Power Cheer All-Stars is sending three of its Fresno–Clovis-based cheerleading teams to The Summit, a prestigious cheerleading competition at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Power Cheer owner John Hebert, whose company also operates in Northern California, said the three local teams were selected to attend the May competition based on their performances at January’s American Masterpiece competition in San Jose.
Two of the teams, Power Clovis Lady Premonition (a senior-level team whose members are 10-18 years of age) and Power Clovis Lady Phenom (a 14-and-under junior-level team) won at-large bids, which entitles them to skip the first round of the competition and advance directly to the semi-finals.
The third — and youngest (11-and-under) — team, Power Fresno Lady Prada, was awarded a paid bid to the competition. The award, given to the team with the highest overall score, covers the cost of their entry fees and lodging and includes Walt Disney World Park Hopper tickets. They’ll also begin the competition in the semi-final round.
“They had the highest score across all levels,” Hebert said. “It’s the first time a team from the Central Valley has received a paid bid.”
He said the teams’ success is a result of the time and hard work their members put into the sport. Most athletes, he said, attend two-hour team practices twice a week: “They have two hours of tumbling, then they’re in a jump or flights class depending on their position within the team.” Many, he added, attend optional open gym sessions.
Now, that hard work has paid off. “I think all of our teams have a good shot at winning (Summit), definitely making it into finals,” Hebert said. “We try to create good kids with aspirations of winning. At the end of the day we hope we’ve prepared them to be the best they can be.”
Power Clovis is now accepting registrations for its 2016-17 competitive cheerleading teams. Visit www.powercheerallstars.com or call (559) 294-7611 for more information.