Assembly Member for Pontypridd for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw was a special guest of Team Wales ParaCheer at their recent showcase event to celebrate winning gold in the ParaCheer Unified Freestyle Pom category at the ICU World Championships held in Florida, USA.

 The team comprises disabled and non-disabled dancers working together inclusively, with the majority of members coming from Pontypridd, Church Village, Tonteg and the Rhondda. Their gold medal winning performance was the ParaCheer teams first appearance at the World Championships.

 Coach Sabrina Mountjoy from Church Village said:

 “To hear the national anthem being played for the first time ever at the World Championships was an extremely emotional experience, but for this young team to achieve gold at their first attempt was a truly magnificent moment. I’m so proud of every one of the girls and what they have achieved together.”

 “I’m delighted that Mick was able to be our special guest at our celebratory showcase event.  We’re always looking to get more disabled and non-disabled dancers involved in ParaCheer, so having such enthusiastic support from our Assembly Member is really appreciated.”

 Sisters Isabelle and Eliza Price from Church Village said:

 “Coming from a gymnastics background this was our first time competing in ParaCheer Pom dance. It was an experience of a lifetime – one that we got to share together as sisters and as a family.  We are so excited for what the future holds and we are all eager to defend our title next year.”

 Mick Antoniw said:

 “This is another example of the talent and commitment of young people within our community and I’m thrilled that they’ve won gold. Team Wales ParaCheer are a fantastic group of people and it was a pleasure to see them perform and give them my support. They are a real credit to their community and to Wales.”

 Team Wales’ gold medal winning performance can be viewed here: