The Melbourne University Cheerleading Club (MUCC) MU Heat open pom team, competed in the Asia Pacific Grand Internationals in Queensland on 25-27 August 2017. They attained the highest scoring pom routine, winning the All-Star Open Pom division and a bid to the Dance Worlds, to be held in Florida, USA in April 2018. This is a significant achievement for one of the University’s newest sporting clubs, as MUCC turns five this year.
MUCC is one of only six Australian teams selected to compete at Worlds, and are the only one in the pom division. To prepare for this international competition, the team will train for four months, including strength, stamina and choreography sessions. Although acknowledging there is hard work ahead, coach Sarah-Louse Slade stated that this will simply be part of the journey, and she knows the girls will put in 110%.
Slade stated that she was ‘so proud of all the athletes and of our results last weekend’, and that the team had been working to improve their synchronicity and overall visual impact leading into the competition, which she felt they achieved. Slade stated that another highlight was ‘the energy the girls created on stage, as it made the routine look strong, which they maintained right through until the very end’.
The Dance Worlds involves more than 12,000 athletes, so the team will be looking to Slade as a mentor in the lead up to the competition. Slade has previously competed twice as an athlete at the Dance Worlds, and is looking to draw from those experiences to help prepare the team both mentally and physically before they hit the stage against the world’s best.
‘Being awarded a bid to Worlds is possibly the highest recognition in cheerleading, and this is the first time for our club, so it will truly be an honour to represent Melbourne University abroad,’ stated Club Secretary and athlete Lauren Pfeiffer. This is an exciting time for MUCC, with this achievement reflecting the ability of its athletes, and the quality of coaching offered by the club, as well as the significant growth of cheerleading as a sport.
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