Cheer Nova Sco­tia provin­cials set for this week­end in Syd­ney

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Cheer­lead­ers from across Nova Sco­tia will be in Cape Bre­ton this week­end for the an­nual Cheer Nova Sco­tia pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships.

The pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment will take place on Satur­day and Sun­day at Cen­tre 200 in Syd­ney with 80 teams from across the prov­ince par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Among the 80 teams tak­ing part in the event, Cape Bre­ton will be rep­re­sented by four cheer­lead­ing pro­grams in­clud­ing the host Cape Power Cheer, Premier Cheer All-Stars, Rich­mond Cheer Ath­let­ics and Fu­sion Cheer All-Stars.

Rita Fudge, Cape Power’s cheer­lead­ing direc­tor, said the pro­gram placed a bid to host this year’s tour­na­ment last May.

“It is im­por­tant to be able to grow our sport and for the gen­eral pub­lic to re­al­ize what cheer­lead­ing ac­tu­ally is,” she said. “There is such a big mis­con­cep­tion about what the ath­letes ac­tu­ally do.”

The tour­na­ment will fea­ture per­for­mance teams as well as com­pet­i­tive teams, lev­els one through six. Ath­letes range from three years old to 30-plus. There will also be a per­for­mance from a Hal­i­fax par­ent’s team as well.

“All-star cheer­lead­ing is not pom­poms and we no longer ac­tu­ally say a cheer,” said Fudge. “It is ex­tremely ath­letic and re­quires a lot of ded­i­ca­tion from the ath­letes as well as trust in one another.”

The cost of host­ing the tour­na­ment is be­tween $30,000-$40,000, paid through tour­na­ment en­trance fees.

Fudge hopes the com­mu­nity will sup­port the event through­out the week­end.

“Fans can ex­pect an ac­tion packed show from be­gin­ning to end — rou­tines are very en­ter­tain­ing and filled with gym­nas­tics,” said Fudge. “Not very often some­thing this largescale is in town and you don’t want to miss a chance to see the prov­inces best ath­letes go head-to­head for a pro­vin­cial ti­tle.”

Doors open for the tour­na­ment at 8:30 a.m., both Satur­day and Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $10 per day or $18 for the en­tire week­end.

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