Zig Ziglar once said, “When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that's when your passion is born.” When you find something that you're good at and that you love, you’re driven to do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's cheerleading. I’ve learned so many things, not only about myself, but about other people and what I want in life from cheerleading. It’s safe to say being a cheerleader has impacted every single area in my life, for the better. If you would've told my ten year- old self that today I would be a cheerleader and love every single minute of it, she would’ve laughed and then probably thrown herself off of a cliff.
Cheerleading has taught me so many life lessons and has given me the opportunity to meet new people from all over the country and learn from their accomplishments. I learned that even after failure one must learn from his or her mistakes and to make those improvements where necessary. It was not about proving those who doubted me wrong, but to give those who had the same desire an example. It also helped me serve as that kind of ambassador for the school. This has helped me look at the world and ask myself what is missing from it that I am able to provide.
Team work is one of the best traits I have learned as cheerleading championships are not won by individuals. All the athletes have to come together to learn the same lessons with one of the most important ones being that champions are made at practice. The success of the team depends on each individual simultaneously performing elite choreographed skills while overcoming mental and physical constraints which is what builds the tight bond between teammates that allows everyone to function better than they could individually. This high level of team work is required for success and safety at the same time. Cheerleading allows me to participate in activities that contribute to worthwhile programs within my community as well.
On top of being a school cheer team and showing up at all required practices and games, a competitive team that is affiliated with a school puts in the extra practice and effort to make it to the top. While the normal school cheerleader slides by without having a certain skill, the competitive cheerleader is required to reach a skill level and continue to better themselves. If a skill needs extra work, time is expected to be found to work through it, tackling whatever obstacles that may come in the way of it. Many competitive cheerleaders are held to certain workouts and diets, just as many sports are, to maintain their strength, stamina, and balance. Many nights of hard work and tears go into perfecting the routine.
She was born to Lois and Ron Retton on January 24,1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Retton started her gymnastics career when she was only 4 years old at Aerial Port Gymnastics. By the age of 12, she had already become a dedicated gymnast and competed in national and international competitions. This is only the start of a life-changing career. (womenshistory.about.com) Mary Lou Retton has had many accomplishments throughout her life.
People see the final product of our routine. What they don’t see are the falls, bruises, mess-ups, and arguments. I am so glad that they all convinced me to stay because when all is said and done, they are my second family. I have grown up cheering with most of the girls, and we have all watched each other mature and grow as individuals and cheerleaders. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of what teamwork is, but we found that again and implemented it throughout the rest of our season.
Cheerleading: Is It a Sport? You do cheer your whole life and do just as much as other athletes. Someone walks up to you and says cheer isn’t a sport. How would you respond? Competitive cheerleading has become one of the fastest growing activities in the country.
A year ago, I signed a contract with Hillsborough marching band but I never knew what I was signing up for. The place I feel at ease is marching band practice. This is because the people there are nice. I even won an award for being the most improved rookie. Although it is tiresome I have to constantly spend around 3 hours practicing marching and playing my music every Mondays and Tuesday during summer and fall, the adrenaline rush made me more focused and on task.
Level ten was mesmerizing and elite was even better, olympic. But it didn’t really matter to me what level I was, as long as I was doing gymnastics. Around December, on the competitive team’s side of the gym, a coach began to recognize me. He told my coach, a short strong former gymnast, that he wanted to talk to my mom about possibly moving on to the real team. I was overjoyed, but scared.
"alright then" Casey starts "We better go before your legs give out beneath you, you paraplegic drama queen" Madison sticks a tongue out in response, and tags alongside her best friend through the slightly less clogged hallways. Gym class. What a bother. ----- As expected, Gym is rather....uneventful. Especially on the first day.
Jordan Ashford would describe herself as determined, outgoing, athletic, artistic and family oriented. Academics are extremely important to Jordan; she has won many awards recognizing her for her grades and achievements, such as her induction into Spanish Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Setting her goal of having a 4.0 gpa all four years of high school has allowed her to maintain a 3.9 gpa in her past two years of high school. Jordan started sports at the age of four; she did competitive cheerleading for seven years and middle school cheerleading for two years. Following this, she began taking gymnastics lessons and was then asked to join a competitive gymnastics team, which she did for 2 years.