How all-star cheerleading is finally getting the recognition it deserves
This year, Calgary hosted the annual Pacific All-Star Championships, which took place at the Nutrien Western Event Center on Feb. 2 and 3. Hundreds of teams from Canada and the United States competed for titles and trophies over the two-day event.
The venue was filled with cheerleaders in blinged-out costumes, hair piled high and extravagant makeup. The teams were all hoping to claim a first place spot, which would send the team to the world championship in Orlando, Florida in May.
The Calgary cheerleading community says the sport is finally beginning to be viewed for what it is — a legitimate sport.
In 2016, the International Olympic Committee voted in favour of including cheerleading among the provisional Olympic sports, meaning cheer athletes will have the possibility to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Photos by Shelby Dechant
Published on March 18, 2019