Cheering on Shelby in Dallas Texas

​This week Shelby3.jpegYear 11 St John Fisher College student Shelby Davidson-Pilkington and her team travel to Dallas Texas next week to compete in the largest cheerleading competition in the world.

Representing Deception Bay cheerleading and dance club, Cheer FX, Shelby travel to Dallas with her team and coaches Miranda and Karen Offield to compete at the National Cheerleaders Association- Nationals.

Cheer FX’s outstanding performance at the Dallas competition in 2017, made sporting history making them one of four Australian teams to place in the top three on the world stage.

Shelby, who started out as gymnast, discovered the sport of Cheer when she was 10 years old and six years later has progressed to ‘Senior Level 5’.

Not for the faint hearted, Cheer has led to many injuries, including several broken thumbs and a dislocated knee. Nonetheless, Shelby said she loves the sport and trusts her team and coaches implicitly.

“My greatest achievement to date is winning Nationals in 2018 in my stunt group, Golden Guns but competing in Dallas has to be the absolute pinnacle”, Shelby remarks.

“This will be my first time overseas and I am nervous, but also very excited; it will be the trip of a life time.”

  Shelby said the routine which lasts only 2 ½ minutes is simple exhilarating; “the aim is to “Hit Zero” (meaning no deductions) but at the end of the routine, not matter the result, knowing you have done your best puts a smile on your face.” 

St John Fisher College P&F have proudly supported Shelby by contributing to funds required to travel to Dallas.

“At St John Fisher College we support students in their wide variety of interests, including those not offered at the College. We are very proud of Shelby and her commitment to the sport,” said College Principal Ms Catherine Galvin.