Three cheers for us! Sports team shines on world stage
A LOCAL team are celebrating international success at the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Predator Athletics Cheer has over 150 athletes of all ages and abilities, many of whom live in Emersons Green, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and the surrounding areas. As well as cheer for fun classes, the team attracts competitive athletes from all over Bristol and the South West.
Anacondas, the squad’s senior level 5 team, took to the world stage in the International Open Small Co-ed Level 5 Division to represent their country and compete against 47 teams from all over the world.
Their outstanding performance secured them a well-deserved place in the final at Disney’s ESPN World of Sports Complex challenging the likes of Top Gun Athletics (USA) and other world-leading cheer programmes for the top spot. The standard was incredibly high, and their hard work paid off, as they held their own and made their mark on the world stage ending an impressive 13th place in finals.
In addition, their Junior level 2 team, Pumas, won the coveted first place trophy at the COA Ultimate Championships in the International Division, fending off the competition with two flawless performances and receiving outstanding praise from the judges. The athletes, aged between 10 and 16, trained hard to perfect their routine, including the opportunity to practise at the world-renowned Top Gun Athletics gym.
Becky Hopton, head coach, said: “We are so proud of our athletes’ achievement. The work and dedication needed to reach this level of cheerleading is phenomenal and to be given an opportunity to compete at this prestigious event is the pinnacle of an athlete’s career.
“Anacondas represented the programme outstandingly at worlds 2019 and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this team!”
On their return to the UK, the athletes showed their commitment by heading straight back into the gym in the Greenway Centre in Southmead to practise for their next national competition in July, together with their recent qualifying bid in Nottingham, which will see them return to compete at next year’s World Championship.
Becky added: “Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity, with nearly 4.5 million registered athletes worldwide in over 79 countries. Gone are the days when it was synonymous with pompoms and US teen shows; it is now considered to be a serious sport, recently receiving provisional recognition as an Olympic sport.”
If any residents would like to get involved with Predator Athletics, please contact Becky Hopton by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bristolcheer