The EMCS cheerleading team placed fourth in the Level 2 Senior category at the Mardi Parti Cheer Extravaganza this weekend in Richmond. The team compted twice and got zero deductions taken off of their second performance. (Kim Coldwell/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Cheerleading squad places fourth at weekend competition

‘It was a great weekend,’ says coach Shala Revet.

The Edward Milne Community School cheerleading squad had a successful time competing at the Mardi Parti Cheer Extravaganza last weekend in Richmond.

“It was a great weekend. There were a lot of emotions, everyone was nervous and excited all at once, but the team did really well,” said coach Shala Revet.

“This was their first competition this year, and everyone had a blast the entire weekend.”

The team placed fourth in the Level 2 Senior category at the competition. Teams get to perform twice, their first performance is worth 25 per cent of their overall score, and their second is worth 75 per cent.

“This gives teams a chance to redeem themselves from their first performances,” said Revet.

And that’s exactly what the EMCS team did, getting zero deductions off their second performance.

“We hit our routine really well, and I think the best part about this weekend was to see how far they’ve come since September,” said Revet. “We’ve overcame a lot of obstacles and were able to prove to ourselves that we can achieve greatness.”

Revet said the weekend was “very eye opening” for the whole team, because eight out of the 10 cheerleaders had never competed before.

Moving forward, Revet hopes to keep improving and adding to the squad’s routine, as well as have them perform at more school sporting events.

The team will perform again this Sunday at the University of Victoria, as part of a showcase event for Vancouver Island cheerleading squads.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and entry is by donation.

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