This week Year 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
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.