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Richmond cheerleading team need help to compete at Worlds

The Cambie athletes are looking for financial sponsors as they prepare to head to Florida in February

The pandemic killed off their chances of representing Canada at the 2021 High School World Championships.

But now a Richmond cheerleading team will get another bite at the elite event at Disney World in Orlando, FL. next February after it once more won the B.C. championships at the PNE.

The Cambie Cheerleading Team is already hyped up and excited about being one of three teams representing the country at what is considered the world championships of their craft.

However, there is one final barrier presenting a challenge for the athletes realizing their dream – finance.

“Our athletes are very excited for this trip, but the cost of such a trip is unaffordable for many of their families, especially after the pandemic,” said Mugi Masaki, team head coach and teacher sponsor.

“We are looking for donors within our local community to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience a reality for our athletes.”

The team, said Masaki, was founded in 2017, with the goal of making the sport more accessible for students.

“Cheerleading is an expensive sport to do outside of school, so this gives our students a chance to try something new without worrying about the cost,” she added.

“Most of our athletes begin with no previous experience, and train with the team all throughout their high school years.”

To help the team, email Masaki at mmasaki@sd38.bc.ca.