Panther Cheer's competitive program got the new year off to an impressive start at the ATC Pacific Starz Championships in Chilliwack last weekend.
The Richmond club sent four teams to the second competition of the season and all came through with encouraging performances.
The contingent was led by the Youth Level 2 Team (11 and under) which not only won its division but was named the event's Grand Champion for earning the highest score of the 22 participating entries.
Panther's Senior Level 3 team (ages 18 and under) had an amazing run but a judging error landed them in third out of nine teams. Unfortunately, the nature of the sport doesn't allow you to go back and change results but the girls are happy knowing they would have tied for first in what is always one of the largest and most challenging divisions at any cheer competition.
The club's Senior Level 2 Team had a challenging week, having to remove an athlete from the routine due to injury, but pulled together and came eighth.
The Level 1 mini team (ages 6-8) placed fourth out of 10 entries.
All Panther teams are working hard for this weekend's Cheerfest Nationals in Abbotsford.
On the horizon, is the first American competition of the year in Tacoma, WA and the club's own event at the Olympic Oval on Mar. 2.