Lo­cal cheer­lead­ers set to take on the world

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Moose Jaw’s Christa Jamieson and Hope Bren­ner will take to the mat for the first time at World Cheer­lead­ing Cham­pi­onships shortly af­ter 9 a.m. on Apr. 28 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Com­plex in Or­lando, Fla. By 11:30 a.m., they’ll know how they and their Lady Lu­mi­nous team­mates from Regina fared in the first step of com­pe­ti­tion – fin­ish against the top 10 against the best from all of Canada in that two hour block, or it’s all over. That’s the level of the stakes when you’re com­pet­ing for a World ti­tle at that level of com­pe­ti­tion. And you can bet nei­ther of the two Vanier Col­le­giate grads would trade the ex­pe­ri­ence for any­thing. “It’s re­ally the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time that most of us have been dream­ing about since we were younger,” Jamieson said prior to a re­cent train­ing ses­sion in Regina. “There are teams we’re go­ing to be go­ing against that ac­tu­ally won the World cham­pi­onship last year, so it’s go­ing to be kind of in­tim­i­dat­ing but it’ll be fun to be see that kind of com­pe­ti­tion at the same time.” The qual­i­fy­ing process for a Canadian team to get to Worlds is any­thing but easy, as the path Lady Lu­mi­nous took to earn their spot shows. World qual­i­fy­ing events fea­ture three bids to at­tend avail­able to teams look­ing to reach worlds – two at large bids and one par­tial-paid bid. Earn­ing an at-large bid qual­i­fies a team for Worlds; en­ter­ing an­other event and earn­ing an­other bid up- grades the orig­i­nal to a par­tial-paid, worth over $5,000. Com­pet­ing in the All Girl In­ter­na­tional Open Level 5 di­vi­sion – one of the high­est classes of se­nior cheer­lead­ing -- Lady Lu­mi­nous claimed a at-large bid at the True North Cheer­lead­ing and Dance Cham­pi­onships in Ed­mon­ton dur­ing the Mar. 10 week­end and then, at the Best of the West Cheer­lead­ing and Dance Cham­pi­onships in Regina the fol­low­ing week­end, took first place out­right to earn a par­tial-paid spot. “It was re­ally nice to be able to come out on top there, be­cause there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion,” Jamieson said. “Af­ter we got our at large bid we knew we were al­ready go- ing to worlds, so it was nice to win a lit­tle bit of money for this.” The lo­cal duo and their team­mates will face the afore­men­tioned cru­cible known as the In­ter­na­tional Open All Girl Level 5 Canadian Qual­i­fier on Apr. 28. There, they’ll do bat­tle with the best of the best in Canada – in­clud­ing the reign­ing world cham­pion Flyers All Starz from Mon­treal -- and look to fin­ish in the top 10 and ad­vance to the over­all In­ter­na­tional semi­fi­nals the next day. “The goal for us is to get through to Day 2 this year... we’ve been do­ing re­ally well this sea­son, but that’s against lo­cal teams and all that,” Jamieson said. “Since this is the best of the best we have no idea how it’s go­ing to go. We’re train­ing re­ally, re­ally hard to up­grade our skills to go fur­ther with it, but we’re re­ally hop­ing to make Day 2, for sure.” Based on what they’ve seen this sea­son, there is a de­cent chance that could hap­pen. “The team last year were 11th, so they just missed it, and the team this year is thriv­ing com­pared to last year’s,” Jamieson said. “So we’re quite ex­cited to see how it’s go­ing to come out... it’s go­ing to be kind of in­tim­i­dat­ing but it’ll be fun to be see that kind of com­pe­ti­tion at the same time.” The com­pe­ti­tion sem­fi­nals are set for the af­ter­noon of Apr. 29 and over­all final for Apr. 30.

Hope Bren­ner

Christa Jamieson

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