Strathclyde students Lucy King and Virginie Dumont made the journey to Florida for the 15th International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships from 25 – 27 April 2018.
Physics student Lucy was part of Team Scotland who finished in 7th position in the senior performance cheer pom competition which is a dance-based discipline of cheer rather than the more traditional stunt-based “all-star” cheer. Last year Team Scotland finished 8th in the same category.
Scotland was also the highest placed team from the home nations in this category. Lucy explained:
“The competition which began on Wednesday with an Olympic style opening ceremony lasted three days and saw 110 nations come together to battle it out for the coveted title of World cheerleading champions.”
This was Lucy’s 5th year as part of Team Scotland and she described her excitement:
“We just wanted to go out and do our best, make our country and the team proud and the placings reflected that!”
England’s co-ed (both men and women) elite squad took the world championship title in a close competition in which Colombia took silver and New Zealand took bronze.
French exchange business student, Virginie Dumont, was also competing in the competition for her French club, Paris Cheer, in the International Open co-ed level 5.
They achieved their goal of a top 15 with a fantastic 13th place in a big division with over 100 points.
American sports channel ESPN describes the ICU as the recognized world governing body of cheerleading with 3.5 million athletes. Continental and regional championships are held in over 70 nations dedicated to the positive advancement of cheerleading throughout the world.
This competition has been backed by the Olympic community after it was announced in 2016 that it was to become an Olympic discipline.
The International Olympic Committee further proved its dedication to the sport by providing their Chairman, Thomas Bach to officially open the competition alongside the head of the ICU.
Strathclyde Warriors have greatly developed student cheerleading in Scotland this year by co-organising the first ever Scottish University Cheerleading Competition, alongside the GCU Wolves, at Scotstoun in March. The competition was a huge success with seven Scottish Universities taking part. The Warriors had the home advantage and came back with a 1st place in Hip Hop, and with their Pom Gold and Black taking 1st and 2nd in their divisions respectively.
Incredible work from an incredible club; we’re excited to see what’s next for Strathclyde Warriors.
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Strathclyde Sports Union has long been recognised as one of the top destinations for student sport in Scotland. With 53 sports clubs, and with over 3,000 members, we’re one of the biggest and most diverse student sport communities in Scotland.
Article by Maddy Watson