Cheerleaders from Colburn-based Lazer Cheer Academy have qualified to compete at a prestigious international event it Orlando, Florida.
A team of 18 athletes named the Ice Queens represented Lazer Cheer at JamFest Europe, a national competition held each year in Liverpool.
These athletes competed in the under 16 level two division and were successful in winning Lazer Cheer’s first ever bid to The Summit.
The Summit, held at Disney World, provides a chance for younger athletes to be able to compete against the best of the best from all across the globe.
This event, which will be held 2024, is a bid-only event, meaning that teams have to earn an invitation to this competition by being successful in their home country first.
The team will fly to the US in April to train in some of the world’s largest and most successful cheer gyms before taking the competition floor at the start of May.
The team will fundraise as a team for the next nine months to raise money to offset the costs of the additional training in the US, new uniforms and shoes, and licensed music.
Head coach and director Chelsea Foreman said: “We have already been successful in taking our senior team to the World Cheerleading Championships in 2023 and I am so proud that we are now able to offer a different set of athletes the opportunity to be able to compete in a large competition in the USA.
“These athletes worked so hard this past year to earn the bid to The Summit and they have been putting in extra hours already since earning the bid to push their skills even further.
“They are a determined group of athletes, and I am so excited to work with them again this season to see what they can achieve – I am already so proud of them all.
“I will be coaching alongside Chloe Sharp and Jessie Hankin, both of whom are previous athletes of Ice Queens before they became too old for the division.
“Chloe and Jessie are excited to make new memories as coaches and be able to pass on their knowledge, experiences competing internationally and support these athletes in the journey they have ahead of them.”