OAK MOUNTAIN – When Kailey Mullins couldn’t strap on the shoulder pads, she hugged cheerleaders.
This led her to an active, successful period of more than a decade of cheering, tumbling and acrobatic activities. Next fall, it will result in her being a collegiate competitor on the Fairmont State University acrobatics and tumbling team.
Mullins, a senior at Oak Hill High School, signed Monday to attend Fairmont and compete on the Fighting Falcons’ acrobatics and tumbling squad.
“I’m a traveling competitive cheerleader, so I do all-star cheerleading at Famous Superstars in Hurricane,” said Mullins, the daughter of Jason and Ashley Mullins of Pax. “I’ve been an all-star cheerleader for 12 years, but I’ve been with Famous for four.”
“We were a big football family, and I was a girl so I couldn’t play football,” she recalled of her formative years. “The closest thing we could do was cheerleading, and I always thought it was really cool to watch the Olympic gymnasts fall, and I got into cheerleading and I fell in love with tumbling.
“When thinking about college, I wanted to be a college cheerleader but after watching it and doing it for so long, I wanted to try something new.”
One of her friends introduced her to acrobatics and tumbling, and “I went to a few camps, and I just fell in love with it,” Mullins said.
Mullins said a lot of hard work was involved to get her to this stage in her life. “The competitive season when we travel is usually from December to May, but we train almost all year round,” she said.
At FSU, “I’m really excited to be able to grow and show some of my bigger passes. And I’m really excited to see the different change in pace (from competing at the collegiate level).”
Mullins plans to major in exercise science at Fairmont.
“I’m just really excited to be a Falcon,” she said. “This is a big deal, and I’m really excited to see where it goes and what the future holds.”
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