These athletes competed in an action packed two-and-a-half-minute routine, consisting of stunting, tumbling, jumps, and dance, alongside 215 teams and over 3500 athletes from Ontario and Quebec, and all for a great cause. ‘Cheer for the Cure’ is a charity competition that raises funds for breast cancer research, and participating teams show their support by donning articles of pink clothing, in addition to the normal glitz and glamour of a cheer uniform.
All Star Cheerleading, now commonly just referred to as ‘cheer’, has evolved considerably from the early days of pom-poms and sideline cheers at football games. Cheer routines now combine the artistry and athleticism of a gymnastics floor routine with the energy and group choreography of a dance performance, topped off with the stunting acrobatics cheerleading has always been known for. As one of Canada’s fastest growing youth sports, cheerleading welcomes male and female athletes from ages 4 to adult, who want to join in the high-flying fun. The Air Force Mavericks are now in their 4th season and are steadily growing, as interest in the sport spreads through word of mouth and involvement in Uxbridge/Stouffville community events.
The Air Force Mavericks had 5 teams competing in different age categories and divisions at Cheer for the Cure. The Mini (6-8 yr) ‘Cadets’ placed in an outstanding 2nd place, in a competitive division of 8 teams. The ‘Lieutenants’ stole the show in the Large Youth (9-11yr) division, and placed 2nd among 5 of the best teams in the province. The Junior (11-14yr) level 2 ‘Captains’ brought home a well-earned 2nd place trophy, with a high-energy performance in a very strong division. The Senior (14-18yr) ‘Generals’ really turned some heads with their breathtaking performance, finishing in 3rd out of 8 talented teams in the level 1 division. Finally, the Senior Level 3 ‘Marshals’ rounded out the podium-placement sweep, with an outstanding 2nd place finish, less than a half point off first, in a very competitive division of 8 teams.
The Mavericks will be taking to the stage four more times this year, at competitions across southern Ontario, with eyes on the much-coveted ‘national champion’ title, at Cheer Evolution Nationals in Niagara Falls, April 7th to 9th. Videos of all competition performances can be found on the ‘Canadian Cheer Videos’ channel on YouTube, or by searching ‘Air Force Mavericks’. Until then, the Mavericks can be found every weeknight at their training facility, ‘The Hangar’, working on building skills, soaring high, and getting ready for their next moment in the spotlight!