-My name is Kaitlyn and i’m 17 years old. I don’t cheer anymore. I live in Connecticut I’ve been a Varsity cheerleader for all four years for basketball and football season. I have also been on an 4.2 level all star team (: I’m a flyer, base, and back! I’ve also won All American for the last couple years. This year I get to go to Hawaii and perform in the ProBowl, Detriot for the Thanksgiving day game and Orlando for their ProBowls. Cheerleading is everything and more to me, it has made me into a better person. Ask me anything you want to know about me, or for advice.
My cheer story:
Okay, so i started cheerleading when I was three years old on a youth team called tritown patriots. I did that for three years. I only did youth cheerleading because my brother played football. I would say I fell in love, but I can’t remember that far back about how I felt. I made so many new friends and me and my best friend became friends during youth and have been best friends for 10+ years, and we still cheer together. My youth coach was so mean, everytime I talked I had to run around the feild and I couldn’t stand it anymore so I quit. The summer of going into 9th grade, as a freshman. I thought about joining my schools cheerleading team. I forgot about doing everything, but I stilll practiced over the summer with the team. I practiced so hard on my motions and my jumps. By tryouts I made varsity cheerleading. I was so happy. Every day I would watch all these cheerleading videos and that’s when I knew I fell in love with cheerleading. It’s all I spend my time thinking about, and everyone knows me as the cheerleader. I never thought I would be good. Throughout the years I was like coaches pet and everyone liked me. Last year, I had a chance to tryout for an allstar team. My high school coach told me to choose one or the other. It was the hardest decison I had to make. I chose allstars. The coach, and the team wouldn’t speak to me for the longest time and said very bad things about me to the new girls who just joined. I wanted to do allstars because it would give me more experience for college and to improve myself. In my highschool we never competed, never taught how to tumble and barely knew how to stunt. The all star coach gave me a scholarship where I didn’t have to pay for anything, exept for the uniform and comps. I couldn’t pass that up! During allstars it was probably the best team i’ve ever been on. We were called Heiress Elite Allstars. We could have beaten so many teams, we were amazing. Were… The coach left us. Out of the blue. The way we knew is by him telling us all over our facebook page. That is so rude. He broke all of our dreams. Stole everyone’s money. Ruined chances anyone could have been to actually prove to our town that cheerleading is a sport and not just fun and games. I went back to my highschool team, and everyone hated me. The coaches daughter was on the team now and of course was favorited. She was a flyer, (heavy), I weighed 100lbs and never flew. Because I didn’t have the experience. Well how can I have the experience when no one will let me practice. She feels like if you can’t hit it on your first try (even if you’ve never flown before) than you shouldn’t be up. But, anyways. This year I regained their trust again and it felt so good. I had a long talk with the girls and my coach and I was crying the whole time cause I felt so bad and no one understood why i did what I did. This year our highschool team went to a compitition and we all worked so hard. It was a stunt competition and one of my bases, I could not have her base me. My boyfriend cheated on me with her. No one understood about how I felt, I just could not deal with that. Well, she had to quit because of “her knee”. and We had to change eveything like a week before comp. I was a nervous wreck. Anyways, during announcements we didn’t get called first, which I knew was going to happen but it still sucked to hear. But, they called us second! We were all happy. Then we found out that we, me and the four other girls got selected to preform in the half time show in Hawaii for 2013 in January, and the thanksgiving day game in Detriot in 2012. Two years ago, only I got selected out of my whole team to perform in the Rose Bowl in Florida for halftime for All American Cheerleader and got an award. This was sucha big accomplishment for our team. I’m a senior this year, and my cheerleading career is over. I’m 17 and I still don’t know how to tumble, but being the best cheerleader doesn’t mean you HAVE to know how to tumble. I believe that the best cheerleader has to have the best heart on and off the mat, court, or field. And does anything for anyone, and doesn’t have to look a certain way. I’m going to a community college for two years and then transfering to a college who’s cheerleading team is really good. Im going to train myself to work as hard as I possiably can over the next two years for tryouts. I’ll also be coaching cheerleading too because I cannot just leave it behind. I hope this shows you how much I love cheerleading. Sorry it was so long and not all sappy but at least i’m sharing it (: Okay bye, have a good day!