The Lethbridge cheerleading team is on top of the world – or at least they’re looking to be.
The Peak Elite Cheerleading Everest team is heading to the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla., from April 19 to 21 and I can’t wait to show the world what they’ve got.
“They started when they were 8 to 10 years old. It’s been slow and steady for them to get to Level 6 and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Peak Elite owner and head coach, Samantha Paradee.
They punched their international ticket at the Cold Snap Championship in Edmonton on January 22, earning Alberta’s ultimate prize there.
The bid is an invitation to bid and must be obtained by bidding at the event that offers them, with nine bids being awarded to Cold Snap and more to be awarded at auctions over the next few months.
Peak Elite, formerly known as Perfect Storm, does not know how to win.
They have captured many championship titles but going to the international stage will push them to a new level of competition.
“This is the first time Peak Elite has sent someone to the world,” said Paradee.
“It’s the first gym in Lethbridge to ever send a team to nationals, so yeah, we’re the first. It’s a big deal.”
Cheerleading isn’t just a sport reserved for high school students, either.
Peak Elite has more teams than Everest, with players ranging from as young as 4 to 55.
Team Everest is made up of 15 members aged 14 to 21.