me a G. G! Give me an O. O! Give mean an L. L! Give me a
D. D? What does that spell? GOLD! What does that spell?
GOLD! That’s the cheer that could be heard in Niagara Falls
earlier this month after the Flyers All-Starz Starlight
cheer team won the gold medal in the Youth Level 2 division
at the Canadian Cheer Championships.
of 19 five- to 11-year-olds were fourth after the first
day of competition and then blew the judges away with their
second routine on Day 2 to finish the competition in first
championships brought together 360 teams from across Canada
and the United States including 36 members of the Flyers
All-Starz. Each routine is judged on five elements – stunts
or stacking, jumping, tumbling, and overall performance.
the first place result, the Flyers also came home with a
fourth place result, two sixth place results and a seventh
place finish. Not bad for a little gym in Orléans.
All-Starz Cheer Gym is owned by the Flyers All-Starz in
Montreal which bought the facility on Vimont Court from
Ottawa Cheer Elite in 2016. The gym has both a competitive
and recreational program. They even have a cheer program
for the moms.
are as young as three and go right up to adults. The kids
who come to the gym and enroll in the program come from
a variety of different disciplines. Some have a gymnastics
or a dance background, some come from figure skating or
synchronized swimming, and some have no previous athletic
experience at all.
All-Starz manager Kelly Nightingale says most of the kids
who try it out stick around for the camaraderie and the
sheer fun of cheering.
part about cheer is that there’s always a place for you.
If you’re not terribly proficient at tumbling you can fit
in somewhere else. There’s always a place for you on the
team and everyone supports each other,” says Nightingale.
is a combination of dance, gymnastics and fitness which
requires a great deal of cardio. Cheering took a giant leap
into the mainstream in 2016 when the International Olympic
Committee named it a provisional sport, which means it can
apply to become an official Olympic event in the 2028 Summer
Olympics in Los Angeles.
have a World Championship with teams from more than 60 different
countries taking part in last year’s event. That’s right,
the International Cheerleading Union, or ICU, is made up
of more than member countries with 4.5 million registered
out more about cheering, drop by the Flyers All-Starz Cheer
Gym at 1671 Vimont Court and check it out for yourself.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)