We were super lucky to host the incredible Michaeleddie Rivera and Robert Scianna on their European tour this month. The kids had such a blast and it was so exciting to have World Champions at our gym!
On August 30th, 2014, Cougars made history by being the first cheerleading squad to perform all star cheer routine on the pitch at Croke Park. This was the opening performance of the Croke Park Classic event, an American Football game between the University of Central Florida and Penn State University. 52 of our wonderfully talented athletes took part in the routine which ranged from level 2 to level 5. The club continually strives to produce opportunities for our athletes, and this is a memory we will never forget.
A new season kicks off at Cougars this August 18th! We have 3 12 week terms this season with an extended summer term option as per usual. This year we kept training level 1-4 up until July 27th with great results so summer training really is worth it!
We are really looking forward to an exciting season for the club with so much to look forward to to. Only 2 weeks into term we will have performed to the biggest audience we have ever been in front of - 65000 people at Croke Park, where we will be performing at the Croke Park Classic American Football match between the University of Central Florida and Penn State University!
This is an unbelievable opportunity not only for Cougars but for Cheerleading in Ireland overall. We get to introduce Irish Cheer to the public! Excited is not the word! The event takes place on August 30th in Croke Park. Thank you so much to parents for allowing your athletes to take part and all the extra training that went with it. We are so grateful!
As soon as that's over, it's down to business with training for 21CC a priority for the club. Last year, our level 3 team went home as grand champs and we placed well with all other teams. It's a year since then and our level 3 team have moved to level 4, our level 2 team have moved to level 3 and we now have 2 new level 2 teams, and 4 level 1 teams! It's been a busy year!
In April this year, Coaches Hilton and Jamie traveled to Worlds in Florida with Team Ireland Coed Elite which was made up of 16 athletes from all over Ireland - Cougars was represented by Anna Clarke, Jenny Cunningham, Ciosa Marchant, Romina Gonzales, Louise Carey, Alisha Nicholson, Molly McNamara and Paul Curley. The team had a whirlwind year of training but pulled it off at Worlds! We couldn't be prouder of the whole team and the way our athletes represented Cougars in trying circumstances shows us we must be doing something right!
In May, Hilton and Jamie were elected into positions in the Irish Cheer Sport Association. Hilton is this year's Chairperson and Jamie will act as treasurer for the season. They are looking forward to helping to spread the sport of Cheer over the next year.
In June, Jamie and Paul finished their USASF Credentialing and we now have 3 level 5 qualified coaches at the club.
Jamie and Paul have been busy, as they also certified as Rebound Therapists this year and have started their fantastic work with children and youths with autism, which we hope will be of great benefit to the local community.
We will be welcoming Becky to the team as the new Head Coach of our Trampoline Program. Becky will be implementing lots of new and fun ideas for the
This season will be one to remember with lots in the pipeline and lots of opportunities for our sport to grow.
As we hit the halfway mark of another season at Cougars, here’s a round up
of all the news!
Cougars @ 21CC
Cougars routine results were as follows: Ultraviolets 4th place, Platinum and Titanium 3rd place, Gold 2nd place, Sr Open 3 1st place, Coed Extreme 1st place and overall competition Grand Champions. We also took home 1st and 2nd in solo junior dance, and all of our stunt groups performed well with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place among the trophies!
We couldn’t be prouder of our achievements at this competition. Titanium performed for their first time as a team together and there was only .5 points between 2nd and 3rd place! The routine went incredibly well and we’re very excited for the future of the squad. Gold too, had many first time members but performed amazingly and were just beat marginally. Great work coming from both of our locations! And of course our level 3 senior coed team took Grand Champions. For those of you who don’t know, it is incredibly hard to “max out” the score sheet at levels 3-5 so for a level 3 team to take this accolade was a big surprise to us and we’re delighted that the teams hard work is being rewarded with great results! Already looking forward to next year’s comp on home turf and very excited to see our level 1 teams continue to grow!
