ACC had the opportunity to catch up with Edie George, A level 6 Aussie that earned her spot in Claw 6 at Cheer Athletics and walked away an NCA Champion!
|Age:||A Lady Never Tells|
|Years Cheerleading:||4 going into my 5th season (and 10 years of dance)|
|Favourite Movie:||Anything Disney|
|Favourite Book:||Harry Potter|
|Favourite Band/Artist:||Taylor Swift|
|Favourite Tv Show:||Game of Thrones|
How did you get started with Cheerleading?
What aspects of Cheerleading do you love the most?
I adore the pursuit of team excellence. The drive from your brothers and sisters who push you to never give up, all of you together trying to make your coach/es crack a smile and admit that just maybe, you’re gonna make some dreams come true.
How has Cheerleading prepared you to be a leader outside of the gym?
There’s a life outside the gym? Ha. But really… Cheer has made me a more compassionate person, a kinder person, more understanding and one more apt to be patient with others who have a different approach or means of understanding the world. Being a coach has helped me the most, realising that everyone has off days, and everyone misdirects anger and frustration. Live through the bad days, and you will be rewarded with the best days you could ever imagine. I have some very special athletes who have taught me that, and I’m forever thankful I stood by them through the tears so I could stand with them when they triumphed.
Tell us about your experiences at Cheer Athletics How hard is the training?
The training is physically hard, but mentally exhausting. Physically, I could handle it, but mentally convincing yourself that it was possible was the real struggle. My team were amazing and really taught me how important it is to be a good teammate. When you are tired and pushing to hit the pyramid for the third time and are on the twentieth failed rep, the energy and drive you get from those on the mat with you will make it all worthwhile. My Coach Brandy was fond of reminding us : “Everybody is hurting, everybody is tired, but does anybody care? No.” The only thing that matters on the mat is the reason we are all on the mat: to succeed.
What do you love the most about Cheer athletics that you want to bring to trainings in Australia?
What did you learn from Cheer Athletics?
Congratulations on your National Champions win at NCA this year how did that feel?
What advice can you give to Aussie cheerleaders who want to cheer in the US?
So whats next now? What are your plans now that you’re home?
Firstly, I’m beyond blessed to be working with Pure Allstars. I have always had so much respect for Tash Merzvinskis. She has also spent a season with CA, so we both have a similar vision of what we want to implement with our coaching styles. Together, and with the rest of the amazing coaches at PA (seriously, they have some impressive credentials), we are planning to make some MAGIC happen!