Over 950 cheerleaders and dancers across NSW participated in the CheerCon Classic at Dural Sport and Leisure Centre on August 10.
The CheerCon Classic is one of many cheerleading competitions throughout Australia.
CheerCon owners Danielle Ings and Will Cairns are passionate about creating a great event experience for athletes and spectators.
‘‘It is fantastic to see the sport grow every year and to see new clubs start every year,’’ Cairns said.
‘‘The anticipation and joy on the kids faces at the award ceremony is always the highlight for us as event providers.”
Kaitlin O’Grady from Starlets Cheerleading has been cheerleading for seven years.
‘‘I love the sportsmanship and being able to combine 3 of my favourite things — stunting, tumbling and dance — into one routine,’’ Kaitlin said.
‘‘We always put our team first and do our best to make each other and the coaches proud whenever we step onto the mat, and that's why cheer is so special to everyone involved.’’
The two highest point scores of the weekend:
NRG Dance Studio had the overall highest point score for their Open Jazz routine in the dance category and Senior Level 4 from Starlets Cheerleading received the overall highest point score in the cheer category.
Ings said it is never to late start cheerleading.
‘‘There are so many different aspects to cheerleading that it is never boring, always a challenge and you do not need to be good at everything,’’ she said.
‘‘Cheerleading has grown because it is a unique sport that brings together dancing, gymnastics, friendships, team values.
‘‘Basically it is athletic but social at the same time.’’