Local Cheerleading Team Heads To Provincials

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 16:26 PM

A local cheerleading team has a reason to cheer for themselves this weekend.

Liverpool Regional High School's cheerleading team is competing in provincials.

Assistant coach Joanne Ozon says she and head coach Tina Whynot founded the team three years ago.

"All the uniforms had to be purchased so everything we've done as a team, we've done from fundraising and support with Tina and I."

Ozon says the LRHS team worked hard and it's exciting to see them reach this level.

Many of the team members are alumni of the middle school team Ozon was a part of founding.

But there are also two students from the Nova Scotia International Students Program on the team.

For the two Spanish girls, it was their first time trying the sport entirely.

Unlike in the past, cheerleading is no longer just standing on the sidelines cheering and waving pom-poms.

Ozon says it's tumbling, gymnastics, and dance.

And some of the teens have broken bones this year.

"It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally," says Ozon.

The team members are a bit nervous but excited for the competition.

"It's a big deal and it's a big overnight trip for them but we have 18 amazing atheletes."

LRHS came in third in regionals earlier this month, securing their spot in provincials.

The team will face five other Level 2 teams tomorrow afternoon.