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Cheerleading competition

Today was the day!

Emily’s first cheer competition!

She woke-up at 1am feeling nervous and wanting her phone so she could listen to music!

I truly don’t know if she slept again but at 6:30am when I went in to wake her up, she was awake!

Before her performance, I went out back to see how Emily was doing, one of the other mom told me how Emily gave an interview to our local newspaper.  Apparently, when the mom told Emily she did good on the interview, Emily replied; “Well, that wasn’t my first time!”  LOL, that’s my girl!

The videographer (Jonathan) was a little shaky but here is our team’s performance!  Keep your eyes on Emily at the end of the video, she wipes her eyes, I think the emotions of what they just did in from of a big crowd got to her.  πŸ™‚

Emily’s team’s performance on YouTube

And here are some pictures, these smiles tell the story better than I can.



We got there around 8:30am, left for lunch than returned.  Awards were at 4:30ish

Emily got an award!


Look at her and B. holding their banner!

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Our girls were so happy!

Thank you again to our coaches (Megan, Chloe and Celine) and to Julie who’s always there to fill in and help with the routine.

Thank you Cheer Olympia

Thank you for creating this opportunity for our girls.

  • One of our girl has epilepsy.  She was nervous this morning and by the time she got to the coliseum, she already had 2 seizures and had another one while waiting to perform.  Her mom calls them mild seizures.  I don’t know how familiar you are with seizures but in my mind (someone who doesn’t know much about seizures), I can’t fathom going to compete as part of a cheer team  after having 3 small seizures.  That’s dedication!  This girl, is one of my heroes!
  • Another one of our girl had 2 years of physio therapy before she could walk.
  • This is also true of Emily, doctors and therapists agreed she would never walk.  She started to walk independently just before she turned 4.
  • One of our girl who is full of spirit, really flirty and sassy, needs one of our coach to hold her during the performance but this doesn’t stop her.  She is a huge part of this team.
  • Another girl, who’s becoming a real friend to Emily, has attended her younger sister’s cheer competition for years… Now, her sister is there, cheering for her.  She loves cheer so much that she joined 2 teams!  How’s that for dedication!
    • Emily and B cheered super loud for her when she took the floor with her other team.  The smile on her face was awesome when she saw her teammates cheer for her.

Our girls are amazing and I am so glad they have found their cheer club!

Next competition is in 2 weeks and it’s away!  Our hotel room is booked and we are getting excited for a road trip with our team!

Is this how the hockey mom and other cheer parents feel?  It’s like we’ve entered an alternate dimension where our girls are integral parts of a team?  Where they contribute, chat, share meals and now go on a road trip?!?!

My eyes are tearing up, just writing this, which makes it hard to type!

The motherhood thing has really turned me into a crying mess.


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37 thoughts on “Cheerleading competition

  1. Great routine – they performed well and also looked like they were having fun – the two don’t always go together!! I loved he choreography at the end where they knelt down and then rose up one by one! So proud of Emily – keep on cheering, gal!!!!!

    • Thank you. The team has great coaches and the girls are involved in building the routines, adding or removing things to it. It’s fun to see them come together as a team as opposed to individuals just standing there.

  2. I’m glad it all went so wonderfully well and left you with so many wonderful memories of the event — even if it meant you had to write your post with a handkerchief by your side! πŸ™‚

  3. An awesome routine with all of the girls!!! It is a blessing to see the joy & smiling faces! Thank you for sharing & blessings!

  4. SO much love for all of the girls on the team – & for all of the families & other cheerleaders who jumped up & cheered for our girls when they were performing.

    It’s been an amazing experience for all of us πŸ™‚ See you at the next one (should ew bring folding chairs?)!



  5. Absolutely wonderful. The dedication of the girls and the coaches is something I can only stand in awe of.

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