When I moved from Birmingham to Cardiff in order to do my journalism degree the advice I received from almost everyone who had also made the cross country move was that joining a club was essential in making as many new friends as possible, and enriching my university experience. So I turned up as a young timid fresher to the sports fayre unsure of what it was I wanted to do. I had a strong dance background and in fact did an A level in dance, which for anyone who took it knows how hard it is and it sort of sucks the life out of the fun side of dance. As a result I decided I wanted to do something a bit more fun with my skills so when I saw the cheer stand it seemed like the perfect way to go. It was so nerve wracking turning up for try outs on my own as I'm naturally a very shy person especially when it comes to meeting new people, but luckily I made the squad! The first few training sessions felt incredibly awkward but I soon got into the swing of things. In the end the advice is some of the best I have ever received, cheer has been such a big part of university for me. I've met some of my best friends on the squad and couldn't imagine university life without them!
The weekend was made extra special by my Mum and sister coming to support me. It was mothering Sunday so I was able to give my Mum her present and thank her for being the amazing Mum that she is! Travelling from Birmingham to Nottingham to cheer me on being a prime example of what an excellent woman and Mum she is and always has been. My Mum deleted the picture with me and her because she weren't happy with her appearance; vain... but here is me and my sister on Sunday evening before I had to say goodbye!
After returning from my cheer weekend at ICC nationals I began to get cheer withdrawal symptoms so watched an entire series of Cheerleaders. It is a Youtube series which follows the defending level 5 Grand Champions California all stars Smoed on their road to worlds. Here is the first episode (WARNING: this show is scarily addictive):
If you're interested in finding out more about my cheer experiences then I am going to be doing a future blog post about whether cheer should be considered a sport. What do you think about the cheer world?