Hur­ri­canes fin­ish sec­ond at Florida cheer event


TRURO, N.S. – As the old say­ing goes, when the go­ing gets tough, the tough get go­ing.

The Truro Hur­ri­canes earned a sil­ver medal on March 14 at the Univer­sal Cheer­lead­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (UCA) In­ter­na­tional All-star Cheer­lead­ing Cham­pi­onship in Kis­sim­mee, Fla., in spite of all the dis­trac­tions and fear sur­round­ing the spread of COVID-19.

“It means so much to earn that sil­ver medal,” Brylee

Yorke, a base for the Hur­ri­canes, said. “It felt amaz­ing to do it with my best friends.”

The Hur­ri­canes fin­ished just a tenth of a point be­hind Academia De Por­ris­tas Cheer Up, of Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico, in the Small Se­nior 2 Di­vi­sion. Truro scored a 96.4, their high­est points to­tal of the sea­son, and ran its two-and-a-half-minute rou­tine flaw­lessly with no de­duc­tions.

“Our coaches al­ways tell us to leave all prob­lems at the door,” Yorke said. “We put ev­ery­thing aside and put our rou­tine and team­mates first.”

Cheer Roy­alty, also based in Mon­ter­rey, rounded out the podium.

The two-day event, which at­tracts teams from across the globe and was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Com­plex, was cut down to one day as a pre­cau­tion to help pre­vent the spread of COVID-19. Only fam­ily mem­bers of the per­form­ing team were per­mit­ted in the view­ing area in an ef­fort to re­duce per­son-to-per­son con­tact.

The event went ahead as word came down last week that Walt Dis­ney World would be clos­ing its theme parks and the Cana­dian govern­ment urged those trav­el­ling abroad to re­turn home as soon as possible.

Coach Sara Vid­ito said the cir­cum­stances were the lat­est in a se­ries of set­backs the team has had to en­dure this sea­son in­clud­ing in­juries and changes to their rou­tine.

“Th­ese girls have tri­umphed over all of the things that have stood in their way,” Vid­ito said. “We couldn’t be more proud of th­ese young ladies for giv­ing all they have, con­sid­er­ing all they have been through. No mat­ter the plac­ing, we came here with a goal and they ex­ceeded that with our high­est score all sea­son and they hit a clean rou­tine.”

Many of the Hur­ri­canes mem­bers were part of a Truro squad which recorded a third­place fin­ish at the event in 2014 and re­turned in 2016 to place fifth.

The Hur­ri­canes have claimed three wins this sea­son through­out the Mar­itimes and are slated to fin­ish their sched­ule April 18 and 19 at the Cheer Nova Sco­tia Provin­cials at Hal­i­fax Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

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