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CHEERLEADER Megan Bee will be spending the next few weeks hard at work with her team mates after they were selected to take part in the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida in April.
Dubbed the ‘Cheerleading Olympics’, Year 8 Megan says ‘the Worlds’ are the ultimate in competition with her team Killer Queens – the senior team at the East Midlands Cheerleading Academy (EMCA) – competing for the very first time.
Thirteen-year-old Megan, the youngest in the team, currently trains three times a week for around six hours, but expects that to increase over coming weeks as they fine tune their routine for the competition.
She said: “We have to do a routine that is exactly two minutes 30 seconds long so each move has to be practised so everything is spot on.”
Alongside their extra training, the team have also been hard at work fundraising, in a bid to raise the £2,000 each which attending the Worlds will cost. (There is no funding for cheerleading events as it is not a sport recognised by Sport England).
So far the girls have been holding bake sales and putting on coaching sessions for the younger cheerleaders, but still have some way until they reach their target.
Competing against teams from across the world, including USA, Canada, Spain and China, Megan says EMCA are likely to be the underdogs in the Worlds, but she remains optimistic.
Megan has been cheerleading for the past five years and taken part in numerous competitions around the UK. There are also a number of competitions over coming weeks, all of which could lead to another spot in future world championships.
And with cheerleading designated as an Olympic sport for 2024, cheerleader Megan clearly has it all to play for. We wish her luck!