The Calgary cheerleading community says the sport is finally beginning to be viewed for what it is — a legitimate sport.
“We’re athletes, we’re doing tumbling, we’re lifting people in the air, we’re tossing them in the air, we’re doing jumps,” says Florence Myette, a coach for one of Calgary’s largest cheer clubs, the Calgary Stars. “These guys train three times a week, four hours a day. It’s a lot.”
Students from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University filled the Saddledome for the seventh annual Crowchild Classic. Only one small change this year — a $5 ticket price tag.
The funds raised from the event have yet to be added up and divided. Once done, the universities will decide on the wellness initiatives they wish to fund for the students, explained Jarron Mueller, sports information coordinator for Mount Royal University Cougar Athletics & Recreation.
Natalie Olson, a second-degree black belt with the South Calgary Wado Kai Karate (SCWKK) club, competed in her third World Karate Federation tournament for persons with an intellectual disability, in which she fared well. But despite her recent bronze-medal finish, Olson said she still experiences frustration with how the event is scored.
Tuesday night’s 4-3 win by the Calgary Mustangs over the top-rated Brooks Bandits is another example of how Tyler Drader continues to drive the team’s new-found success.