The adventure of a lifetime is wrapping up for one local athlete.
Weyburn’s Chloe Gill has been in Florida with Boss Athletic’s Desire Pom Team. They were selected to compete as Team Canada in the World Cheerleading Championships and had also qualified for the IASF Worlds, which is the global championships for club squads.
“It was beyond anything I could ever dream of,” said Gill of the experience. “It was probably the most surreal experience that I have ever been able to have the honour of partaking in.”
Competing in the event as Team Canada in the international competition, Gill and the rest of the pom team would come up against 14 other tough squads from around the globe. Ultimately, Team Canada wouldn’t be able to crack the top ten, but that didn’t deter the cheerleaders from Saskatchewan.
“We were quite happy with the performance,” Gill pointed out. “We went out there, we did our best, we did what we came here to do.”
After a couple of days of rest, the pom squad then competed in the IASF Worlds, a separate competition that is held in conjunction with World Cheerleading Championships. The competitors in that event are the top cheerleading clubs in the world, not necessarily the representatives of a specific nation.
In the Open Co-Ed Pom, the team came away fourth, which wasn’t a disappointment at all for Gill.
"We improved each and every day that we competed,” Gill said.
After a whirlwind week of activities, Gill will now be getting set to head back home, as she finishes the semester at the University of Regina before coming back home to Weyburn for the summer.