Space Coast Cheer’s senior team earns bid to National Championship


Space Coast Cheer’s Senior Level 3 team shows off its awards after winning at the UCA 2016 International All-Star Championship. Photo courtesy of Space Coast Cheer

Now here’s something to cheer about.

Seventeen young ladies from Space Coast Cheer’s Senior Level 3 Team won their division at the UCA 2016 International All-Star Championship at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. 

“The team’s flawless performances also earned them ‘zero hero’ badges. They won first place out of 10 teams and received a trophy, banner and jackets reading ‘International 2016 Champions’,” said Rachel Johnson, whose daughter Alaina is on the team. 

At the South Florida National Competition in Fort Lauderdale in February, the team won a paid bid to the NSPA D2 Summit, a live national level competition, where top teams will face off at the Tampa Convention Center April 30 and May 1.

A paid bid means that the team’s invitation is fully paid.  

“We had one of the top three scores. A 95.5 out of 100,” said coach Rene Sheehan, who also coaches two other cheer teams. 

At the competition, the team performed a dance, tumble and cheer routine choreographed to a pop music mix.

“We work really hard at practice, and sometimes everything falls apart. But we push through. We always pray before every competition and after we compete, that helps us come together as a team,” Alaina Johnson said. 

“When we found out that we had zero deductions after our first routine at the International Championship, we were thrilled, and when they announced that we won, everyone started screaming, hugging each other, and some even cried tears of joy. It’s fun to be part of a team, and winning validates our hard work and builds our confidence.”

“It’s great to see the kids grow and progress and the happiness that it brings them,” Sheehan said.  “It’s good for kids because there are a lot of new people who are quiet and shy, and this brings them out of their shell and a sense of accomplishment.”

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