Our very own Memorial University Cheerleading team has been competing worldwide as a strong competitor at the University World Championships in Orlando Florida for the past number of years. The University World Championships is one of the biggest competitions in the world, attracting university teams from across the globe, and a competition in which Memorial University holds a great reputation. After being crowned world champions in 2018, Memorial Cheerleading has created and continues to perform world caliber routines and is preparing to do the same in the upcoming January 2020 Worlds competition.
According to coaches Dionne King and Janessa Ward, this season has been a particularly successful one for the Sea-Hawks. They started the year practicing in a new gym at Electric All Stars as well as received a sponsorship from Budden Law and Associates to help offset costs for athletes throughout the year. According to the coaches, our Sea-Hawks commonly participate and volunteer around the university community. Becoming an involved member of the community is an essential part of being a Memorial cheerleader, community involvement is something in which both the coaches and athletes take pride in. The team performs at Sea-Hawks sporting events as well as participates in volunteer work at numerous events around the university and St. John’s as well as holds clinics to prepare children and young athletes to become a competitive university cheerleader.
The Memorial Cheerleading team has just finished competing at their first competition, PCA Nationals in Ontario at the end of November. The team proudly took home a third-place trophy competing against teams from across Canada. As for the fast approaching worlds competition that will conclude the competitive season for the Sea-Hawks, they are excited to perform on the worlds stage yet again. This will be the fifth year the Sea-Hawks will be representing Memorial University at an international level, says coach King.
“With teams from around the World including China, Puerto Rico, Mexico, USA and eight teams from across Canada, our goal is to have a strong performance and be a great representative for Canada and Newfoundland.”
Coaches of the Memorial Cheerleading team continue to be an essential aspect of team success. Coach King has acted as a coach of the Sea-Hawks for over 9 years and has been a vital part of the team, her dedication and love for the cheerleading program is what continues to drive her team. She is a crucial component to the development, success and legacy created by Memorial Cheerleading. Coach Janessa Ward is the newest addition to the coaching staff, this is her first season coaching the Sea-Hawks but is certainly not a stranger to the program. Ward had been a Memorial Cheerleading athlete for 6 years throughout her undergraduate degree and has competed with the team at international and national competitions during her time as an athlete. Ward says that this season has been a great learning experience for her as well as the team.
“Coaching alongside of Dionne has truly been a dream come true, she made the transition from athlete to coach an easy one while teaching me more than I could have ever imagined.”
Both King and Ward look forward to attending their fifth Cheerleading Worlds together and share the same goal, that the team will be a great representation of Memorial University and perform a run to be proud of.