Late in my 3rd year of University, I completed an application for a government grant through the Summer Company program. Thankfully, I was approved and was able to run a cheerleading camp in the Town of Collingwood during the summer of 2009.
I had anticipated an enrollment of approximately 20 athletes… When I registered 40+ athletes and saw their progress throughout the summer, I knew that I had to keep the program running. Since that summer, CheerCore has grown to a tight-knit family of nearly 100 athletes. We have 79 athletes enrolled in our competitive programs, where we have teams in levels 1, 2, 3, and 4.2. We also hold recreational classes for athletes who want to try the sport, but aren’t quite ready to make the full commitment required of a competitive team member. To date, our teams have acquired several Provincial and National titles, have competed in the USA twice, and have really started to build a name for the gym within the Canadian cheerleading industry. Recently, our advanced teams traveled to UCA Internationals in Orlando, Florida and were the only Canadian teams to place in the top 3 of their divisions.
Looking to the future, we hope to hire more coaches so that we can offer more programs to suit athletes of all ages and skill levels. One day, we would like to get our athletes’ tumbling skills up to level 5 so that we could compete to earn a bid to attend The Cheerleading Worlds. Ultimately, taking a senior aged team (10-18) to Worlds would be a huge achievement for us and it is a goal that we are continually working towards!