On the 9th April 2011 I attended the National Cheerleading Dance competition at the Antrim Forum, Northern Ireland. My eldest girl was competing with the Riada Rockets and myself, my partner and our other 2 youngest children supported.
I would just like to state as a family day out it is probably up there as one of the best. The atmosphere and excitement was second to none with my non competing children dancing, cheering and singing (I did a little too). The families and friends of all the competing teams not only added to this excitement and fun but also showed and expressed their support and gratitude to all teams that took part.
As a person from a sporting background having represented Northern Ireland at schoolboy, youth and junior international football the manner in which competitors and supporters carried theirselves should be applauded. A lot could be learned from other sporting associations. The competing teams showed fantastic sportsmanship both in victory and defeat and on one occasion a girl who came runner-up walked over to the winning team hugging and congratulating several girls of that team. This, without doubt, is the equitte and understanding of sport I would want my children to be involved with.
I would also like to pass on a big thankyou, from my family, to all the organisers, support staff and M.C.. Without you all this would not have been possible.
And finally to all the competitors, everyone of you were fantastic and for the day that you gave my family, all of you are winners.
“WE ARE PROUD OF YOU”