Ex-Whyalla girl plans US cheerleading trip

A former Whyalla girl and her cheerleading group have secured a spot to compete in an elite cheering competition in the United States.

Rubie Lehman, 12, has loved cheerleading since she tried it at age six, and that passion is set to lead her to the annual Summit cheerleading competition in Orlando, Florida this April. next year.

Rubie and his cheering band were the only team in Australia to win a fully paid bid for Summit when the draw was announced last month. The group had already secured a spot at the Summit, but were unable to attend due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Rubie said her favorite part of cheerleading is tumbling and stunts, and she hopes to go to Florida to compete early next year.

“I’m very excited because we were supposed to go the other year but it got canceled due to covid,” she said.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to see all the great American teams compete against each other.”

Mum Danielle Kriticos said many cheerleaders are also dancers and Rubie’s schedule keeps the family busy.

“This year she wasn’t supposed to take dance lessons, but she ended up doing lyrical, pom, jazz and hip-hop,” she said.

Ms Kriticos said it would be “special” if Rubie and her teammates could attend the event in the United States in 2023.

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