Give me an “R,”give me an “E”, give me a “B-E-L-S.”
The Westshore Rebels are recruiting cheerleaders for the upcoming season.
Cheerleading coach, Laura Jaundrew is building her squad to cheer at both home and away games from August to October.
While dance and gymnastic experience is an asset it is not required. Some people have made the cut without any previous experience.
Jaundrew cheered on the squad for four years and this is her second year coaching. Former cheerleader Carly Champoux is assistant coach.
“My favourite part of cheering is the stunting,” said Jaundrew explaining the squad performs one-legged lifts, tossing and pyramids. “It’s really fun and it’s a good workout.”
So far seven are committed to the team.
“We need 15 cheerleaders, but we would love to have 40,” Jaundrew said. Participants must be 15 years old by July 1.
“Cheerleading gives you a real boost in confidence,” said Champoux. “We work so hard all week on a two-minute routine. It’s nerve-wracking but it’s really rewarding.”
This local team was recognized after it placed second in the cheer competition in Washington last year.
“We were the only recreational team there, all the other teams take it so seriously and we still came in second,” Jaundrew said.
Rebels cheerleaders earned a spot in the American national competition, but couldn’t afford to make the trip.
The squad is planning to compete in Washington again this year.
Jaundrew also hopes to spend more time with the cheerleaders in the community volunteering and working events.
How to try out
n Tryouts are Feb. 9 and 10 at Copley Park, 600 Parkridge St. Wear yoga pants, running shoes and bring water. Wear a red, white or black T-shirt.
n For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.