Diamonds’ sparkling day
PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 November 2010
IT may have been yet another long journey, but the IDC Diamonds Cheerleaders were in sparkling form once more.
Competing at the Southern Classic Cheerleading Championship in Eastbourne last weekend, there were 33 cheerleading teams and more than 900 participants from across England in action at the Devonshire Park Centre.
But the IDC Diamonds dazzled all weekend. A total of 27 cheerleaders and four qualified co aches from the club attended the two-day competition organised by the British Cheerleading Association.
In a new style two-hall arrangement, the IDC members had to produce 20 performances with all members in action in separate halls and supporting each other all the time.
Despite all the nervousness and anxiety, the club collected a stunning 16 trophies out of 20 performances.
“Judges from the USA, BCA staff members and all the other competing squads were all talking about our cheerleaders and their fantastic routines, which made me absolutely the proudest coach in the whole world!” Anett Allsopp, founder and head coach of IDC Diamonds, said.
“We couldn’t have achieved this much without our hard working and dedicated volunteer coaches, Samantha Lyon, Suzanne Harness, Shaun Allsopp and Claire Fenner.”
The IDC Diamonds’ results were:
n Eight first position trophies: Junior Group stunt Level 1, Youth Group Stunt Level 1 & Level 3, Mini trio Tumbling, Mini trio Non-Tumbling, Youth Duo tumbling, Mini Pom Dance Team, Youth Trio non-tumbling
n Five second position Trophies: Junior Group Stunt Level 2, Junior Duo non-tumbling, Mini Duo tumbling, Mini Duo non-tumbling, Youth Cheer Team Level 1
n One third position Trophy: Junior Pom Dance Team
n Two fourth position trophies: Junior Cheer Team Level 2, Junior Trio non-tumbling.
The chairman of IDC Diamonds, Shaun Allsopp, was quick to pay a special tribute to all of the IDC Diamonds’ staff, cheerleaders and parents.
“It was outstanding,” he said. “The way in which our cheerleaders, coaches, and parents and families represented Lowestoft made us all very proud to be part of it all.”
The club was also priviliged to be the only team in BCA history who had a cheerleader with Downs Syndrome participating in team routines.
“Twelve-year-old Emma Sykes won a first position trophy in one of the team routines and a second position trophy with one of the other team routines – and she is also deaf,” a delighted Mrs Allsopp said.
Team: Maisie Greenbank, Katie Robinson, Nicole Allsopp, Amy Baldwin, Tayla Chalk, Hannah Baldwin, Emily Baldwin, Shannon Scriven, Ellen Harness, Emma Sykes, Paige Beer, Shannon Dorling, Katie Lyon, Courtney Davis, Sammi-Jo Wong, Mollie Chalk, Annabel Hood, Annmarie Arnott, Brooke Lambert, Laura Seaman, Eva Harness, Ebony Dorling, Jessica Tate, Bexy Allsopp, Josie Lancashire and Keira Horwood.
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