Saturday, May 06, 2017

Canada takes Bronze in ICU World Cheerleader Championships

With more than 2,500 cheer athletes competing in the International Cheer Union 2017 World Championships, Team Canada did an amazing job and captured Bronze in the All Girl Premier division. Cheerleading was recently recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the prestigious competition was held in Orlando, Florida and included athletes from 70 countries. The ICU promotes healthy competition, education and rule development and has 110 member countries with national federations that take part in continental and regional competitions leading to the annual World Championships. (Photos and video provided)
The ICU Championships took place April 26-28, 2017 with 7 divisions - POM Doubles, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Doubles, Coed Elite, All Girl Elite, Coed Premier and All Girl Premier. United States grabbed three medals including two gold medals in All Girl Premier and Coed Premier Divisions while England and Chile earned their first gold medals. Canada's All Girl Premier team has 29 athletes from Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba.
The Team Canada All Girl Performance

ALL GIRL ELITE - Gold: Team England, Silver: Team Germany Bronze: Team Slovenia
ALL GIRL PREMIER - Gold: U.S. National Team, Silver: Team Finland, Bronze: Team Canada
COED ELITE - Gold: Team Chile, Silver: Team England, Bronze: Team Puerto Rico
COED PREMIER - Gold: U.S. National Team, Silver: Team Chinese Taipei, Bronze: Team Finland

Canada's other national teams included Coed Premier with athletes from 5 provinces, the Junior All Girl Advanced from Mississauga, Ontario (PCT Cobras) and the Junior Coed Advanced from Cambridge, Ontario (Cheer Sport All Stars).

"Due to the popularity of the sport and international fan requests to watch their respective teams compete at the World Championships, the ICU partnered this year with the Olympic Channel to live stream the global event. Featuring news, articles, and live programming about the power of sport and the Olympic Games, the Olympic Channel is a digital-first, multi-platform global media destination. Video coverage of the event on has spread rapidly, receiving more than 7 million views in the first few hours of release."

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