-oriented sport that teaches commitment, perseverance, trust, resilience and so much more,” says Leah Buchanan, coach and owner of the North Queensland Warriors Cheerleading (NQWC) gym.
“Our competition teams travel all over the country and the globe to take part in the biggest and best cheer competitions in the world. The majority of our athletes (aged four up to 28) love stunting, but there are also quite a few who live to tumble.
“We’re the perfect place to come to be pushed to your absolute best but in a safe, supportive and loving environment.”
NQWC teams have recently returned home from the Gold Coast after a very successful weekend at the Australian All Star Cheer Federation’s Queensland battle.
“We’re the perfect place to come to be pushed to your absolute best but in a safe, supportive and loving environment.” – Leah Buchanan
All of the 10 routines they entered over the weekend placed in the Top 3, with three out of four of their cheer teams taking out their divisions. Two of the teams were highest-scoring in their levels (Grand Champions) and won bids (invitations) to the Australasian Pinnacle competition, held the day after nationals in November.
NQWC has been running as a club (out of PCYC) since 2010 and moved into its own premises in 2014. The new headquarters, in Turnbull Street, Garbutt, is Townsville’s only dedicated Cheer and Tumble gym with experienced coaches qualified up to the highest levels.
For your chance to see the Warriors in action, come along to the Murray Basketball Stadium on 7 and 8 October where teams from as far north as Weipa and as far south as Brisbane will compete. NQWC are currently reigning Cheer & Dance Grand Champions of this competition (FNQ Cheer & Dance Championships).
“Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to take part in a free trial class to experience the sport first-hand,” says Leah.
“We have teams for all different ages and experience levels, from one hour of training a week with no competing to five or more hours a week and four or five competitions a year.”