St Pius X are the champions at cheerleading

The cheerleading team from St Pius X High School, Adamstown has been named National Grand Champions at the 2018 Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) National Cheer and Dance Championships.

The team, known as the St Pius Angels, came out on top, not only winning their division but also taking the coveted title of National Champions.

The team was also recently named the NSW Scholastic Champions this after coming second last year at the National Championships.

Team members include Martina Adoranti, Ebony Baggs, Evie Dwyer, Hannah Giles, Ruby Grant, Grace James, Sarah Jones, T'ese Keddie, Alex Keddie, Gretal McMillan, Taylah Metcalfe, Shona Murphy, Ella Nealon, Chenoa Pinney-Elkington, Jemmason Renfrew, Chloe Scarpin, Grace Shorten, Ruby Silva, Imogen Sinclair, Mia Sproule and Danyella Yates.

They competed against 12,000 other competitors from over 1,700 teams at this year’s championships from New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. There were also invitational school teams from New Zealand and club teams from China.

The All Stars cheerleading competitions involve teams performing a two-minute and 30-second routine with a combination of stunting, pyramids, group tumbling, jumping and a dance break.

This routine is then performed and scored against the other teams not just for the technical components but also for the overall entertainment value of the presentations.

“Instrumental in the team’s success is the elite coaching by staff at East Coast All Stars, Gateshead, plus the support from parents, family members and the school community,” said Amanda Mohr, a Student Coordinator at St Pius.

Nuch of the success of the team stems from training every Friday during sport time at the East Coast All Stars Gym in Gateshead, as well as holding regular team meetings during lunch times.

“The whole team thanks these people for supporting their efforts this year,” said Amanda Mohr.

“Bring on 2019,” she added.