Salthill parents may notice the floor we train on has increased in size lately – we are now in a position to have a 7 panel floor in Salthill. We’re delighted that the facilities are improving. At our gym, you may also notice a new air track (which all the kids are scared of!). We strive to invest in the club as often as possible and sometimes this is in the form of equipment you can see but more often in training and other things you can’t see. This past year Hilton received his Level 5 USASF credentials, and Level 5 Future Cheer BGU instructor certificates. Jamie received his Level 3 USASF creds and Paul and Aoife passed their Level 2 USASF creds! This month both Jamie and Paul will travel to the UK to take a course in trampoline Rebound Therapy, a trampoline discipline for our special needs athletes.
Our Christmas Show will be held late this year on the 22nd of December. The event will take place at the Galway Lawn Tennis Club as per usual and will kick off at 11am. We expect the event to run for no more than an hour. Please ensure all participants arrive at 10.30am – no later. The event will see performances from all of our cheerleaders and trampoline gymnasts. The cost for entry is €3 – this is our annual fundraiser. Please note that fundraising helps us to buy equipment for the club. Any volunteers willing to help out for an hour would be appreciated!
Cougars Christmas break officially begins on the 22nd of December and we welcome classes back on the 6th of January. Please ensure your term fees are paid up to date before we finish for Christmas break.
Cougars will be attending the Irish All Star Nationals as per usual in Breaffy, Castlebar on March 1st and 2nd. We will tell each team in January whether they will be competing or not. There has been a number of lineup changes and stunt groups switched around in the last number of weeks which will affect whether teams will be ready or not.
St Patricks Day
As always, Cougars will perform in the St Patrick’s Day parade, please ensure that if for any reason your child cannot make the parade, you let your coach know! We plan for this event months in advance so knowing all the info will help!
Fundraising Day July 4th
We need some ideas for our annual fundraiser on the 4th of July. This is usually in the form of a bucket collection in the city centre, however it typically hasn’t worked well for us. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please contact us. We have lots of time to organise this but we need some inspiration!
Term dates / Trials / Fees
Please note the following dates:
Midterm Camps from: Feb 17th (dates will be given nearer the time) No classes from the 17th-23rd
Irish All Star Nationals March 1st
Term 3 begins March 3rd – May 30th Same term fee as this term
April 14-18 Tryout clinics for team placement 2014/15 will take place
Summer camp dates are as follows:
June 30- July 4 Level 1 Gold Camp July 7th-11th Level 2 Camps Senior and Junior
July 14th-18th Trampoline Camp July 21st-25th Full Day Activity Camp
Aug 5th-8th Level 4 Camp Aug 11th-15th Level 3 Camp
Aug 15th-17th Level 1 Platinum Camp Aug 18th – 19th Level 1 Ultraviolet Camp
Thank you for continuing to support the club. We have gone from strength to strength in the last 4 years and could not do that without the support of our athletes and families.
We promise to continue to strive to get the best experience possible for your child, to continue to instil discipline and fun in equal measure and continue to teach mind blowing skills for as long as your child is an athlete at Cougars.
Cougars recently celebrated great success at the first ever 21CC International Cheer and Dance Championships in Galway.
Cougars took home the following accolades
Senior Level 3 - 1st and overall Grand Champions
Senior Open 3 - 1st place
Senior Level 2 - 3rd place (.05 difference!)
Senior Level 1 - 2nd place
Junior Level 1 - 3rd place
Youth Level 1 - 4th place
Maria Cunningham - Non Tumbling Solo - 1st place
Claire Lohan - Non Tumbling Solo - 2nd Place
Level 3 Stunt Groups - 2nd, 3rd and 5th place
Level 2 Stunt Groups - 5th and 7th
Level 1 Stunt Group - 2nd place
Level 4 Stunt Group - 1st place
Team Ireland were officially chosen at a tryout at Cougars gym in may 2013 and have been training bi monthly since then. We are proud to announce that 13 of the 30 strong team are Cougars! With girls from Strikeforce, Ace High Cheer, Galaxy GTC, Silverstars Cheer and Attitude Dance making up the rest of the team. The team will be going to Worlds in Florida next April.
Arrive at Stuntworx by 12 on Friday. Wear suitable training gear as we will be running routines.
