ACC was excited to interview Anne-Marie from Outlaws All Stars. Anne-Marie has been involved in the cheerleading industry for many years and was the first flyer to hold the Guinness world record for the highest basket toss.
|Years Cheerleading:||5 years|
|Favourite Food:||Chocolate of course!!|
|Favourite Movie:||Mean Girls, only the most quotable movie of all time!|
|Favourite Book:||‘The Secret’- Rhonda Byrne. I like to keep it with me so I can have a quick look through it when I need a reminder of how truly lucky we are just to be here!|
|Favourite Band/Artist:||Always Beyonce|
|Favourite Tv Show:||Friends|
How did you get started with cheerleading?
I started Calisthenics at 18 months old. Although too young, I copied my older sister’s class in the back so the teacher took me on anyway! At 13 I decided it was time for change and began dancing at Dancer’s Edge. Back then, cheerleading was just pom and we danced at the local basketball doing dance lifts. Over the years we had a few American superstars (Shannon Smith, Derrick Turner) come out and teach us about All Star Cheerleading and it grew from there.
What do you love the most about cheerleading?
It’s a team sport where every athlete has a role and is crucial to a team’s success. We all know the effect on practice with just 1 team member away! I think that provides such a great & positive environment for anyone, at any age. And also, the amazing people you meet. There is no friendship quite like a cheer friendship!
Where has cheerleading taken you in your life
I have been blessed with many amazing opportunities from cheerleading and I am grateful everyday for the sport and for the incredible coaches and teammates who have supported me through them. I’ve been able to travel around the country and meet lots of wonderful Australian cheerleaders, and I’ve been to Worlds in Florida where I’ve met some incredible athletes from around the world. I spent the 2012-2013 season in Miami with Top Gun where I learnt amongst some of the most talented, inspirational and humble athletes and coaches in the industry.
What have you learnt from being a cheerleader and how has it changed you into the person you are today?
Goal setting and persistence. Definitely persistence! I remember my first time at worlds I was introduced to so many incredible skills, things that I NEVER thought I would be able to do! Skills don’t happen over night, it takes a lot of persistence but if you keep at it, anything is possible. And that can apply both in and out of the gym.
What teams do you coach?
Small Senior 1 AG, Small Senior 2 AG, Large Open Co Ed 2, Large Senior 4 AG.
Tell us about some of the things you can only experience as a coach?
The influence and bond you have with your athletes. It’s great to see kids gain skills, get excited after a strong performance and push through disappointments, but there’s nothing like watching one of your athletes walk into the gym overwhelmed from a tough day then walking out smiling and laughing from a great practice.
Tell us about your experiences at Worlds?
There really is nothing like it! There are cheerleaders everywhere who have all come together with the same passion. Everyone is so kind and supportive of each other. Although you’re amongst people you’ve never met before, it’s so easy to make friends because of the mutual love you all have for cheerleading- and that includes those who don’t speak English! I don’t think I’ve ever felt energy quite like the main arena at Worlds.
How did it feel representing your country and having them behind you?
Even though you are so nervous because you don’t want to let anyone down, you feel calm because you know you have the support back home.
Being at Worlds have you made a lot of new friends from around the world?
Yes! Some of my closest friends live internationally which is both amazing and difficult. I have friends from Mexico, Germany, America, Costa Rica, Finland, New Zealand, Bangkok and more! It’s so great to keep up with their cheerleading accomplishments around the world and to see that although we are countries and seas apart, cheerleading is a close community of love and support no matter where you are in the world.
What advice can you give to Aussie cheerleaders?
Don’t be in a rush to be a level 5 or 6 athlete. Sure, you can admire those levels and aspire to it, but enjoy the journey of perfecting your skills in levels 1-4 before progressing. It isn’t the level you compete at that determines what kind of athlete you are! And be true to yourself and your goals. Find those who inspire you but don’t let others influence who you are and where you are going. Work hard, enjoy the journey of your cheerleading career and have fun!! It’s all about having fun.
Who’s the most inspirational person in your life?
My dad- He has worked harder than anyone I know, he treats everyone he comes across with respect and he has shown me what the important things in life are. Beyonce- She’s a strong businesswoman who is unbelievably talented with a very humble heart.