Ev­ery year this team gets bet­ter and bet­ter

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

Please al­low me the space to com­ment on the per­for­mance of the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Sen­tinels Cheer­lead­ing team at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion on June 6 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay.

The event was hosted by the New­found­land and Labrador Cheer­lead­ing Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion.

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate had ac­tu­ally reached the high­est di­vi­sion in cheer­lead­ing in the prov­ince and I am ab­so­lutely proud of them. They were the only high school team in the prov­ince to en­ter the Level 4 di­vi­sion and I know they worked hard for that.

They worked from Novem­ber un­til June to learn their stunts, put to­gether their rou­tine and get ready to com­pete.

They prac­ticed three times a week and even in­cluded an early morn­ing, be­fore school, prac­tice. The team was made up of 32 in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing one male, Adam Butt, who took the MVP award at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Their rou­tine con­sisted of dance, jumps, gym­nas­tics, and of course stunts. You can view a video of their com­pe­ti­tion rou­tine at t he foll o w i n g : http://www.face­book.com/pro­file.php?id=50 9597510&v=app_2392950137#!/video/video. php?v=10150205444720704

The Sen­tinels placed first in the Level 4 di­vi­sion. It was two dif­fer­ent firsts for them - it is the first time this team has ac­tu­ally en­tered in the Level 4 di­vi­sion, and it is the first time they have ever taken first place at the pro­vin­cial cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion since they started com­pet­ing in 2003.

This was also the first year that Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate had a male cheer­leader, and we are very proud to say that he re­ceived MVP for that com­pe­ti­tion.

It is a very big deal to the team and as a coach I am com­pletely proud of ev­ery­thing they did and ac­com­plished.

I have coached this team for nearly four years and each and ev­ery year they get bet­ter and bet­ter and ev­ery year I am proud of the team.

It is some­times hard to coach a team from out­side of St. John’s be­cause some­times we don’t have as much as the teams in the cap­i­tal city, or what they can take ad­van­tage of, like gym­nas­tics classes, cheer­lead­ing gyms and feeder schools.

We ba­si­cally start from the ba­sics be­cause of that and to be the only team in the prov­ince to reached Level 4 is a huge ac­com­plish­ment. Sab­rina Jenk­ins

Car­bon­ear

The Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Sen­tinels Cheer­lead­ing team placed first in the Level 4 di­vi­sion at the provin­cials in Tor­bay last month.

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