A stronger national cheerleading squad off to the 2018 World Championships

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 20, 2018 01:34 PM
National cheerleading squad off to 2018 World Championship
The Team Pilipinas delegation this year looks to be the biggest ever, with over 150 participants travelling to Orlando.

The Team Pilipinas Cheerleading delegation showed off their championship routines to an appreciative crowd at the St. Paul Pasig gymnasium at the annual "send-off" party for them before they go to the World Championships of Cheerleading in Orlando, Florida. 

In the exclusive event, the "Send-Off" is an annual affair wherein the national cheerleading team gives a preview performance of their routines to the select audience, which includes the participants' families, friends, and former national team members.

Carlos Valdes, head of the National Cheerleading Championships (NCC) and Team Pilipinas, said the teams this year are among the best the country has seen. "The teams have been practicing hard every night and it shows. They will make waves in Orlando for sure," Valdes acknowledged.

The NCC is the national governing body, and is recognized by the International Cheer Union, the world governing body for cheerleading, 

As the International Olympic Committee had already acknowledged cheerleading as an official Olympic sport, Valdes added that it may be high time to send a delegation to the 2019 South East Asian Games that will be held here in the country.

"With cheerleading now enjoying Olympic sport status, we can look forward in earnest to further developing the sport and building our community as we have for the past decade or so." 

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Deputy Secretary-General Karen Caballero was also on-hand on show support for the team, as well as for cheerleading as a sport.

"We at the POC would like to express our good wishes and support for all the teams competing in the World Championships of Cheerleading in Orlando", she stated. "We are looking forward to watching their performances along with the best in the world."

The Team Pilipinas delegation this year looks to be the biggest ever, with over 150 participants travelling to Orlando, and will be watched by family and friends from other parts of the US coming over to watch the team.

The 2018 delegation is composed of four teams, namely: Assumption College Dance Team for cheer hiphop; Poveda Juniors team for Junior Championships.

Meanwhile, the All-Girl and Co-Ed Elite teams comprises athletes from different high schools and universities such as Holy Spirit, Miriam, St. Paul Pasig, Santa Rosa, Ateneo, La Salle, St. Benilde, NU, FEU, UST, and UP. 

You can catch the livestream of the World Championships at www.cheerunion.org starting April 25.

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