- February 28, 2018
- Posted by: Mick Antoniw AM
- Category: Featured, Latest News
World champions Wales Paracheer wowed an audience of Assembly Members and visitors at a special performance of their 2017 gold medal winning routine at the National Assembly for Wales today.
The team’s success at their first world championships into 2017, secured Wales’ first ever gold. The Treforest-based team draws the majority of its members from Pontypridd, Church Village and Pontyclun and comprises a mix of disabled and non-disabled athletes. The squad will fly out to Florida to defend their title in May 2018.
Welcoming the team to the Senedd, Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd said:
“It has been great to be involved with the team over the last few years and to give them my support. What they have achieved in such a short period of time is absolutely fantastic.
“By winning gold in Florida last year the team have beaten the Americans at their own game.
“Today’s event has been an opportunity for Team Wales to further increase their profile in Wales and once again they did not disappoint. I wish them the very best for the championships in May and look forward to them doing Wales proud again.”
Coach Sabrina Steele-Mountjoy said:
“The pressure is really on this year to be better than last year. We’ve been working hard in the gym and it was fantastic to be able to showcase our routine at the Senedd.”
“It was a great honour to be invited to the Senedd and we really enjoyed the opportunity of showing Wales what Cheerleading really is.”
Athlete Katie Leigh said:
“It’s been so much fun performing for a completely different crowd of people today. Usually we perform for people who know everything about Cheerleading but showing others what our sport includes has been amazing.
“I’m so lucky that Cheerleading and Dance has opened so many doors for me and I’m looking forward to defending our title this year.”