I have recently focused almost exclusively on the academic side of university, however in this week’s post I am going to give you an insight into what I do in my spare time: CHEERLEADING!
I am Treasurer for the University of Leicester’s cheerleading squad, the Panthers. When I’m not busy working in the library I can probably be found cheerleading or just hanging out with the rest of the squad! In case you don’t already know, cheerleading combines dance, gymnastics and stunting to create an intense and exciting performance sport which is getting more and more popular in the UK. As a University cheerleader I compete against other squads and support Leicester teams, the American Football team, the Longhorns, in particular.
For me, this term is full of cheer! The Panthers are competing at two National competitions, in Loughborough and Telford. The standard at these competitions is amazing and therefore I am having to fit in between 8 and 10 hours of training a week, alongside all the academic pressures of third year! It’s intense and pretty exhausting but I can’t wait to prove what the Panthers can do at our first competition on the 24th February!
This term the Panthers will also be cheering at the biggest University sporting event of the year – VARSITY. At Varsity, University of Leicester and De Montfort University sports teams battle against each other in a week of high stakes games. University pride is at stake and it gets hugely competitive! The rugby and football games are the pinnacle of the Varsity matches. They are held at the huge Leicester Tigers Stadium (rugby) and King Power Stadium (football). For the Panthers, this is probably the biggest audience we will perform in front of all year. We need to pull off an amazing half-time show as it is almost like our own Varsity match against the DMU cheerleaders!
It’s going to be one hell of a busy term but luckily I love cheerleading and the rest of the squad, so I can’t think of a better way to spend all my spare time.