BRING ONE CARRY ON ONLY.
We will be travelling by bus to Dublin Airport leaving at approximately 4pm.
We leave on Ryanair flight 778 at 22.10, arriving in Glasgow Prestwick at 23.00.
We have a really fast changeover at the airport to the train which will bring us to the Euro Hostel on Clyde Street in Glasgow (+ 44 (0)8455 399 956). This return transfer is included in your cost.
We will not arrive at the hostel until after midnight, however we will be able to sleep in until 8 on Saturday.
From there we are competing in the SECC in Glasgow. We will be getting the train to the stadium and this will cost around £2 return.
Cheerleaders will need money for lunch and dinner on both days. We will be going shopping on Sunday so cheerleaders may wish to bring spending money, however, window shopping is just as much fun and quicker! Reminder: only buy as much as you can wear/fit in your carry-on. We don’t want anyone to be left behind while trying to make room in their luggage…. Ryanair are not very understanding.
We will be coming back on Flight 777 leaving Glasgow at 21.50 and reaching Dublin at 22.40. We will be returning by bus at approximately 23.00. This bus will be back in Galway approximately 1.30am.
UNIFORM inc Bow, shoes, white socks, spanks and any supports necessary
Last year's ID from Scotcheer!
Passport and boarding pass (if you have bought your own flight)
Clothes to wear travelling, a change of clothes for Sunday and bed clothes
HAIRSPRAY! And all other toiletries
Any necessary medication and a note from a parent detailing the use of this
In Case of Emergency phone numbers
Spending money for 2 lunches and 3 dinners and whatever else you may wish to buy on Sunday
Squad Rosters 2013-2014
Please note, if you are not listed below, you need to contact us to make sure there is a place on a team for you - errors happen, don't worry too much!
If you are not on the level you want, then make sure you continue to work hard and make us notice! Mid season changes happen all the time, and we always need subs around September!
Platinum Senior Level 1
1 Alina Crossover
2 Katie K
3 Chloe C
9 Jennie O'Brien
11 Rachel K O'B
12 Aisling Meehan
13 Alanna C
14 Sarah F
18 Amy B
25 Anna O'Brien
26 Caroline Crossover
27 Roisin Q Crossover
28 Paris Crossover
Titanium Senior Level 2
1 Monica M
2 Naomi Crossover
4 Rachel O'F Crossover
8 Erica M
9 Amy Murphy
10 Paris Crossover
12 Laura C
13 Caroline Crossover
14 Roisin Q Crossover
Coed Extreme Senior Level 3
1 Maria Cunningham
2 Molly McNamara
3 Lainey Lynskey
4 Emma Greene
5 Caoirse Mullis Mulligan
6 Jenny Flaherty
7 Romina Gonzalez
8 Emma O'Brien
9 Alisha Nicholson
10 Paul Curley Crossover
11 Cadhla Forde
12 Jenny Cunningham
13 Louise Carey
14 Ellen Fallon
15 Anna Clarke
16 Jade Connolly
17 Claire Lohan
18 Ciosa Marchant
19 Alannah Howard
20 Rachel Quirke
21 Monica Colleran
22 Alice Cunningham Rec
The GCC Senior Open Level 3
1 Aisleen Clarke
2 Hilton Holian
3 Mags Tuohy
4 Cara Jane
5 Aisling Frawley
6 Tracey Costello
7 Jamie Byrne
8 Emma O'Loghlen
9 Aoife O'Carroll
10 Sarah Kwateng
11 Micheal Curley
12 Paul Curley Crossover
13 Carol Ann Forde
Ultraviolet Youth Level 1
1 Megan G
2 Skye C
3 Emma C
15 Alina Crossover
Gold Junior Level 1
2 Anna K
3 Anna M
10 Lea D
11 Lucy Mu
12 Lucy Ma
16 Rachel O'F Crossover
19 Alanna N
21 Carra H
22 Rachel C
23 Emily L
24 Megan F
26 Ciara G
27 Naomi Crossover
28 Alex T
29 Eleanor E
31 Megan H
32 Gillian M
34 Lauren M
35 Rebecca F
What's going on!