The Energetic Edge cheer team returned from a competition in March, and was about to compete in provincials just weeks later, when the season was closed due to the pandemic. The team was unable to practice from March 11 until mid-September, since schools declined to have outside groups use their facilities during this time (the Edge previously practiced at the Dr. Kearney gymnasium).
Now in their own space and building since September 23, the Edge are back practicing to be the best cheer team in the North.
Head coach Christina Brace said they've had to start from scratch as it's been so long since the teams have cheered, but that the kids are progressing nicely.
"The kids love being back. It's a little different but they love having their own gym and a place to finally hang their banners up," said Brace.
Like most groups, the cheerleaders have to wear masks into the building, and during routines where they can't socially distance. That means the stunt team has to wear a mask. The matts are sanitized after each practice as well.
It's a small inconvenience if it means the teams can practice again. There are no in-person events scheduled for the time being, but the Edge will be competing in virtual events in the coming months.
"Virtual events are nice because we can compete in events we wouldn't normally get to because of how far away they are, and against other teams we haven't seen before," Brace said.
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