Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Cheerleaders from the University of Worcester were crowned Grand Champions at the British Cheerleading Association's 2012 University National Championships on as they back-flipped their way to the title.
The Worcester Sinners Cheerleaders competed against university squads from around the country at the Telford International Centre in front of 2,000 spectators, where they impressed the panel of international judges.
Captain Hannah Porter, aged 20, said: “I’m extremely proud of all of the squad for coming together as a team and fighting to get every part of the routine perfect. In the recent months we have had a lot of hurdles to overcome, which makes this win even more important to each of us.
“Before, we could only dream about winning the title. We have come out of nowhere to be on top. We had been looking at that huge trophy all day and never even thought we had a chance.”
The squad took 25 cheerleaders to the Championships and showed their dedication to the competition by staying behind at university for their first week of the Easter break to practice every day, a move that paid off.
“We’ve been competing since with the British Cheerleading Association since 2008 but have never placed in cheer before,” added Hannah. “We have always struggled with our tumbling so mainly tried to concentrate on our strengths and we worked extremely hard and proved to ourselves that we can do it.”
With a record number of squads competing in this year's Championships, cheerleading in Britain is on the rise.
Derek Kent, Director of the BCA, said: “The standard of cheerleading is improving year upon year and we are seeing our membership increase all the time. The University Nationals is always one of the highlights of the year and everyone enjoyed watching the Worcester Sinners perform a great routine.”