For the first time, the Energetic Edge Cheer Association will perform for something greater than a gold medal and some good memories. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or the previous competitions the association has gone to. But this Saturday, April 13, Energetic Edge will attend the first-annual B.C. Provincial Cheerleading Championship in Kamloops.
It’s hard to imagine that there’s never been a provincial championship before, but that’s the reality. The same goes for a national championship. Canada Cheer was run by the International All Star Federation, which also ran other national associations. Now, with the formation of Cheer Canada, each province is making a push to hold provincial championships, so that a national championship can be created in a couple years.
“We’re really excited to go. As soon as we heard about it, we made a point to go to the first one,” said Energetic Edge Coach Christina Brace. “It will be incredible to be there and feel the excitement, and see all the hard work that’s going into it.”
Brace and her fellow coaches are taking 36 performers to the competition: Elevate, the youth team; Empower, the junior team; and Esteem, a five-person team made up of athletes from both regular teams that does stunts only. Elevate and Elevate will ech do a two minute and 30 second routine, while Esteem will perform a one minute and 30 second routine.
There are 50 teams in total going to Kamloops for the competition, with more than 600 athletes expected to compete.
When Energetic Edge returns, it will begin winding down for the season, and preparing for its annual showcase on May 4, at 2 p.m., where all five teams will perform routines for the public. A raffle and silent auction will be held as well.
In May and June, the association is holding an Introduction to Cheer for anyone looking to try it out ahead of next season and see what’s involved. Information can be found on the Energetic Edge Facebook Page.
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